One of the best ways to ensure your senior loved one remains as independent as possible is to make changes to his or her home that make living easier. You may need to remove obstacles, add handrails, and choose furniture and fixtures designed specifically for older adults with mobility issues. However, one thing many caregivers often forget about is lighting. Enhancing lighting in the home can help seniors with impaired vision and mobility issues lead independent lives, as well as prevent falls and other accidents. Here are a few tips to help you enhance the lighting in your loved one’s home.
Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
Take advantage of sunlight to brighten up your loved one’s home. Using sunlight is cheaper than adding more lamps and fixtures, and it may even help your loved one save money on his or her energy bill. Remove dark, heavy curtains and drapes and replace them with blinds that are easy to open. Add mirrors to the room, as they will reflect natural light back onto the walls. If it’s in the budget, add a skylight or extra window to rooms where your loved one spends a lot of time.
Adequate lighting is just one of the many things older adults need to enjoy a high quality of life. To successfully age in place, some seniors require the help of a professional caregiver. Families rely on Home Care Assistance Prescott to provide caregivers who are expertly trained in various aspects of senior home care, including our holistic Balanced Care Method, an evidence-based program focused on healthy eating, regular exercise, mental and social stimulation, and calmness and purpose.
Replace the Bulbs
Sometimes adding more lighting to a home can be as simple as changing out the light bulbs. Check lamps and fixtures to see the maximum wattage they can handle and upgrade to that number. Consider upgrading to LED lighting because a 10-watt LED bulb gives off the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent one.
Lighten Up the Colors in the House
Dark colors and heavy objects can absorb light. If your loved one is up for a change in décor, consider lighter colors. At the very least, paint the walls a lighter color. Both of you may be surprised at the change.
Add Lamps to Seating Areas
If your loved one has a chair, sofa, or bed where he or she sits frequently, make sure it is well-lit with an extra lamp or two. Adding a lamp allows your loved one to read, sew, eat, or handle everyday tasks in his or her favorite spot. Make sure the lamps are easy to reach, especially from a seated position.
Consider hiring a professional caregiver to help your loved one remain safe and comfortable at home. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Prescott respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
Ensure All Lighting Is Easy to Turn On and Off
Walking in a dark room increases your loved one’s risk of falls and injuries. Make sure the entrance to all rooms has a working light switch. In the bedroom, make sure there’s a bedside lamp or light switch that can be reached from a lying position. Consider installing remote control lighting, smart home lighting, or lighting that is voice or motion activated.
Insufficient lighting can make older adults susceptible to fall-related injuries and several other issues. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality home care. Prescott families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at 928-771-0105 today.