|In recognition of Low vision Awareness Month,|
5 easy tips to improve home safety.
February is Low Vision Awareness Month. According to the National Eye Institute, low vision means that even with eyeglasses and other corrective measures, people can have difficulty with everyday tasks. Among the elderly, low vision can contribute to trips, falls and loss of mobility. Falling and fear of falling is a concern for those with low vision, but making a home safer doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
The facts: Each year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls, and of those, up to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries. Ninety percent of people want to remain in their own homes, where they’re comfortable and have privacy and dignity. Yet, falls or fear of falling are the cause of up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions.
Here are five easy, inexpensive ways to prevent falls by instantly making a home safer:
1. Remove tripping hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, cords and furniture in pathways. Move furniture and cords so they’re more safely located around a room’s perimeter. If area rugs are necessary, attach them to the floor with heavy-duty, double-sided tape.
2. Add adequate, even lighting throughout the home to avoid shadows. Lighting should be sufficiently bright but not cast glare. Reduce glare with frosted bulbs, indirect lighting, lamp shades and partially closed window coverings. Use nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms, halls and stairways to help prevent falls.
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4. Apply peel-and-stick color-contrasting strips in the home to help visually define objects and changes in height. Ideal placement includes stair edges, where walls meet floors, thresholds and floor transitions, and the edges of tubs and showers.
5. Make sure your loved one gets regular personal health and safety assessments to help reduce risk of falling. Lifestyle factors for successful aging in place include a healthy diet, plenty of vitamin D through sunlight and supplements, weight-bearing exercise on a regular basis, proper-fitting footwear and eyeglasses, limited alcohol use, and being aware of medication side effects.
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