One thing’s for sure, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz had it right: THERE’S NO PLACE
LIKE HOME. When you move to a new place it is always trying. How much more for an elderly person? They are those who are mostly forced to leave their home for a smaller place, or perhaps one that will be able to support their health issues late in life. The question here is:
How can we make this new place feel like home?
We already know, or at least have surmised, there is a significant downsizing of
belongings when one moves to a smaller living arrangement. Though this move is a positive one, from the perspective of health, your loved one may be anxious and not altogether on board with this move for other reasons all together. From their point of view, they are being displaced and their lifelong belongings taken from them. Seeing this through their eyes can help to assist them in their transitioning to a new place of residence.
Try to understand that the process of downsizing one’s belongings can be painful and
slow, especially if they have a large tangible history. A storage facility is only a band aid for the loss, since the things in storage will inevitably not be available to them any longer. However, on a positive note, trying to understand your elderly person’s life interests is a sure-fire way to understanding and therefore helping to furnish and/or decorate their surroundings.
First, you should assess your actual space before trying to decide what they can and can’t
keep. Then prioritize the favorite items against what can actually fit in the new space and voila you have an idea of what to bring. Making a place organized and convenient is a great way to make someone feel at home again.
If they have a favorite arm chair then, by all means, that should come. A purchaseof a new throw for warmth along with a side table for placing a cup of coffee or aremote for the television set will certainly be an inviting area for your loved one.
Shelving is a must, as it will allow for displays of photos and other memorabiliaas well as a place to store books or other collectibles.
How about a hobby? Does your mom love to color or your dad enjoy makingmodels? Then by all means, there should be a work space, perhaps in the corner,or things such as that with additional shelving dedicated to their hobby supplies.Don’t forget a place to display their work: maybe a bulletin board?
Be certain each area has access to direct light, whether window or lamps with convenient on/off switches
A plant or two is also a nice touch
A wind chime or sun catcher/prism hung by a window adds a bit of flair.
We certainly enjoy working with you to move you into your new surroundings. It
is our hope that these suggestions help you and your loved ones to make the transition
into and to enjoy your new home.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM INTERIORS FOR SENIORS
Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.