Make Senior Housing Your Own, Six Ways

Posted on October 20, 2016 · Posted in Grand Oaks

Moving out of your home and into a senior housing development like an assisted living community may at first feel unfamiliar. You’ve left a place you considered to be your home and moved into a place you may have only seen once before moving in. The goal is to make the space as home-like as possible as soon as possible. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Mix Old with New – Place reminders of your old home throughout your new space. This can be decorations, furniture, art, anything that came from your old home. These items will make transitioning into your new home a bit easier.

Make it Cozy – The best thing about home is the sense of security and serenity you get from simply being there. However, new spaces can often feel cold and barren, making it difficult to settle in. Solve this issue by adding comforting elements throughout your senior housing. Bring in throw blankets, accent pillows, rugs, curtains, and lamps to give any room an extra cozy ambiance.

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Plants, Plants, Plants – Give your new home life with potted indoor plants. Plants produce oxygen, which in turn keeps the air within your space cleaner and less stagnant. Indoor plants also make cheerful and affordable decorations. Check your Grand Oaks calendar for the next scheduled community outing for an opportunity to shop for some greenery.

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Familiar Faces – Photographs can be a great way to feel connected with family members and friends even when they aren’t there. Place several framed photographs throughout your living room, bedroom, etc. for daily reminders that you are loved.


Keep it Musical – Music can evoke all kinds of emotions, especially the music you associate with certain memories. Play music in your new home that makes you feel happy and reminds you of the good times that were spent in your old home.

Personalize It – Give your senior housing a personal touch only you can bring to your new home. Knit a warm blanket, make pot holders, or create a collage. Craft something that makes your new residence a little more “you”.

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