Dealing with some decrease in sharpness and clarity of vision is a normal part of aging.
When this diminishment becomes more severe, however, it can turn into low vision, which is an impairment that can negatively impact your senior parent’s function, independence, quality of life, and even safety. As a family caregiver, it is important that you take the proper steps to help them to address this low vision and maintain as much of their independence, activity, engagement, and lifestyle as they can, as they age in place. One way that you can do this is by making meaningful modifications throughout their home. These can address specific difficulties that your senior has so that they are able to continue fulfilling daily tasks.
Some meaningful modifications you can make to your parents home to help them deal with low vision include:
-Installing additional lights throughout the home. Brighter light can help a senior to see more clearly, helping them to avoid obstacles and better detect other potential risks such as changes in elevation, threshold, steps, and walls
-Installing additional lights throughout the home can also help your parent to continue to engage in the activities that they enjoy the most such as sewing, reading, painting, and other tasks that require being able to see details
-Placing a magnifying glasses in each room throughout the home so that your parent can use them when they need to see something more detailed
-Adding a strip of brightly colored tape or bright paint to each step so that your parent can better detect them as they go up and down the stairs. This is particularly important if the steps are the same color as the floor on the landing and at the bottom of the steps
-Adding a small strip of brightly colored tape, bright paint, or even glow in the dark paint to the edges of walls so that your parent can better detect corners that they might run into
-Adding a mark on stovetop dials so that it is easier to see when all of the ranges are completely turned off
How can Elder Care help?
Starting home care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to boost their quality of life, support better physical, mental, and emotional health, and encourage them to live a lifestyle that is active and fulfilling as they age in place.
An in-home senior care services provider can be there with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your loved one is getting all of the care, support, and assistance that they need, while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence and engagement as possible throughout their later years. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care needs such as grooming and bathing, meal preparation, mobility assistance, and companionship. Knowing your parent has this type of care will ease your stress and allow you to focus your energy and attention more effectively and efficiently throughout your care journey.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Estero FL, please contact the caring staff at Touched by An Angel Senior Care today. Call 239-215-8803 today.