It’s not uncommon to find homes of older adults that have looked exactly the same for the last 30-40 years or longer. Home care MA clients may feel that home design is frivolous and the least of their concerns right now, but considering a change in how the space is used can actually be beneficial for daily living! Renovations are probably not necessary, unless the floor plan of the house is the problem, but small easy changes can offer significant improvement and reignite excitement about being home! After all, many MAS Home Care MA clients spend a great deal, if not all, of their time at home.
Some quick design tips can also be useful when a transition is occurring, such as moving into a caregiver’s home. Making the space theirs can help loved ones to feel comfortable sooner. No one wants to sleep in a room every night that has no personal connection for them. Everyone has their own unique style so the space should match that.
The following are a collection of our 5 favorite design tips for senior living:
1. Downsize the amount of things you have. Whether you are staying in your own home or moving to a new residence, eliminating the clutter in your life will free up space, making items you need easier to find, and lessen the risk of tripping on objects that are left lying around. For example, having seating for 8 at the dinner table probably isn’t important anymore. Swap that over-sized dining room set for something smaller to make it easier to navigate around. There are plenty of options that can be made larger when needed and smaller when it’s just you. Even getting rid of several small trinkets and items can make a difference. That doesn’t mean getting rid of favorite mementos; just the things there are no longer a use for or attachment to. Passing them on to family, storing them in an attic out of the way, or donating to others who can really use them are great ways to say goodbye to the extras.
2. Add stylish storage. For the things you just can’t part with, but don’t necessarily use every day, pick some stylish and sensible storage options. An ottoman that the top lifts off, side tables with plenty of drawers, or colorful boxes can help organize the space while storing your treasures.
3. Utilize familiar accessories. There may be some new objects that come into your space, such as more practical furniture, but what will help the space to continue to feel warm and inviting is the blankets, photos, and art that have always been there. Old collections are reminders of things that make us happy. These are especially important for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to have around.
4. Accessorize with lighting. Good lighting is important. Make sure there is plenty of it that lights outdoor walkways, hallways, and other areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. Chords that are tucked away will make the space look nicer while eliminating the risk of tripping. Lamps and ceiling lights come in a variety of styles to meet anyone’s tastes.
5. Be comfortable but safe. Select a couch and chairs that are comfortable, but give good back support. Furniture with firm cushions is easier to get out of. Make sure seating is the appropriate height. If a chair is too tall it can cause a numb sensation in the legs after sitting too long without your feet on the floor and can also lead to falls when standing up or sitting down.
While these tips can help to improve the look and use of your living space, there are many other ways to improve quality of life. One is by contacting MAS Home Care of Massachusetts today at 508-459-2424.
MAS Home Care provides in-home care support services to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.