Top 5 tips on how to live at home independently when you have a vision impairment

by | Jul 27, 2022 | Stories

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Cheryl from Vision Australia guest presenting recently at Sapphire Support HQ.

The Sapphire Family recently welcomed Vision Australia to guest present on how to best support an individual with a vision impairment. Cheryl gave attendees lots of helpful tips and showed everyone the incredible resources and assistive technology that is now available to purchase online.

Vision Australia have put together some simple tips on how to live at home independently which are outlined below. It is important to remember that everyone has unique needs so different strategies work for different people, but some of the areas that might make your home more comfortable for you may include:

Lighting – bigger, bolder, brighter

Good lighting needs to be bright enough to allow you to perform required tasks; provide even light across the area to prevent shadows; and be free from direct or indirect glare. Make the most of your vision with the principles; bigger, bolder, brighter.

Bigger, bolder, brighter magnification tool – making reading small labels on food items (or menus) easier to see.
Organise your home

It is important to be organised and able to identify objects, so you can find things when you need them. Grouping items with clips or rubber bands putting frequently used items in highly accessible areas; and having labelling systems are all important ways to aid a functional home. Vision Australia stocks re-usable labels that can be brailed or written on in black marker.

Remove risks

There are many factors that can place you at risk of a fall. Some of these include your health, vision loss, medication you are taking and your level of physical fitness. Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone in the home, workplace and in the community. Other common risks include pouring hot liquids, and use of electrical appliances. If you require advice or assistance, use the contact page on the Vision Australia website as they may be able to do an environmental assessment of your home or workplace.

Take advantage of technology

A range of scanning technology is now available to enable people who are blind or have low vision to easily identify items and products around the home. There are also devices that help to identify more specific aspects of items in our environment. Some of the new technologies include audio labellers, talking barcode scanners, colour detectors and audible light sensors for people with diabetes. There are many newer technologies continually arriving on the shelves at Vision Australia, that offer far greater possibilities that improve independence.

Stay in touch with friends and family

Using your home phone, recording phone numbers and using your smart phone, such as an iPhone, to talk with friends and family can be simplified using our strategies. Vision Australia’s adaptive technology team run courses on using smart phones and their online shop has a great range such as big button phones, training sessions and more.

If you would like to talk to Vision Australia about some of the solutions they can assist you with, call them on 1300 84 74 66 or email info@visionaustralia.org.

To ensure you don’t miss out on helpful information like this moving forward, be sure to LIKE Sapphire Supports Facebook Page to keep up to date with future monthly events and guest speakers in the NDIS or Disability Industry. We also offer the opportunity to link in via ZOOM for these events, so it doesn’t matter where you are situated – you can still be part of it!


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