Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 28

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• Ensuring there’s ample
maneuvering space
• Varying the height of
countertops
• Installing a sink with knee
clearance
One way to reduce accidents
in the home is to make sure you
have proper lighting where you
need it. Outdoor areas, stairways,
the kitchen area, the living room
and other places where you like to
read, are just a few examples where
proper lighting is often needed.
• Use rocker-type light switches
wherever possible. You can
turn them on and off with
the touch of an elbow if your
hands are full.
• Well-placed skylights and
ceiling lights are just a few
examples of the types of
lighting you should consider
adding to your home.
Yard
If you maintain a flower or
vegetable garden in your backyard,
you may want to consider raising
your beds at some point. Raising
your beds can help reduce fatigue
and stress on your back if bending
over for extended periods of time is
often difficult.
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