Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts
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Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

A deck is a beautiful outdoor asset to your home, and the right deck can make your living space seem larger. Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am a lover of all things related to the home. I enjoy decorating, repairing, restoring, and reading about ideas and even cleaning. Thanks to the success of our family business, I am able to work from home, and as I spend so much time here, I want it to look beautiful. If you want to have a beautiful home, I want to help you as well. In this blog, I am going to focus on decks in particular. I want to talk about repairing them, restoring them and reusing their old wood in new projects. If you want ideas or inspiration, I invite you to stay, take a look and enjoy these posts.

Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

Adapting Your Home to Help a Child With a Visual Impairment

Esperanza Arias

It can be very distressing for parents to learn that their new child has a visual impairment, especially if the impairment is likely to be severe or degenerative. It can be useful to make some home modifications so that people can have an independent as possible life and develop in a normal way. 

Here are some tips on things you can do in the home to make sure that you have an environment that supports your child. 

Colour coding

If your child has even limited vision it can be useful to colour code their items in a certain way, such as giving them a colour that marks out their belongings. That way you can mark all of their items such as their room drawer, their towel, their bags and other favourite items in a colour that you don't use in other locations around the house. This can help them start some day to day activities in an independent way. This can be very useful if they are also having some occupational therapy to help them learn some of these life skills. 

Textured paths

Another useful technique for navigating, especially if your child has degenerating or severe visual impairments, is to use textured paint or stick on panels to create paths around the home. This can include having one texture to lead them to the bathroom, one to lead them to mum and dad's room and one to lead them to their own room. This means that they can easily move between rooms and navigate the house as they wish.

High contrast

Some modern decor can be very subtle with slight tonal shifts between grey stone benchtops and silver sinks for example. It can be useful to create a high visual contrast between the different areas so that people can easily navigate different areas. This can also include small details such as placing a high contrast drawer or cupboard liner in the kitchen cabinets to make it easier to find crockery, as well as choosing crockery that allows the child to see where the food is on the plate. Occupational therapy can help the child learn how to feed themselves which can allow them to have a higher degree of independence in their life.

Making some simple modifications to your home can help a visually impaired child to easily navigate your home and perform day-to-day tasks. Occupational therapy along with home modification can be a great way to maximise independence and support normal development for visually impaired children.