How can you make a smaller space feel like home?
A new book coming out by on January 5, 2015 by Marni Jamison documents how to sort through all the stuff in the family home and downsize into a much smaller home in Independent or Assisted Living Apartment or a Nursing home. Downsizing the Family Home contains pointers that will help families decide what to keep, what to take.
“Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go,” comes out from Sterling Publishing Jan. 5, and chronicles how to sift through a parent’s belongings as they move to smaller quarters. (Marni Jameson.)
- It is tempting to keep too much. If you must, do a storage facility for those items you can’t part with yet, but that will not fit in the space you are moving to.
- Try to recreate the look and feel of their previous home by using their belongings.
- Think about the items and how they will be used in the new place. Put those items used most in easy to access places.
- Don’t crowd the space. Remember that there are common areas to sit when guests visit. If the space is too small for more than one chair or loveseat don’t try to add more.
- A standing or table lamp will add lighting that is warm and cozy, like home. The over-head lights can make the space feel institutional.
- Keep walkways wide enough for walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. If you want rugs, secure the edges down with carpet tape to avoid a tripping hazard.
- The rooms in the new home will most likely be painted a neutral color. Bring some familiar colorful things with you. Crazy patterns may confuse someone with dementia, keep patterns simple. Soothing warm colors is best.
- Remember the afghan or the shawl or lap quilt to keep them warm, and display it over the arm of a chair or the end of the bed.
- Pictures of course. Trigger good memories with pictures and wall art from the family home.
Our staff at Kiva Assisted Living are available to advise you on how best to make the transition for your loved one.
If your loved-one has dementia it is best to have them otherwise occupied while you quickly move those items that will make the new place feel like home. Set up their new apartment first with familiar objects and then bring them in. Visit often in the first week while they transition into the activities, facilities, and social interactions that make Kiva Assisted Living a comfortable and enjoyable home.