Colors for Safety

Problem: Safety becomes more critical and challenging as we age. Accidents among the elderly can cause chaos, confusion, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and monetary costs, affecting not only the involved seniors, but also their caregivers, family members, and care centers. Knowing how to help prevent such accidents by using color strategically is beneficial to all parties involved in senior care.

Likewise, knowing how to help prevent these accidents requires staying informed on a variety of practices that can help the elderly. These essential practices include using color strategically, together with other methods to create safer environments.

Colors for Health™ is the strategic use of color to serve specific, functional purposes in residential, health care, and commercial environments. Its use as a judicious, tactical asset to promote health, wellness, and independence is integral to its purpose. And because it reduces both accidents and day-to-day stress among seniors and patients, Colors for Health also eases tensions among caregivers while helping contain or reduce the costs of care, medicines, housing, and even insurance.

Consider this common situation: A family member becomes caregiver for their elderly, in-need parent. The parent’s bedroom includes a bed, chair, carpeting, lamp, and walls of similar colors and hues. It was all perfectly navigable for years, but due to increasing vision challenges, the ability to distinguish bedroom space and its furniture can lead to painful, but avoidable, accidents. If the bedding color is similar to the color of the carpeting, for instance, the parent can become confused because they can no longer distinguish the edge of the bed from the carpeting, which could lead to a fall.

This is where strategic use of color is needed. Knowing when, where, and how to apply contrasting or bolder colors to create a safe environment that supports independence is a priority. Colors for Health promotes patient independence and well-being, while saving on labor and financial costs to caregivers and care centers. Colors for Health integrates with other design practices to create living and care environments offering better visual perception, greater patient independence, happier emotional experiences, less patient stress or confusion and – ultimately – labor and time savings for care providers and care centers.

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