How to Make Your Loved One’s Room Personalized

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One of the problems with living in a nursing home is that it’s easy to feel separated from your family and all the things that were important to you at home. Personalizing your elderly family member’s room is a good way to keep them connected and make them feel more at home. Here are some ideas to get started, although it’s always important to check with the staff to find out what is and isn’t allowed.

Photos

Photos are one of the best ways to help your loved one feel like he or she is still surrounded by family and friends. You can also include photos of your loved one’s favorite hobbies, memories, or achievements from their younger days. Don’t feel like you have to clutter the walls with photos: you can switch them out a few at a time so there’s always something new to look at.

Hanging a bulletin board on the wall is another good idea. This way your loved one has a place to hang pictures as well as other mementos such as letters or postcards from friends and family.

Quilt

A familiar comforter or quilt makes a great addition to a nursing home room because it gives your loved one something tangible to hold onto. It’s a great way to feel peaceful at night and can bring comfort on lonelier days. It’s also a wonderful way to add color to nursing home rooms–many of which are pretty bland to start off with. Like photos, you can change out the quilt occasionally, like having a different one for each season.

Flowers

Real flowers aren’t a good idea in most cases, since they require a lot of care. They’re also not allowed in many nursing homes for health reasons. However, artificial flowers are a nice compromise that require much less work and always look fresh and cheerful. They’re one of the best ways to brighten up a room and make it look more like home.

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