Written by on Friday, January 30, 2015
No matter how excited you are to start a new stage in your life, moving into an assisted living or independent living center can be stressful and emotional. Leaving your long-time home and moving to an unfamiliar place is difficult, and many seniors struggle with the process of making their new apartments feel homey and comfortable. Retirement communities can be a great new chapter in anyone's life, though, and it's important to be open to change and involved in the process. To get you feeling great about the move, here are a few tips for decorating your new retirement living apartment so that it feels like home:
Incorporate your favorite belongings
Downsizing is one of the most difficult parts about the transition to independent living, but there simply isn't room to bring everything along. However, you can choose your favorite belongings from your old home to incorporate into your new one. From small keepsake items to your favorite armchair or bed, think carefully about which items you'll want with you when you move. When it comes time to move in, try arranging the items in a similar way to your old home to give yourself some familiarity.
Choose bright colors
Many assisted living facilities allow seniors to have the walls painted, so check with yours to see if it's OK. If so, choose a bright color, like yellow, that can lift your mood and create a warm environment. Also, consider incorporating bright hues in other ways, like in your window treatments, bedspread and even dishes.
When setting up your new home, make sure you're considering your own safety and that of any visitors you may have. Keep furniture against the walls and far apart to create wide walkways, and find storage solutions for everything so that your floors, countertops and other surfaces are never cluttered. If you need to, add an extra lamp to make sure the space is bright.
Display items you love
Once your furniture is arranged, and almost everything else is set up, find ways to display your most cherished possessions. Ask a family member or friend to help you hang family photos and art on the walls, place your keepsakes on a bookshelf and even arrange your favorite quilt across the foot of your bed. Walking into your apartment and seeing those beloved items will make the transition easier and the apartment feel like home.