The living room

The living room is where you want to relax and entertain. With just a few adjustments, you can make this room a more comfortable place to enjoy.

Safety

• Avoid low-level objects like coffee tables, or try one with rounded edges
• Keep cords tucked away
• Remove rugs or secure them with double-sided tape

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Contrast and colour

• Choose furniture that contrasts with your floor, and has solid colours rather than patterns
• Use bright tape to define sharp edges
• Try fluorescent sticky notes and labels for identifying files

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Organisation

• Store and return frequently used items like remotes, keys or mobile phones in the same location 
• Arrange your furniture to allow for one metre wide paths around your room

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Lighting

• Use flexible-necked lamps for reading or other tasks, as well as bright overhead lights
• Reduce glare with adjustable curtains or blinds, and position your TV away from windows and bright lights

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Low-vision tools

• Install low-vision software on your computer to magnify text, adjust contrast, and incorporate text-to-speech
• Use a large-button keyboard and an oversize monitor
• Consider a smart home device with voice activation 
• Keep magnifying glasses handy for reading or watching TV

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Find out more

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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.