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The bedroom

The bedroom is the last place you want to feel uncomfortable. The good news is, even the smallest changes can make a big difference.

Safety

• Arrange furniture so there’s a clear, wide path with access to everything
• Remove rugs or secure them with double sided tape
• Wear non-skid slippers

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Contrast and colour

• Incorporate contrast when choosing bedspreads and sheets
• Apply high-contrast tape to blind pulls, drawer handles, and the edges of light switches and power points
• Incorporate solid, bright colours like red or yellow which are easier to see

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Organisation

• Use drawer dividers to make things easier to find
• Store accessories and jewellery in clearly labelled plastic bags
• Organise your clothes by outfit, colour, or type of garment

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Lighting

• Control glare with blinds, shades or curtains
• Use a reading light, either on the bedside table or clipped to your headboard
• Keep a torch next to your bed for when you need to get up in the night

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Low-vision tools

• Get a talking clock, or one with a large display
• Put a large button telephone on your bedside table in case of emergency

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Find out more

For more information and resources on AMD,
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The Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd are working together on the common goal to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration in the community and to provide support for the patients and their caregivers. See What’s Next is a disease information website developed by Novartis. By supporting this initiative, the MDFA is not endorsing any specific treatment or therapy.


AMD: age-related macular degeneration.

References: 1. Optometry Australia. 2019 Clinical Practice Guide for the diagnosis, treatment and management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. 2. Macular Disease Foundation Australia. The Journey to See: A Model for Success.