Today’s tip of the day is a simple and easy way to make a roller ball cane tip for a white cane like new. For those of you who have used a roller ball cane tip, you may have noticed that over time the ability for the tip to roll diminishes. This is most likely due to a build-up of debris where the ball part of the tip and the cap meet. Over time this build-up can cause the cane tip to not function properly causing a great deal of frustration to the user. Check out this video to learn some simple and easy ways to remove that debris making the cane tip feel like new.
Today’s tip of the day is simple and easy but also very important. And my tip is you should never use a white cane to point at things. As an O&M instructor, I have had to dodge quite a few canes being swung around by my students who were trying to point at something. I have also seen some close calls with pedestrians almost getting hit. If you need to point at something I highly recommend using your hand that is not holding the cane and even then be careful on how wide and fast you point.
Locating light switches can be challenging for someone who is visually impaired or low vision due to the poor color contrast of many light switches with the walls behind them. The one-color combo that I see quite a bit is white light switches placed on white walls essentially blending the two. For someone who has low vision or is visually impaired the simple act of adding contrast may be just what they need to make locating light switches just a little bit easier.
I have found adding high contrast to a light switch to be especially helpful for older adults with low vision who are struggling with memory issues. It can be challenging for them to remember exactly where the light switch is located on the wall. By making their light switches easier to see through contrast remembering exactly where the light switches are isn’t as critical.
There are so many creative ways to achieve contrast on light switches and what I’m sharing today is just one of many ideas.
By simply adding high contrast tape around a light switch one can achieve good color contrast. Tape is very versatile, it comes in so many different colors and designs, it is cheap and easy to apply.