Adapting your home

As well as high end technology and gadgets, there are many inexpensive and simple things that can be done around the home to maximise independence and create a safe environment.

Adapting your home can be done by yourself with some online research and your own personal budget – or it can be an outcome of an assessment under the deafblind guidance. Local authorities vary on what equipment is available with in the authorities’ own resources and often equipment can be means tested.

Bump ons

Used as a tactile marker for items such as microwaves and washing machines – indicating a specific time or setting that the person is familiar with. Bump ons can be a very cost effective way to increase a person’s independence in their own home.

Talking microwave

Alongside a variety of talking devices, microwaves have been adapted so that the device also vocalises the setting chosen.

Talking Scales

As weight is added to the scales – a voice output registers the weight in either pounds or grams

Colour contrasting plates etc

Colour contrasting is used to make things stand out. E.g. a dark blue placemat on a white table with a white plate makes the plate stand out and gives a neutral background for the food on the plate.

Coloured tape

A simple and cost effective way of making furniture stand out from the flooring etc. e.g if a relative with a visual impairment is visiting and you know they have struggled seeing the wooden table next to your wooden floor – coloured tape around the edge of the table may be an effective temporary solution.

Objects having homes

Often people who are deafblind have very organised homes and know where everything ‘lives’ this makes locating things such as a remote control or a box of matches much easier. It also prevents trips and falls if the furniture is always in the same place.

Flashing / vibrating pagers / doorbells etc

Your local DIY superstore is likely to have several options for direct purchase here – alternatively speak to your local authority if you want help in buying the right equipment.

Lighting

The Following guide from RNIB has really useful information: http://www.rnib.org.uk/sites/default/files/Lighting%20Solutions%20guide%202013-14.pdf