Regardless of age, major life changes are difficult for most people. For the senior citizen who has recently moved into a senior living facility, the biggest adjustment often lies in the unfamiliar space they find themselves in. Here are four ways you can add a personal touch to your decor and make it feel like home again.
1. Let the Sunshine In
Unfortunately, your body cannot produce much-needed vitamin D simply by sitting near a sunny window. However, if you keep the curtains drawn and stay in a darkened room all day, your space will feel very dreary before long. Get in the habit of opening the draperies or blinds first thing every morning. This will also help keep your body's natural clock attuned to the time of day.
2. Rearrange Your Room to Work for You
You may not have the option to move large pieces of furniture around, but you can likely adjust smaller pieces. For example, if you are left-handed, you probably prefer your bedside table to be to the left of you rather than to the right. Perhaps you would rather have your chair positioned near the window rather than the television.
Assess your new living space and determine if doing a bit of rearranging will make the space more user-friendly and comfortable. Ask for assistance to make these kinds of small changes happen.
3. Create a Cozy Nest
A room that only has the bare minimum to function usually doesn't feel very homey. A soft lap blanket and fluffy throw pillows add color and warmth to a room. Painting on the wall provides visual interest and is much nicer than staring at a blank wall. Framed family photos on the dresser can help you feel less alone.
New bed linens or your favorite heirloom quilt from home can also dramatically increase your comfort factor. Your bedding will also likely dictate your room's color scheme, so be sure to choose your favorite colors. There's nothing quite like the feeling of slipping in between crisp sheets and snuggling up with your blanket and comforter.
4. Add Ambiance
A bowl of potpourri will make your room smell nice. A weekly flower arrangement and potted plants, whether real or artificial, bring life to the room. Flameless candles add a soft glow while you're relaxing in the evening. A radio set to your favorite station provides music, news, and entertainment to keep you company.
For more information about how to make your new senior living apartment feel more like home, reach out to a local facility.Share
23 October 2020
When my mom had a stroke, I knew that things were never going to be the same. We were very fortunate that she lived so close to the hospital and that the neighbor was there visiting when it happened, because the outcome is not as bad as it could have been. Unfortunately, she needed a lot of extra care while she worked to recover from the damage that was done. I found a wonderful assisted living facility to place her in to get the help that she needed. If you have a loved one that has recently experienced the same thing, my blog could be quite helpful for you.