As the sun sets earlier in the winter month's it might become more apparent that you or a loved one could benefit from additional lighting at home.
So below are our top tips for making sure this winter season is well-lit and safe!
Take Inventory Around The House
As you arrive at your loved one’s home or have them visit your home, be sure to check all light bulbs and fixtures.
Are there bulbs that need to be replaced? Are there any areas that are especially dim? Take notice and make sure everything is working properly. In addition, we recommend adding light fixtures outside of the home and down walkways to significantly reduce fall risk, especially if there’s snow or ice on the ground.
Incorporate Motion Sensor Lighting
If you notice areas of the home that are dimly lit you can always incorporate motion sensor lighting. These lights are our top recommended solution for increasing visibility, especially because they can be implemented anywhere in the home! Plus, not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they take the hassle out of searching for a light switch.
Consider Lighting for the Staircases
One of the most common areas we see people experience a slip is often when walking down the staircases. This can be caused by uneven steps but even more likely it is caused by limited visibility.
If you notice your loved one struggling to navigate the stairs you might consider incorporating contrast tape or anti-slip traction treads that include a glow in the dark stripe - making it easier to see each individual step.
Talk With An Optometrist
Talk to your loved one’s optometrist! Let them know you’d like to improve lighting throughout the home. They’ll be able to give you an accurate estimate about the amount of light needed based on one’s specific vision.
Plug In Nightlights
Lastly, although nightlights may seem like a no brainer solution, you’d be surprised how many homes we evaluated that don’t have them! And while there are a few various types of nightlights to consider we recommend purchasing “Dusk to Dawn” lights.
These will turn on anytime they sense a lack of light in the room - making them a useful solution to reduce fall risk and conserve energy.
And if you’re not sure where to being with improving home lighting, our team would be more than happy to connect you with a licensed occupational therapist who can address your concerns.