Problem: For family members, taking care of a senior parent is an enormously emotional responsibility, encompassing much effort, time, and commitment. With further complications of Alzheimer’s, such as a lack of mobility and loss of visual perception, the tasks increase exponentially. Making a home more safe, stress-free and accident-free for a person with Alzheimer’s is challenging. While designing environments that support safety and independence are important, knowing how to use strategic color in conjunction with design can further help to create better, safer surroundings.
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 the work involved when redesigning a home for someone with early stages of Alzheimer’s. Obviously, issues of convenience and safety are to be addressed first, including such things as countertop height and door widths. But what if certain areas of the house become inadvertently dangerous to the senior because strategic color has been overlooked? For example, too much of the same color – like brown carpet, a brown sofa, and a brown side table – will interfere with visual perception and could result in tripping, falling, or injuring a toe or leg. With education, you can learn how to help safeguard the home to protect from avoidable accidents, and resulting costs. With education, you can take further steps to prevent accidents and thus make life simpler for the senior as well as yourself.
This is where strategic use of color is needed. Knowing when, where, and how to apply contrasting or more fully saturated colors to create a safe environment that supports independence is a priority. Colors for Health believes and promotes patient independence and well-being, while containing or reducing the labor and financial costs of caregivers and care centers. Colors for Health work with other design techniques to create living and care environments that offer better visual perception, greater patient independence, happier emotional experiences, less patient stress from confusion and, ultimately, labor and time savings for caregivers and care centers.