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Low or Reduced Vision in Seniors: Home Modifications to Maintain Safety

Modifying the house for seniors with reduced vision can improve safety.

When you think about our senses, our vision is most likely the one for which we are most thankful. A great deal of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we see in the world around us. Our sense of vision also shields us from a wide range of dangers. Low or reduced vision can make it more difficult to steer clear of the dangers and barriers we encounter, both within and outside of the home.

If you are caring for a loved one who contends with low vision, an innovative use of colors and contrasts can raise the senior’s level of safety and autonomy. It’s not as complicated as you may think! For instance, keep these techniques in mind:

  • Solid, vibrant colors like orange, red, and yellow are best for reflecting light, and therefore are easiest to see.
  • Light-colored items set against darker-colored backgrounds give heightened contrast. For example, putting a white sheet of paper on a brown desk stands out much more than on an off-white surface.
  • In the same way, dark items are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A deep blue chair can be seen best when placed against a lighter-colored wall.
  • When placing furniture and other things in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that distinguishing between them can be a struggle for people with low vision. The most common color combinations that cause problems are:
  • Black, brown, and navy
  • Green, blue, and purple
  • Yellow, pink, and light green
  • Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can help them stand out.
  • Hallway runners in bright, solid colors can help more clearly define walking pathways.

Naturally, before implementing any changes in a senior loved one’s home who suffers with low vision problems, it’s necessary to keep that person’s wishes and feelings in mind. A senior dealing with vision loss is most likely facing a wide array of fears, like a reduced sense of control over his/her life decisions, reduced independence and privacy, and the fear that people may see him or her in a different way. The individual may also feel overwhelmed or anxious about what the future has in store, and resistant to share his or her thoughts. Remaining sensitive to these feelings instead of just brushing them aside can make a substantial impact.

If a senior loved one in your life is struggling with low vision challenges, call on the Salem home care team at New Horizons In-Home Care for help and resources. We’d be pleased to set up a free in-home evaluation and work with you to put together an appropriate care plan to keep the senior safe and thriving at home. Reach out to us any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115  and let our compassionate care team share how we can help!

How to Overcome Technology Hurdles for Seniors and Their Family Caregivers

These days, older adults are overrun with a surge of high-tech products focused on improving their self-reliance and safety and providing life enhancement. At a touch of a button or two, seniors can automatically pay a visit “in person” with friends and relatives through Skype, wear a pendant that responds with emergency help when needed, and even remain safe from wandering with specialized sensors attached to apparel or shoes. 

The question becomes how to inspire older adults (and family members who care for them) to shift from a low-tech mindset to enjoying all that’s available to them. New Horizons In-Home Care wants to help families overcome technology hurdles for seniors. AARP reports that as few as 7% of family care providers are using technology solutions in their care, but that 71% are interested in using technology that would help make caregiving easier. Why is there such a massive gap between the interest and use of care technology solutions?

Some typical hurdles:  

  • Stigma. Many people see the use of some technology, such as medical alert pendants, as equal to a loss of their freedom.
  • Finding help. Troubleshooting problems with technology leads many older adults and their caregivers to quit attempting to get devices to work. 
  • A lack of time. Carving out time to learn and attempt something new is particularly daunting for busy families who care for their loved ones. 

If you’d like to try and integrate health care technology into senior caregiving but are facing these difficulties, call on New Horizons In-Home Care and our team in senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas for assistance. Our competent and patient care professionals can help overcome the technological obstacles by:   

  • Recommending technology that fits a senior’s personality and challenges   
  • Providing instruction on how to use the technology 

Whether it is teaching someone how to enjoy applications on a smartphone, or arranging for a personal medical alert system, we can keep older adults connected to friends and family and help them enjoy life to the fullest. Reach out to our experts in senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115 to learn more.

How to Prevent Senior Loneliness After the Holidays

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Loneliness and depression often affect elder adults once the joys of the holiday season have passed.

The holidays can be overflowing with a whirlwind of activities for the older adults we love, with family gatherings, holiday parties, faith-based services and events, determining the best gifts for those they love. Yet after the decorations are packed away and families have gotten back to the everyday busyness of life, many aging adults are impacted by a frequent but little-discussed concern: post-holiday senior loneliness. Continue Reading →

Seniors Who Age in Place Benefit From the Comfort and Familiarity of Home

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Home health care agencies can help seniors safely age in place.

It’s a fact: the great majority of today’s seniors would like to age in place instead of facing a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. And for good reason: home care services empower elderly adults to experience safety and protection, while retaining the comfort and familiarity of home and their local community. When the difficulties of aging or chronic conditions cause concerns to arise about a senior’s capability to remain safely at home, professional home care agencies, like New Horizons In-Home Care, the senior care Eugene and surrounding area families trust, offer a viable solution.  Continue Reading →

Maintain a Healthy Diet for Cancer Patients with These Tips

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Maintain a healthy diet for cancer patients by following a few easy steps.

Maintaining a healthy diet for cancer patients is especially critical for those undergoing chemo or another type of cancer treatment, but one of the significant side effects stopping patients from eating well is a change in how food tastes. It’s important to conquer this and other challenges to healthy eating in an effort to maintain the strength needed for chemotherapy treatments and to safeguard against infections. Eating a balanced diet might even help cancer patients better manage higher amounts of certain types of medicines. Continue Reading →

Medication Management for Seniors: Tips to Help Keep Your Loved One Safe

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Many seniors take more than five prescriptions each day and proper medication management is important for safety.

With more than 10,000 prescription drugs available in the U.S., it’s no surprise that so many older adults – approximately one in three – are taking at least five of them each and every day. And family caregivers understand firsthand the difficulty of managing these medications for seniors. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that approximately 55% of prescription medications are being taken incorrectly for a variety of reasons, and the results can be exceedingly harmful. Continue Reading →

Start the Conversation With Older Adults About Needing Help at Home

Use these conversation starters to help initiate a discussion with a senior loved one who may need help at home.

Getting used to the reality that a senior loved one may be needing help at home can be difficult. Even more challenging is speaking frankly about the need for home care with the senior and getting him or her to accept that assistance is needed. If you have spotted changes in your loved one and you’re sensing the need to start talking about home care as a possibility for maintaining safety and independence in the home, try these conversation starters to broach the topic in a delicate, non-confrontational way: Continue Reading →

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