Moving to senior housing is a natural choice for older adults who know that they will thrive in an environment that fosters socialization. However, downsizing can be a little overwhelming for a senior who has lived for many years in one location. Eliminating clutter is important at every age, and it is far more fun to look forward to decorating your new space. As you prepare for your next adventure in life, use these tips to create an inviting space that all of your new friends will be flocking to visit.
Choose Multitasking Furniture
Before you even begin to pack up your old residence, check into the layout of your new home. This will help you decide which furniture pieces you can comfortably fit in your new space. While today's senior housing is more spacious than ever before, choosing to bring furniture that covers several purposes will ensure you have enough seating for guests and still stay organized. For example, a storage ottoman can provide an extra seat you can pull out for your friends, and you can stash blankets inside where they are hidden from sight.
Engage the Senses
A home full of colors and textures will engage your senses and keep your mind sharp. Remember, however, that certain colors are more soothing so choose cool shades such as blues and greens for your living space. Adding texture can also help to stimulate memories and conversations so feel free to add whimsical touches such as a lace throw over your chair or a denim pillow on your couch.
Create Interchangeable Displays
When your social life hits full gear, you will quickly learn that life in senior housing means frequent visitors. Keep your guests interested by using shelves to display your photos and memorabilia. Shelves help keep the clutter off of coffee tables and other surfaces in your home, and it will be easier to change out your displays frequently so that your guests always have something to talk about.
Choose Adjustable Lighting
The right lighting will not only prevent falls, but it will also help you set the perfect ambiance when you are entertaining guests. Choose lamps and other light fixtures that have easy touch sensors along with three options for intensity. This way, you can brighten up the room in an instant when you are working, and dim the lights a little bit when you want the room to feel cozy.
Soon you will discover that life in a senior community is never boring. In fact, you are definitely going to want to keep your home company ready all the time. By employing a few simple design tricks, you can ensure that your new space will be one of the most popular gathering places in your new community.Share
27 May 2016
After I realized that my mom couldn't live on her own anymore, I started shopping for the right assisted living center. It was challenging and she was nervous about making the transition, but I knew that it would be in her best interest. After finding an incredible senior center, I moved her in and she actually started to enjoy the experience. This blog is all about helping your elderly loved ones to settle in, enjoy their time in senior living, and make the most of their new lives. You never know, by making the right decisions, your parents could enjoy a happier, healthier life.