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What Can You Do if the Lighting Isn’t Adequate for Your Elderly Loved One at Home?

Senior Care in Turnersville NJ

Senior Care in Turnersville NJHaving adequate lighting is incredibly important for your elderly loved one. As she ages, her eyes need more light in order to be able to make out what she’s looking at. There are a variety of ways that you can improve your elderly loved one’s lighting at home.

Replace the Light Bulbs

Even though your elderly loved one’s light bulbs are functional, they may still not be bright enough. Double check the highest wattage that the lamp or the fixture can take and then replace lower wattage bulbs with bulbs that are brighter. For some elderly loved ones, that one simple change can make the biggest difference.

Update Lighting Fixtures

If your loved one’s lighting fixtures are older or don’t accommodate CFL bulbs or LED bulbs, then it might be a good idea to change out the fixture for a newer one. You can also find newer fixtures that have dimming functions or even automatic sensors that can turn the light on when your loved one enters the room. For loved ones who are comfortable with smartphones, you might want to consider a lamp or lighting fixture that she can control through a smartphone app.

Increase the Amount of Fixtures in the Room

For some elderly loved ones, the quantity of the lighting fixtures in the room is the biggest problem. Try adding a lamp or two to see what that does for your elderly loved one’s ability to see better. Consider adding lighting that your loved one can direct, such as reading lamps or floor lamps with directional lighting. These may not be fixtures that your loved one will use all of the time, but they’re there when she does need them.

Use Natural Light Whenever Possible

During the day, your loved one may avoid turning on lamps or lighting because it’s wasteful. This can be true, so it’s a good idea to use natural lighting whenever you can. Your loved one can open shades or curtains on windows facing the sun. This can be problematic during the summer, however, so you might want to consider window dressings that allow light in but not heat.

If you’re having a difficult time determining if your loved one’s lighting needs an update, ask her senior care providers to help you assess the lighting situation

For senior care in Turnersville, NJ and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.

Andrew Dubler

Home to Stay Health Care Solutions (H2S) is a solutions minded, non-medical home care company enabling seniors and disabled members of our community to stay at home.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.

When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
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