Looking for window treatment solutions for seniors? Some blinds and shades are heavy, difficult to operate or have thin cords that can be problematic to grip. However, there are window treatments out there that provide ease of use. As people age, some may suffer from arthritis and other age related conditions. Opening and closing blinds shouldn’t be difficult for anyone of any age. As such, we have compiled a list of window treatments that are easy to operate, lightweight and still stylish.

Window Treatment Solutions for Seniors
  • For bay windows or oversized windows, using a series of window treatments side by side instead of one large blind will eliminate difficulty in raising and lowering the blinds. A valance measuring the entire length of the window will work to unify the look and create the feeling of a single window treatment. This also provides ease of light control and privacy control.
  • For lightweight window treatments, seniors should consider cellular shades, soft sheer shades, roller or solar shades as well as roman shades. Window treatments such as wood and faux wood blinds have a lot of weight to them and can be hard to maneuver.
  • For those suffering from arthritis, avoid thin cords and opt for cordless window treatments or possibly motorized blinds. Cordless blinds come in a variety of styles, patterns and colors and include honeycomb cellular shades, roman shades, pleated shades and aluminum mini blinds.


Cellular shades will offer the greatest energy efficiency and can be used as a series for bay windows or oversized windows, as can soft sheer shades or roller/solar shades. Roller/solar shades are ideal for warmer climates and help protect homes from the heat and UV rays of the sun. All of the above blinds can be easily adjusted. With sheer or light filtering blinds, a privacy liner can be added for complete control of privacy needs. Be sure to purchase the most appropriate blinds for any given climate.

As far as style, there are shades for seniors that range from contemporary to traditional. Fabrics vary from silks and satins to polyester or aluminum.

There are window treatments on the market for seniors available for all different economic incomes and needs. Be sure to work with a reputable dealer who can advise you how to properly measure window treatments and can deliver the product to your door. You may also want to contact their customer service department for samples of different fabrics and styles so you can match what you are getting to your current décor. If the company doesn’t have a customer service department, find another company.
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