Making Your Loved One Feel at Home in an Assisted Living Facility
There are many different reasons why a family would decide to put their elderly loved one in an assisted living facility. Maybe there has been a recent accident or diagnosis that has prompted an immediate need for assisted living, or perhaps it has been decided solely for the protection and supervision of a loved one as they grow older. Whatever the reasoning, assisted living facilities are a great way to provide a level of care for your elderly loved one while still allowing them to have some independence.
It is a big change when it comes time to moving your loved one into an assisting living home, so you will want to start by making your loved one feel at home. We have provided some methods to creating an environment that is safe and promotes a happy, fresh start.
Encourage Social Events
Residing in a senior assisted living facility is a great way to meet new people who are close to the same age as your loved one, often times with the similar interests and experiences. Most of the time facilities hold social events such as movie night, game night, and holiday celebrations in order to bring residents together. Getting your loved one to socialize will help create a sense of belonging and community which is very beneficial to living a happy and healthy life.
Display Sentimental Belongings
Does your loved one have pictures, awards, sports memorabilia, or something else that holds special value? Frame it, hang it, and display it! Keeping positive memories in eyesight will help your loved one feel at home and relaxed while giving them something to reminisce about. Memorabilia is also a great conversation starter as your loved one starts to make friends with the other residents, and can help promote friendships with other seniors that have similar interests. There are many cost-effective and creative ways to safely display sentimental belongings. Begin an internet search if you are not sure where to start. The possibilities are endless!
Make the Most of Your Assisted Living Space
One thing to avoid when decorating your loved one’s new home is furniture or clutter that may cause injuries. Make sure hallways, pathways, and walking areas are clear and well-lit in order for a decreased risk of falling. There are many different tools available that will assist in organizing your loved ones home. Shelves and storage bins can help keep objects organized, but still with in a safe reach. Try to let go of anything that isn’t of significant importance or no longer serves a purpose in your loved ones life. This will cut down on the amount of “stuff” that people naturally collect over the years.
Incorporate Some Color
Using bright colors is a great way to give your loved one’s new space fun character while promoting positive moods. Simple ways to add color is through decorative pillows, rugs, or wall art. Adding these little extras will bring an encouraging and exciting experience to their new place. Does your loved one have a certain style, pattern, or theme that they love? Incorporate pieces in to give the place a personal touch. If your loved one is physically capable, take them shopping with you to pick out their decorations. Boosting their excitement for their new place will make the transition that much easier.
Don’t Rush the Process
If your loved one doesn’t seem excited about their new place, don’t worry. Change can be very difficult for some. Their acceptance may not be immediate no matter how much you go out of your way to make them feel comfortable. It is okay to let them go through those emotions of adjusting. Just offer them your support and visit as often as you can. Assisted living facilities are a great way for elderly loved ones to maintain a safe level of independence.
We hope that these tips help your loved one with the transition into a senior living facility, as well as help you in creating a personalized space that will make your loved ones feel at home. Do you have tips on decorating your loved one’s space or on helping your loved one adjust to an assisted living facility that you would like to pass on? Comment below or add us on our social media outlets to share!