If you have developed sight loss, often with some adaptations or thinking about things a bit differently, you can continue to enjoy the same things you always have done. Sight Service can provide you with advice on equipment to help you do everyday tasks or tips on how to keep doing the hobbies you love.
Try to Increase the amount of natural light entering into your home. This could be as simple as installing new blinds or curtains,
Fix any hazards such as loose carpets or trailing wires.
Organise for handrails to be fitted on either side of the staircase to hold on to.
Putting raised markings on appliance controls.
Having non-slip flooring in the bathroom and kitchen.
Finding out about aids and gadgets which might help you to live more safely and independently.
Most people with sight loss need and benefit from enhanced lighting, and good lighting can allow you to make the most of your sight. Improving the lighting in your home isn't difficult or complicated. Often, lighting can be improved by:
Plugging a table, desk or floor light into existing sockets.
Fitting bulbs that give more light, including daylight bulbs.
Changing shades and fittings to increase light levels or change the direction of light.
Lights under wall cupboards which shine onto worktops
A clip-on spotlight that can be used as needed
Colour and contrast can help make things easier to see when you are preparing food. Below are some examples of how different contrasts can help in the kitchen:
It is easier to find light coloured food like potatoes on a dark chopping board and darker food, such as green beans, on a light board.
Dark handles on light kitchen units are easier to spot.
If you are pouring a drink, it is easier to see how full the cup is if it is a contrasting colour. Try making tea and coffee in a light coloured mug then add the milk. You could also try using a liquid level indicator. It can tell you when a cup, bowl or jug is near full.
Plugs and sockets are easier to find if they are a different colour to the walls and worktops.
There is a lot of special equipment you can use to make cooking easier. You can also get talking measuring jugs and scales so you can accurately measure out ingredients.
If you have trouble reading food packaging, you will find it a lot easier to cook in your kitchen if everything is properly labelled. Again, a PenFriend is a great way to quickly identify ingredients and jars.
You can also get talking tin lids or use contrasting stickers or braille labels. Try and have a clear system of where you keep things, and make sure that everyone who uses your kitchen knows to put things back where they find them.
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