5 Ways to Make Nursing Home Living More Personal

November 6th, 2020

When you buy a house or condo, you don’t have to think twice about painting, picking curtains, or hanging pictures. But if you’re moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home, the same may not be true. Unfortunately, you may not be able to redecorate to your liking. Even worse is that these rooms are often rather unattractive. However, there are some easy things you can do to make a nursing home feel more like home. 

Of course, you should always make sure even small changes are okay. It’s also important to note that you probably won’t be able to do much about a room’s layout. It’s especially not a good idea to start rearranging medical equipment. Equipment and furniture is usually arranged to accommodate outlets and any mobility aids a resident might need.

Here are five things you can do to spruce up a nursing home room.

1. Make the bed with some comfortable bedding.

Nursing homes provide basic linens like sheets and towels. A comfy quilt or blanket with a smart pattern can make the room feel more homey. Plus, it can add a nice contrast to the muted palette of a nursing home. Blankets from loved ones might also have special sentiments or memories attached, making them a thoughtful reminder. A textured quilt like the one below is a great way to add some visual contrast without clashing with other patterns. Plus, it’s both cozy and affordable!

2. Toss some throw pillows onto couches or chairs.

Some rooms have a small sitting area where residents can receive guests. New covers can make old throw pillows feel new again. Plus, throw pillows are a great way to add color without making permanent changes. They can also make the bed more comfortable. These inexpensive covers come in a range of sizes and colors, and the cotton linen fabric should be friendly to even the most sensitive skin.

3. Let Light in With a Reading Lamp

A stylish reading lamp will literally brighten up any space. While you may want a floor lamp for extra lighting, there are plenty of options that don’t take up too much valuable space on a nightstand. The option below costs less than $20 and it clips on to a nightstand, headboard, or other surface for easy access. Plus, the adjustable neck means you get light where you need it most!

4. Add another decorative focal point.

Fresh or artificial flowers are an easy way to brighten up a room and your mood. Of course, fresh flowers are difficult and expensive to maintain, but they’re not the only way to make a statement. An attractive clock is another practical decoration. The one below has an attractive wood design and comes in a variety of colors. Better yet, it’s silent and small enough that it won’t take up much room on tables or counters.

5. Make use of the space you have.

Other practical decorations are things like wall shelves, a small bookshelf, or a hamper. These can make the room feel more familiar while also adding extra storage for treasured sentimental items. Just look for skinny, sleek designs, as there may not be a lot of room to work with. This organizer shelf is small enough for a table or desk top and with the interlocking pieces, assembly is a breeze.

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