Hallways and staircases

They’re easy to overlook, but it’s important to make adjustments so your hallways and staircases are safe and easy to get around.

Safety

• Line the edges of stairs with bright tape
• Keep furniture to a minimum so you have a clear path
• Install handrails on both sides of your staircases to help you keep your balance

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Contrast and colour

• Use high-contrast light switch plates so they’re easy to spot
• Paint your handrails, stairs or walls with high-contrast paint as an important safety cue

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Organisation

• Eliminate clutter like loose umbrellas and shoes
• Store frequently used items together in the same place

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Lighting

• Use automatic nightlights where possible and keep a torch in a handy spot
• Make sure your hallways and staircases have plenty of bright overhead light

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Low-vision tools

• Install magnetic door stops to help keep hallways and staircases open
• Use motion-sensing stair lights that automatically turn on when you reach a certain stair

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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.