Visually Impaired: How to Prepare Your Home
Your loved one was just diagnosed with low vision impairments. They can no longer live alone and you are preparing your home so that you can take care of them. While this may seem to be a simple task; you should really take your time to prepare a space that they are comfortable and safe in. While some changes may be noticeably necessary, others may not be. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home.
Speak to doctor
Your first step is speaking with his doctor. What type of impairment do they have? What changes are necessary in providing them the best care possible. Are there things in your home that need to be changed in order to accommodate them?
Speak to your loved one
Communication between the two of you is a necessity at this point, or else you will be two miserable people living under one roof- which will only cause issues later on. What is causing the most angst for them right now, finding door knobs or doorways? Tripping over the threshold where carpet meets tile? Speak to one another to figure out the best possible way to make life safe and easy.
Declutter and Organize
Declutter and organize your home, without worrying about practicality. Sometimes, if there are too many things and they are over organized, this may cause some stress to your loved one. While trying to readjust to new changes, they may be overwhelmed with not being able to find anything because there is so much already going on. Downsize, and keep things in an order that will be easy for them to navigate through. What may make sense to you now may not make any sense to someone with lower vision.
If you’re loved one still has some ability to see, assure that they have appropriate lighting to adjust to their surroundings. Too much bright light may make it difficult to see, and not enough could have the same effect. An even, steady lighting situation is probably going to be your best bet to assure that your lighting will be correct. If you don’t have outdoor lighting, this may be something to think about as well.
Take a deep breath
Preparing your home may feel like a daunting task, but with communication and a little bit of out of the box thinking, your loved one can have the best chance in your home. Thinking about safety and practicality can help put you both on the same page.