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Communication & Visual Assistance Checklist

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Your home may become more challenging if the ability to hear and see begins to decrease. Give your home a Lowe's Accessible Home Physical to determine some of the key areas that can improve overall safety and accessibility.

Tips and Tricks

  • Choose contrasting colors for cabinet hardware and drawer pulls, moulding and doors, stair steps, and different flooring levels.
  • Create balanced, even light in a room.
  • Reduce glare by covering bare light bulbs and eliminating shiny surfaces.
  • Cast out shadows, especially when moving between rooms. A drastic transition from light to dark or dark to light can be extremely awkward for those with reduced vision.
  • Install dimmer switches with knobs or touch-sensitive controls to adjust when brighter light is needed.
  • Enable those with limited hand strength or dexterity to easily control light with rocker or toggle switches.
  • Direct light to areas that need it most with focused lighting, such as track or pendant lighting.
  • Provide safety and a sense of well-being by creating well-lit stairways, handrails, and entryways.
What You May Need Where to Find It
Monitoring & Occupancy Sensors

Help increase communication between members in the household in case assistance is needed in another area of the home with monitoring sensors.

Electrical & Lighting

Eliminate the need to use a light switch with occupancy sensors, which turn on lighting when someone enters a room or hallway.

Electrical & Lighting
Nightlights

Illuminate a safe pathway from bedrooms to bathrooms or exits with nightlights.

Electrical & Lighting
Outdoor & Landscape Lighting

Add security and safety to your home and yard, and reduce the chance of trips and falls with adequate outdoor lighting.

Electrical & Lighting

Illuminate outdoor walkways with easy-to-install landscape lights.

Electrical & Lighting

Light pathways on approach and help provide added safety around your home with motion-sensing security lighting.

Electrical & Lighting
Specialty & Accent Lighting

Provide extra light in key work areas in and around the kitchen with accent, pendant, or under-cabinet lighting.

Electrical & Lighting
Wireless Door Bells & Chimes

Create an easy method of communicating when assistance is needed, especially if a household member has limited mobility or impaired speech, with wireless doors bells.

Electrical & Lighting