Since eyesight tends to deteriorate with old age, proper lighting is more than just a good design element in a senior’s home. Having well-lit spaces makes it easier for seniors to enjoy their hobbies, and it can also prevent accidents from tripping over objects in dark areas. Here are a few ways you can make your senior loved one’s lighting more effective.
Switch Out Bulbs for Brighter Ones
One of the quickest and easiest ways to add more brightness to a senior’s home is to switch out current bulbs for brighter ones. If possible, choose halogen, LED, or incandescent bulbs because they reach full brightness as soon as they are turned on instead of taking a while to gradually brighten. When selecting the new bulbs, make sure you do not exceed the recommended wattage rating for any fixture because it could melt the socket.
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Add Some Lamps
If there is still not enough light from the preinstalled fixtures in the house, you can increase the lighting with smaller table and floor lamps. Walk through the house with all the lights on at night and notice areas that are still dim. These are good places to put lamps. If possible, plug the lamps into outlets that connect to a wall switch. Seniors with arthritis may find it easier to turn on lamps with wall switches instead of having to fumble with pull chains or twist knobs.
Install Motion Sensors
All the light is useless if your loved one has to travel through darkened regions to reach the light switch. To prevent falls while your loved one is trying to turn on the lights, install some motion sensors. Motion sensors ensure the room brightens up as soon as your loved one reaches the area he or she is about to travel through, and you can set them up to operate on a timer. Motion sensors can also be helpful for seniors with dementia that cause them to forget about turning on the lights.
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Update Light Switches
In some homes, the issue is not the amount of available light. Instead, the issue is a lack of accessible lighting. Light switches can become difficult for seniors to operate if they have arthritis in the fingers, arms, shoulders, or back. It can also be challenging for seniors who use wheelchairs to reach light switches. Take the time to change the light switches in your loved one’s home and make them easy to reach. It is helpful to have rocker switches that can be operated with a broad gesture instead of knobs or tiny switches that require more careful manipulation.
Inadequate lighting in place can make older adults susceptible to accidents and fall-related injuries. To successfully age in place, some seniors require the help of a professional caregiver. Families rely on Home Care Assistance Rowlett 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. To create a customized in-home care plan for your elderly loved one, give us a call at (972) 722-7833 today.