IN THE KITCHEN
Countertops can be painted to contrast with dishes, cookware, and other items. Any paint or hardware store can tell you which products would be appropriate for painting a countertop.
Here are some other tips on how to make the kitchen easier to use and safer for someone with vision loss.
- Paint or replace electrical outlet covers in a colour that contrasts with the wall.
- Instead of painting, outline counter edges and electrical outlets with wide tape of a contrasting colour.
- If the stove surface is a light colour, consider replacing stainless steel pots and pans with dark-coloured ones.
- Use light-coloured dishes on a dark tablecloth, or vice versa.
- Mark frequently used settings on the oven or other dials with a thick swipe of bright nail polish.
- Relabel jars and canned goods using a thick black marker and index cards, which can be reused.
- Remove small throw rugs from the kitchen – they are not easily seen and may be a tripping hazard.
- Keep cupboard doors and drawers closed at all times, and make sure that everything is always put away in its proper place.
- Use the “clock method” to identify where certain foods are located on a plate. For example, “The rice is at three o’clock, and the beans at seven o’clock.”