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posted: May 31, 2006

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Timely Tip: Shining a Light on Safety

Safe footing and adequate lighting are increasingly issues as we age. Caregivers can take many steps to literally light the way for their aging loved ones. Here are simple tips for enhancing the safety and workability of nearly every area of the home for the elderly:

  • Position light on areas of work or concentration, never at eye level.
  • Put the light directly where it is needed. Use lamps that swivel and can be raised or lowered to help direct the light.
  • Lights can be installed anywhere. For task, cabinet and toe space lighting, miniature light sources work well in just about any location.
  • Provide extra lighting in stairs and hallways where it can be difficult to move easily.
  • Make sure lighting switches are positioned in easily found locations.
  • Contrast switchplates with wall color or use switchplates that contain small lights.
  • Consider pre-set light timers for difficult areas.
  • Use fluorescent wall sconces in hallways or in corners to provide even illumination and eliminate dark circles or shadows.

For a detailed look at lighting and the elderly, including many more tips, read our May 2006 feature article in Caregiver’s Home Companion entitled A Caregiver Primer: Shedding More Light for Aging Eyes.

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