Hi! Welcome back to the series I'm doing on Low Vision products. If you missed the other parts of the series, they are: The Living Room, The Kitchen - Part One and Part Two.
Today is about the Bathroom
Let's use the above photograph to explain layout ideas:
1) This bathroom has a lot of natural light as well as room lights. The layout is simple and an open layout helps with moving around. I've seen bathroom where the toilet is in a tiny dark cubicle compared to the rest of the layout.
2) The flooring and the bathtub are the same color and "blend" in, so to prevent accidents and stubbed toes, use a contrasting color bathmat right up against the tub. This way we'll know that the tub starts "here". You could put another smaller mat in front of the sink for locating it as well.
3) You may want to add a lighted magnified mirror to help with close-up work (makeup, shaving, trimming, etc).
4) Also use a contrasting colored rubber mat in the bathtub or shower as well. This helps to see where to step while getting in.
5) If you have trouble with balance as well (sometimes happens along with vision loss), it may help to have a grab bar on the tub or wall to prevent falls.
The Sink and Countertops
Again remember my mantra - the less clutter, the better we can see.
1) The best thing I've found for finding small things is to get baskets and keep everything of one kind in it. For example, one basket for makeup products, a basket for hair products, one for first aid, another for medications. That way everything is in one place and we're not searching all over the countertop or through crowded drawers.
2) It's best to have a contrasting color countertop if possible to distinguish sink, counters, and items laying on the counter.
3) For shaving, use an electric shaver to lessen cuts.
4) For prescriptions, many drugstores offer large print (and Braille) prescription labels for easier reading, but you can also get talking prescription readers as well.
5) For self-injections, as for Diabetes and other conditions, there are several options:
This is a short post as the bathroom is pretty easy to adapt. If you have any tips you use yourself in the bathroom, please share them with me.
Next in the series I'll cover the bedroom. Thank you for reading!
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