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Maintenance  /  May 31, 2022

4 Home Lighting Tips To Help Seniors Remain Safe in Mississauga

Lighting tips for seniors

Outside lighting is one element of home security. Indoor lighting is often overlooked as part of your home safety system. Lighting inside the home gives the appearance that someone is there, which can keep burglars away. More importantly, your indoor lighting prevents accidents and keeps you safe. If you want to stay in your home as you get older, increased illumination and lighting options in your home need to become part of your aging-in-place plan. Handyman Connection offers home repairs for seniors to add features to your home for safety, security and comfort.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is more accessible than ever with the latest technologies. Most seniors can easily learn to use smart features even though they may need assistance in setting up the software. With smart lighting, seniors can turn on lights with a voice command or from an app on their phone. They no longer need to walk blindly to the bathroom in the dark.

Smart lighting is great for anyone with mobility issues who finds it difficult to reach the lamp when they’re in bed. Once you start using smart lighting, you may find other smart appliances that make life a little easier.

Accessible Light Switches

Light switches are often an afterthought in home design. They may not be in ideal locations in some rooms. Seniors who use a wheelchair may find their light switches too high to turn on and off comfortably. Accessible light switches should be operable with one hand without tight grasping or twisting of the wrist. Installing easier-to-operate light switches for seniors ensures they can always get the illumination they need.

Task Lighting

Seniors need different lighting for various types of tasks. Multiple light options in every room make reading, knitting or doing puzzles less stressful and reduce strain on the eyes. Consistent lighting from room to room reduces the need to continually adjust the eyes.

Seniors can benefit from lighting installed specifically to increase brightness in areas where they work. Adding under-the-counter lights in the kitchen can help reduce accidents in this area. Bathroom lighting can prevent falls. Threshold and stair lighting can reduce slips and falls.

As you age, you lose depth perception and have a harder time seeing details. Small lights throughout the home that highlight ramps or steps can be beneficial for every person in the dwelling, not just seniors.

Dimmer Light Switches

Although previously used more for aesthetics, dimmer light switches can help seniors maintain comfortable lighting at all times. Dimmer switches allow different levels of light for specific situations. When you want a great deal of light for a specific task, you can go full strength. When you are ready to relax, you may want to tone down the lighting.

When considering the installation of dimmer switches, ask your handyman about reducing glare in the house that can make it uncomfortable to watch TV or read. Curtains and blinds can help decrease the glare, but you may need to adjust them as you age.

Maintain Safety With Home Repairs for Seniors

No one wants to think about the declining eyesight that comes with age. To keep yourself and your family safe, make modifications to your living quarters that create safer spaces and enhance your quality of life. When you get ready to sell your home, these renovations can be a marketing advantage.

Homeowners of all ages are looking for accessible features in their homes, regardless of age. Contact Handyman Connection for repair services in Mississauga to create a home that fits your needs. No job is too small for us to tackle. We can help you stay safe in your home and add features that increase your comfort. Ask us about home repairs for seniors to maintain the value of your home. We’re here for you.

*All electrical work is subcontracted to ECRA/ESA Licensed Electrical Contractors

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