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These 5 adaptations are simply examples of how to best change things around to get your vision working in your favor. Your home will have additional needs that aren't discussed here, but this is a great jumping off point to get started.

Reducing glare, visual clutter, improving the lighting conditions where possible are all basic approaches to adapting your home. This is the first step that should be analyzed before investing in adapted equipment to increase the independence and efficiency of your Activities of Daily Living. 

1. Natural Light

Glare is one of THE BIGGEST culprits for making my client's homes difficult to function in. It comes in from the beautiful natural light through the windows. Of course, we want to use this natural light to our advantage, but if we are getting more glare than illumination, it's time to install some curtains or blinds.

Depending on how intense the light is, curtains are helpful because they can help diffuse the light, but if you need to shut out or control the direction of the light, blinds may be a better choice. 

Adapt by eliminating cords, rugs and shoes

clear floor space to reduce the risk of falls

2. Floor Clutter

Regardless of how neat and tidy your place is, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Primary offenders of clear floor space include:

  1. Power Cords & Cables
  2. Rugs, Mats
  3. Shoes

3. Organization

Easier said than done. Again, another area that can always be improved. Drawers, storage rooms, garages, etc all need their own systems of organization. When putting vision loss in the picture, tubs, buckets, baskets, Large Print labels and dividers are critical pieces to the puzzle. 

4. Closet Maintenance

Probably everyone's favorite cleaning task: closets. Adding motion sensor puck lights can help you navigate your closets from the inside, but organization is indispensable. So, whether you want to get to it or not, maintaining our closets can help with these vital Activities of Daily Living:

  • locating items

  • pairing outfits

  • color coding systems

5. Work Station

The final home adaptation that you may already have in place, is a work station. A work station is key in maximizing the endurance of your eyes (avoiding fatigue). It also provides you with a central place to curate reading and writing tools. This is defined as a designated desk or table with:

  • a chair
  • supportive light
  • your necessary magnifiers or reading tools
  • technology needs (CCTV, laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • a prop or stand to improve reading posture

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