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Moving a loved one into a senior living home can be a tough transition, but one thing that doesn't have to change is the quality of their living environment. There’s no need for a bedroom to be plain and dreary; it’s simple to design a senior living space that is both stylish and functional.
Here are some decorative design tips to consider when helping your loved one transition to a new home or assisted living facility:
Create a Space with Memories
To create a living space that makes your loved one feel at ease, it is important to include belongings that remind them of home. Special mementos, family photos and favorite furniture pieces are great ways to incorporate memories that will help an assisted living environment to feel like home.
Select Favorable Colors
Eyesight declines as we grow older, so using contrasting colors when decorating can be beneficial for visibility reasons. Senior living centers may not have the option of repainting walls. Instead choose colorful paintings or pictures and bright accessories that stand out against the wall color to make objects more easily distinguishable.
Consider the Layout
Be careful to keep walkways wide and clear when placing furniture to allow your loved ones ample space to walk through; especially for those using walkers or wheelchairs. Try arranging furniture around a focal point, for instance placing a couch in front of a window so that the view of the outdoors can be enjoyed.
Use Innovative Storage Techniques
The senior living center your loved one is moving into may be less spacious than where they are currently living. It is important to consider what belongings will be most important to them and where to store these items. Developing clever means of storage, such as an ottoman with storage space in the center, will reduce clutter and allow your loved one to bring more of their precious mementos with them.
Taking advantage of these design tips can help you create a living space for your loved one that is safe, stylish and functional, while still feeling like home. At Paradise Living Centers we encourage residents to personalize their bedrooms. The more they feel at home, the less overwhelmed they will be. As they make the transition to assisted living, we want them to be as comfortable as possible.