Many nursing homes allow for a good amount of freedom regarding your decorating of your room and living area. However, it must be kept in mind that space is often limited in assisted living facilities. Whether you have one room or are situated in a suite, you will have to make some decisions about what to bring with you and what will fit into the living space allotted to you. Nursing homes give you more space to work with than your college dorm room did, but you still won’t be able bring everything with you.
Here are some tips for you to tap into your inner interior designer when making the best of what you have to work with and make it feel like home:
Find Out What You “Can” Bring
Before you start envisioning what your perfect room arrangement will be, it is important to check in with your senior care facility and ask about its policies regarding how you are allowed to decorate.
Ask questions about their policy regarding what you can hang on the walls, whether you can change the window treatments, if they provide their own pillows, what plants or pets are allowed, and what electronics are permitted.
Once you have a grasp on how free you are to change things around, then you can gleefully get started on arranging your space the way you like it.
Ideas For Customization
Here are a few suggestions for how you might customize your space. There are certainly probably many more creative things you can think of, but use this list as a way to get the ball rolling.
- Be sure to start with the essentials before moving onto the less important decorative things. There are certain practical items that every room needs, like a clock, calendar, mirror that may be easy to forget when you are focused on bringing in the fun extra things. Establish a place for these basic utilities first, then organize the rest of your room around them.
- Select a theme when decorating your room. As you bring in any special wall paper, photo frames, bedding, rugs, flowers, or furniture, it is nice to have a theme of commonality that ties it all together. Although, a hodgepodge “can” be a theme if you want it to. Be aware of everything’s place and position in respect to each other, and give the room a rich consistent atmosphere.
- Have some extra seating available for your guests. Hopefully you will anticipate friends and family from outside and inside the facility to pay you a visit from time to time, so make the room inviting and comfortable by having some extra chairs or sofas around conducive to socialization.
- Keep yourself entertained. Whenever there is not company around or tasks to do, you will have time to yourself. Make sure that you have some items around to keep your brain stimulated. Books are great ways to pass time, and although you can’t carry a whole library with you, it is a good idea to bring some of your favorites to revisit, a religious text, or that novel you always meant to start on. A T.V. can provide some great entertainment for surfing the channels, as well as using a DVD or Blu-ray player to watch some of your favorite films. It might be smart to have some movies around that visiting grandchildren may enjoy watching.
- Displaying mementos can add meaning and fondness to your room. Family photos, heirlooms, cards, and letters will bring an element of nostalgia and homeliness to the environment. Your treasured memories can provide a nice conversation piece to visiting families or residential friends who want to get to know you.
Keep these ideas in mind when organizing your living space at your nursing home or senior care facility and you will be on your way to enjoying your stay.