As soon as I learned that Sweetie Pie’s blindness was irreversible, my top priority became transforming our home to accommodate our newly-handicapped family member.
The first thing I did was to go to the store to pick out some distinctively-textured door mats… one for each exit and entrance. I also bought a small rug for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom of the stairs. Sort of like “floor braille,” to help Sweetie Pie find her way around more easily.
And it has worked well… Sweetie Pie has learned that once she finds the mat, she can zero in on getting through the doorway.
It doesn’t matter what kind of mat or carpet it is, as long as it’s somewhat distinctive and different from the rest of the surrounding floor.
Here’s an example of the type of mat that works particularly well, I think. Figure that you’ll spend $10-$30 each if you want nice mats that sort of fit into your decor.
I like this mat because, 1.) it has a distinctive texture for Sweetie Pie to easily recognize, and 2.) it has a high-contrast design, which Sweetie Pie might be able to see somewhat. At least I’m guessing she may still be able to discern some brightly-colored shapes. So I like something like this: