Check light levels for daytime and nighttime vision to be sure they are more than adequate in work areas, hallways, frequently used rooms, and pathways outside the home.
Illuminate edges of stairs.
Install night lights throughout the home to light the way.
Install senior light switches. These detect movement and will turn on the lights automatically when you enter a room. The lights also turn off automatically when there is no one in the room.
Install a remote. This is a device held in your hand that controls a light that is plugged into a receiver that is plugged into a standard outlet.
Install outdoor security sensor lights for added security.
Even levels of light throughout the house make it easier for eyes to adapt moving from one area to another. Illuminating the ceiling and the tops of the walls helps the light reflect around the room without glare.
Use task lights to see more clearly while reading, writing, cooking, and personal care.
Seniors can tend to accept a lower level of lighting because they assume that poor eyesight is part of aging. They don’t realize that it is very likely just a lighting issue.
Experiment with your seniors lighting to see if they have improved vision and safety.