When you first experience vision loss, navigating your home can be a daunting task. The loss of your vision can turn your home into a maze. However, with some time and effort to find new methods that work for you, you can feel comfortable in your home again. Here are some tips to organize your home to better accommodate your vision loss.
Focus on clutter-prone areas such as the kitchen, the medicine cabinet, and documents. Having a system for these areas will reduce the likelihood of clutter and accidents at the home. Removing infrequently used items from your various work areas is key to creating easily accessible workspaces.
The key is keeping frequently used items like pots, pans, and utensils close to your work surface for easy access. If possible, we recommend keeping items at eye or hip height to avoid bending over and reducing the possibility of accident. Cooking can be dangerous when rushing, so make sure to give yourself more than enough time to cook to avoid fatigue. Lastly, be sure to return cleaned items back to their there storage location after cooking.
There are multiple ways you can organize your medication. One option for organizing medication is to organize your medication in alphabetical order. Another method is keeping medication in different locations. For example, morning pills in the kitchen and evening pills in the bedroom. The size and shape of medications can also help you identify different medications, so practice identifying different medication by shape and size. Lastly, be sure to properly dispose of outdated/expired medicine by either dropping off at a Drug Take Back location or throwing the medication out. We recommend trying a few of these methods and sticking whatever works best for your daily routine.
When organizing mail, we recommend reading and sorting mail weekly to be aware of any time sensitive mail. Similar to medication, there are multiple methods to sort through important mail and documents. If possible, sit down with a trusted friend or family member to read and sort mail with you. We recommend separate mail, bills, and other documents in different folders or locations. Make sure to shred all non-vital or older documents to reduce clutter. All vital documents such as birth certificates and social security numbers should be kept together in a safe, private location.
With these tips, we hope that you can feel comfortable with navigating your home again. Be sure to try out different organizational methods to better move around your home. Reach out to your local blind rehab agency for specialized orientation and mobility training in your home.