How to design a safe home for people with wet age-related macular degeneration

"GMA" sponsor Novartis and Nate Berkus share tips for how to design a safe home for people with the disease that can cause central vision loss and often lead to blindness.
3:53 | 07/16/19

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We're in our "Gma" living room, of course, with interior design guru Nate teaming up with novartis to fight macular degeneration that can often lead to blindness. Simple tips on designing a safer, functional, more comfortable home with people with this condition live more independently. This is near and dear to your heart. My grandmother, I remember standing way before I was a designer way before I was like a teenager and I remember standing in her condo and she had macular degeneration and she -- we were trying to figure out how to help her live more comfortably independently in her own home and we didn't have the answers. So I partnered with novartis on this campaign called my home and sight and so it's classic design tips but they're tailored to people who have declining vision and so -- They're really simple and attractive and starts with a Let's not do anything ugly this morning. Of course. A pop of color really helps people living with amd. One thing that's important is contrast and color and everybody has seen it a million times. The idea you don't want to have a bunch of neutrals floating in a space. If you have somebody suffering from declining vision or know somebody who is, add contrast and color to the space because it helps them to find where things are. Absolutely. So that is definitely number one. Thumb two, I love this tip too also about texture. Tips you give in normal design. Universal design tips but actually super helpful and I noted that you put down this contrasting -- Yes. Again, really easy to do. But you want people to know where things end and things begin so tape on the border of a rug, tape on stairs is really great. You can get kind of crazy with it and do like fun colors if you want to. I've even taped like the edges of lamp 145ids so when trying to find the button on a lamp your hand knows where to go. Speaking of lighting yet another way. So this is, again, like Lara, another design principle. But in old sort of traditional design what was considered good manners was that anyone who had a seat in the room had their own light source so if they wanted to read a book they had a little -- so this creates symmetry, a pair of floor lamps blanketing a sofa and great for people with declining vision. I love that. Last tip and again, universal design, organization is everything. I'm like a crazy Virgo. So I like the idea -- I don't think anyone's house should be messy ever but if you have someone with declining vision, look what this looked like that makes me crazy. That makes me want to wash my hair. So this -- what it should look like is this and, you know, keep like things with like. Especially -- I don't want to search for anything anyway in a drawer in a linen closet but for people with declining vision, again, with what amd, it's also really important that they know exactly where to find the battery for their remote if their remote runs out. Simple containers. Totally. All these tips are actually on my home and sight kit.com so people can go on, classic design tips but ways people can make their lives easier or make their loved one's lives easier. Whether you're living with amd or someone you know or you just want to have great design like Nate rkus then check out that website. Tell us one more time. I'm sorry. My home and sight kit.com. Thanks to novartis. Ginger, we will head back over

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