Medicine Hat Community Living – Diane Eley

Moving into senior’s accommodation can seem like an overwhelming task.  There’s years of accumulation and treasures to sort through, and a mixed bag of emotions to face.  No wonder it feels like an insurmountable mountain to climb!  However, just as in mountain climbing – you can reach your goal one small step at a time.  The following suggestions are a guideline to help organize and personalize your new place.

  1.  Turn to family members or friends who know you best to help you in this exciting new venture; or request help from your new place for suggestions of how to make your new home comfortable and inviting.
  1.  Know the size and shape of your new accommodations.  This will help you decide which items will fit best in your new home.
  1.  Start with the largest and most important pieces of furniture and add the smaller pieces and personal touches later.
  1.  Reassess your current furniture pieces:  consider using pieces from your present living room set instead of the whole package.  For example, choose the loveseat instead of the sofa, two chairs and loveseat.  Then you could add a wall-hugger or recliner to your arrangement to round out your seating.  A Twin-sized bed will give you more floor space to move around a small bedroom, and makes room for a night table and bedside lamp.
  1.  You can create the same atmosphere in your new home that you presently enjoy by incorporating items that you love and are familiar. Place a favorite cushion or throw with a new recliner; group precious photos together to make a collage; bring plants and lamps to brighten corners.  These familiar items will help you feel more comfortable and reflect your personality to others.
  1.  Remember when positioning furniture to keep main pathways clear to allow for easy movement.
  1. Choose white or cream colored lamp shades to give your space as much light as possible.   Place lamps in unrestricted areas and without ornaments in front of them so they’re easy to reach.
  1.  When choosing new furniture, choose colors that contrast with the walls and floors.  This will help to anchor the room and provide pleasing focal points.
  1.  Choose furniture pieces that are sturdy and support weight without slipping or sliding.  Avoid glass table tops since they’re difficult to see where the edges are.  Choose tables with curved corners and smooth edges.
  1.  Keep your color schemes simple – three main color choices is best to harmonize your space and make it flow better.
  1.  Choose different textures, colors and patterns to help differentiate spaces and give your new home a sense of warmth and interest.

12.  And finally, enjoy your new space!