New research shows that clever design of doorways can boost the independence of people with sight loss
New research shows that people with sight loss often have difficulties going in and out of their own homes. In a new report the sight loss charity, Thomas Pocklington Trust1, sets out simple solutions – low cost changes to doors and entrances that make them easier to negotiate and therefore boost the independence of people with sight loss. As a result of the research, new products have also been developed.
In the report ‘Making an Entrance‘2, Pocklington and researchers from Kingston University reveal fifteen of the most important3 ways to make entrances to homes less of a struggle for people with sight loss. They involve the clever use of colour, contrast and lighting.
“When people with sight loss have difficulty just getting in and out of their own front doors they can end up trapped in their homes and increasingly isolated,” says Lynn Watson, head of research, housing and community, Thomas Pocklington Trust. “Making it easier for people to come and go increases their confidence and helps them interact with the world.”
Pocklington has previously produced guidelines for designing and adapting housing for people with sight loss4. Now this project has focused specifically on entrances as some of the most problematic and potentially hazardous areas for people with sight loss to negotiate.