With a little planning, personalizing your parents assisted living home can be enjoyable and even fun! We all know that moving can be stressful for both parties; however, allow yourself to feel good by creating a space that mom or dad will feel comfortable in. Adding a combination of old and new can make their new place of residence feel like home. Below are 7 tips to add personality, comfort, and heart.
- Hang favorite paintings and photographs. Adjusting to the many differences of a new environment can take an emotional toll. Recreating the new environment similar to the familiarity of their home can make their transition a little easier. If your parent is still living at home, take a few snapshots of how their photographs and paintings are arranged on the walls before packing. Having this reference will make it easy to duplicate in their new space.
- Paint the walls. Did mom love the lavender walls in her bedroom at home? Many facilities allow paint colors to be changed upon request. Although some facilities charge a fee, adding a splash of color can add personality making the room feel cheerful and inviting.
- Add an indoor plant. Studies show that adding an indoor plant to a room can improve air quality and lift spirits. Boston ferns and African violets are two great options for non-toxic plants that thrive indoors. Place plants close to a window so they can soak up natural light during the day.
- Bring in personal pieces of furniture. While you want to avoid clutter when downsizing, bring in small pieces of furniture from their home makes their new space feel familiar and comforting. Some assisted living facilities provide furnishings; however, you can request to bring in their personal items instead.
- Have seating for visitors. If room allows, have a place for guests to sit and visit. If there is not enough room for seating, consider having a folding chair tucked away behind a dresser or under the bed where it will not be a trip hazard. Because it will be out of sight, let visitors know ahead of time or have a small sign somewhere visible for guests to see. For example, a sign on the door could read, “Welcome guest to my retreat, behind the dresser you’ll find a seat.
- Install a Bulletin Board. Bulletin boards are a great way for residents to display photos of the activities they participate in, hold cards they receive as well as other items they would like to show. *Tip: Ribbon bulletin boards are a safe option opposed to cork boards that require push pins that can be dropped and stepped on.
- Splurge on new bedding. Bedding is the one thing that usually needs to be replaced due to a change in bed size. This is gives you an opportunity to splurge and get something new that will be aesthetically pleasing to your parent as well as soft and comfortable. Ask mom or dad if they have a preferred color or pattern. Depending on your situation, a shopping trip could be a fun way for the two of you to spend quality time together.
If you are in the process of looking for an assisted living community, A Place for Mom can help you find the perfect place for your parent to call home. For information, call 855-398-7084.