Problem: As we age, we all have more visual challenges. One in three people has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by age 65. And for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, the visual challenges are more extreme. Much more. Their visual challenges can make daily living dangerous for them and more stressful and expensive for their caregivers. Vision problems and dementia can distort or disrupt physical, emotional, and spiritual independence.
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 has become caregiver for their elderly, in-need parent. The bathroom is all white with a white walk-in shower. The parent walks in to take a shower but, because they cannot distinguish the 3” lip at the base of the shower, they trip. To top that, the white handle bar is difficult to distinguish from the tile wall and there is not enough light in the shower, contributing to an unclear visual sight, causing confusion and adding stress. Now you have a parent who is accidentally injured, confused and stressed and a caregiver who has to give extra time and effort to help and to pay for additional hospitalization costs.
This is where strategic use of color is needed. Knowing when, where, and how to apply contrasting or bolder colors to create a safer environment that supports independence is a priority. Colors for Health promotes patient independence and well-being, while helping reduce labor and financial costs to caregivers and care centers. Colors for Health integrates with other design practices to create living environments that offer 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.