Try the following exercise to see whether there is effective colour contrast.
Ask staff members to move around the facility looking through a piece of yellow cellophane. Staff should answer the following questions:
- How well can I distinguish the floor from the walls?
- Do I feel confident walking around at my normal speed?
- Can I see important objects like chairs, doors, door handles, television, table tops, toilet seats, dinner plates, cutlery, steps and grab rails?
- Do I know particular areas from the colours and patterns used, for instance dining room, lounge room, public toilet?
- Is the main entrance door invisible? Is it easy to find doors to outdoor garden spaces?
- Are paths easy to see?
- Am I able to walk at my normal speed outdoors?
- Are there landmarks that help me walk about easily?
- Is colour a part of the landmark? Are there particular colours I can see better than others?
- Is glare a problem anywhere?
- What effect does lighting have on what I can see?
If this exercise isn't possible in your facility, take photographs of different areas, print them in black and white, and share them with staff. Adapt the questions to a sit-down discussion.
Reviewed 18 February 2016