Occupational Therapy Advice and Information
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Visual Impairment and getting in and around your property:
If Visual Impairment is causing you problems when identifying your own front door then simple changes can be made that will improve your abilities:
- Paint an exterior door in a colour that contrasts strongly with the rest of the building – either lighter or darker. A Light Reflective Value difference of at least 50 is useful to enable the door to be seen at a distance
- A personal door inside a communal entrance should be painted a different colour to make it stand out.
- Paint the wall surrounding the door and frame in a contrasting colour because this will help you see where the door is and also see the edge of the door frame when the door is open.
- Provision of an intercom/easy entry system, that works remotely with a vibrating fob or mobile phone, will alert you to the nearness of your home.
- Limit clutter and keep areas around doorways clear so trip hazards are removed.
- Lighting which automatically illuminates the doorway/entrance on approach is both helpful and is an added security measure.
- Consider automated sensor lights that highlight the doorstep when approached.
- Look at providing lights that come on automatically when light levels are low at different times of the day.
- Lights over the door, external steps and on the pathway are important at night.
- Where a path or an area is directly in front of the house it should be of a different texture to other public areas so that it is easier for you to identify your own entrance.
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