Living at home independently requires some important considerations and organisation around your home.
Different strategies work for different people, but some of the areas that might make your home more comfortable for you include:
Lighting - bigger, bolder, brighter
Good lighting needs to be bright enough to allow you to perform required tasks; provide even light across the area to prevent shadows; and be free from direct or indirect glare. Make the most of your vision with the principles; bigger, bolder, brighter.
Organise your home
It is important to be organised and able to identify objects, so you can find things when you need them. Grouping items with clips or rubber bands; putting frequently used items in highly accessible areas; and having labelling systems are all important ways to aid a functional home.
Vision Australia stocks re-usable labels that can be brailled or written on in black marker.
There are many factors that can place you at risk of a fall. Some of these include your health, vision loss, medication you are taking and your level of physical fitness. Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone in the home, workplace and in the community. Other common risks include pouring hot liquids, and use of electrical appliances.
If you require advice or assistance, Vision Australia may be able to do an environmental assessment of your home or workplace.
Take advantage of technology
A range of scanning technology is now available to enable people who are blind or have low vision to easily identify items and products around them. There are also devices that help to identify more specific aspects of items in our environment.
Some of the new technologies include audio labellers, talking barcode scanners, colour detectors and audible light sensors for people with diabetes. There are many newer technologies continually arrive on our shelves at Vision Australia, that offer far greater possibilities that improve independence.
Stay in touch with friends and family
Using your home phone, recording phone numbers and using your smart phone, such as an iPhone, to talk with friends and family can be simplified using our strategies. Our adaptive technology team run courses on using smart phones and our online shop has a great range, such as big button phones, training sessions and more.
Working in the shed
Vision Australia's woodwork program helps people who are blind or have low vision to gain confidence in using power tools, whilst also enabling skills transfer for future employment opportunities.
If you would like to talk to us about some of the solutions we can assist you with, call us on 1300 84 74 66, or visit our online shop.
Contact us early and get the support you need. For more information on Vision Australia’s services call our helpline on 1300 84 74 66 or email [email protected]. You can also connect with our services here.