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Home Remodeling for Seniors with Vision Problems

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
August 02, 2012

Question: My mother’s eyesight is failing. What kind of home remodeling should I focus on to make her life easier?

Answer: Conduct a home safety assessment with a qualified professional, preferable an occupational therapist, to determine the appropriateness of the physical surroundings.  Removing loose articles from the floor (throw rugs, extension cords for lights, pet articles, etc.) and making sure that traffic areas remain uncluttered are essential, but so are things like installing countertops that are easy to distinguish and differentiate from other surfaces.  As a person ages and eyesight deteriorates, so does their depth perception and ability to distinguish between different heights and surfaces.  Defining those surfaces with contrasting colors or textures will enable the user to function with more efficiency and comfort.  

Ensuring that both interior and exterior lighting is adequate is also important, especially in low light levels or at night.  New technology has been developed whereby wireless radio frequency-controlled devices can replace existing hard-wired electrical devices and be controlled remotely or by a smart phone.  This technology means that conventional hard-wired systems have become obsolete and the labor to install them dramatically reduced.

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Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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