There’s nothing worse than feeling lonely in your home. Imagine coming back from work without seeing a familiar face or eating dinner alone. No wonder people in their golden years are twice as likely to suffer from depression than any other age group! Luckily, there are ways to make your senior housing feel like home. Here are some decorating tips that will help you create a space where you can relax and enjoy yourself:
Choose Furniture You Like
When shopping for furniture, think about what you will most often do in the space. If you spend a lot of time in the room, it’s best to have furniture that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. For example, invest in one made out of solid wood or metal instead of buying a cheap bed frame with metal slats that sag over time.
In addition to durability considerations like this one, there are also other things to keep in mind when selecting furniture for a senior friendly assisted living community:
- Is it comfortable? What kind of foam is used (memory foam or regular foam)? How does the fabric feel (is it soft or rough)? Does the chair swivel? Is there enough space between the seat and arms so that someone with limited mobility can still get up from their seat easily?
- Can it be cleaned easily? Some pieces may need special cleaning methods such as dry cleaning only, whereas others can be wiped down with disinfectant spray after use by residents who are prone to spills when eating meals at communal dining tables
Bring Items That Remind You Of Home
As you settle in and make your senior housing feel like home, it’s important to bring items that remind you of home. You can even transform this temporary living space into a place that feels more like home by bringing things from your own home or other places that are significant to you.
Bringing these familiar items helps create an environment where you can relax, feel comfortable and enjoy time with family and friends.
Arrange Your Furniture In A Way That Suits Your Family’s Needs As Well.
Family members may want their own space or privacy at times–especially those who are older than 65 years old–so consider this when arranging furniture in order to suit not only yourself but also others around you as well! A great way to do this is by using different types of seating arrangements, such as armchairs versus sofas (which tend towards more communal experiences) or even different types of chairs altogether, such as rocking chairs versus stationary ones like dining chairs because these might feel more private than say sitting together on one big couch would be like.
Add Meaningful Details To Your Décor
Add decorations that remind you of the things that were important and meaningful to you in past homes. Bring it over if your favorite painting hung on the wall in your last house! Photos or mementos from trips can create a décor theme for an entire room or hallway. You may also want to include meaningful items like family heirlooms or mementos passed down from loved ones who have passed away.
Decorating with meaningful details can help people in their golden years feel connected to their past and current lives. It can lift their spirits, reminding them of positive memories they have experienced throughout their lives while also providing comfort as they transition into their senior housing and adjust to life as an independent resident of this community.
Try Different Color Palettes
The color of your walls, floors, and furniture can affect your feelings for the day. Color can help you feel more at home, energized and productive, relaxed and creative.
We hope these tips and ideas will help you make your senior housing feel like home. We would love to hear from you about any other tips that have worked for you in the comments section below!