Thank you, Kate, for pointing me to Luna Lights. Their idea is very much the kind of implementation I would imagine could work well at home or in a community setting. My idea is less how the lighting functions and more about encouraging healthcare workers to disseminate this simple solution as a best practice for all older adults at home or in a community setting. If home health nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, PCPs, NPs, add this best practice into their conversations with older adults and their families, I believe we could be more proactive in setting up a safer environment before a fall ever occurs. Too often our response is reactive and a home assessment is done after a patient has left the hospital or had a fall already at home. Why not initiate this intervention earlier in the process?
I love your idea of using photography and computer training to empower the students of Ibadan School for the deaf. I am reminded of a recent article I read locally about a young man with disabilities that opened up his own photography studio and used it as a space to express himself while also being able to make a living off of his artwork. There is no greater way to connect with others than through art. Best of luck with your project!
I have seen an adult day center that has cushioned floors and they absolutely used it as a part of their marketing pitch. I wonder what the statistics around reducing the effects of a fall are with this time of flooring. Great idea!