If you have family members or friends with reduced vision, pay attention to colors and contrast around their homes. Improving the colors and contrast in the home will allow for increased safety and independence. Here are some simple rules to remember regarding color and contrast for those with low vision:

Generally, solid, bright colors such as red, orange and yellow are easiest to see because of their ability to reflect light.

Place light-colored objects against darker backgrounds. For example, a white sheet of paper is more visible against a brown desktop.

Place dark objects against lighter backgrounds. A dark chair will stand out better against white or cream colored walls.

Distinguishing colors within each of the following groups may be more difficult. Keep this in mind when arranging objects and furniture in the home:

  • Navy blue, brown and black
  • Blue, green and purple
  • Pink, yellow and pale green

Mark the leading edge of the first and last steps with bright paint or light-reflecting tape that contrasts with the background color of the flooring.

Use solid, brightly colored, and/or textured hallway runners to clearly define walking spaces.

Before preparing to assist a sight impaired person with his/her household and furnishings, it is always important to keep that person’s feelings in mind. A person coping with vision loss may be battling a cacophony of fears, including a reduced sense of control over her life, fear of decreased independence, loss of privacy, and concern that others may view her differently. She may also feel overwhelmed or afraid of the future and reluctant to share her thoughts with others. Remaining sensitive to these fears rather than dismissing them will make a significant impact.

A home healthcare nurse at Live Free Home Health Care can also assist by providing specialized in-home care for persons with low vision in order to enhance independence and improve safety. Click here for further resources and information on assisting persons with low vision.

Besides Concord, New Hampshire, Live Free Home Health Care also services the rest of the Lakes region and central New Hampshire. Call us today at 603-217-0149.

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