Tips to Make an Assisted Living Apartment Feel Like Home

Moving into an assisted living community is a significant life change. Seniors and their families often experience apprehension, stress, and even fear.

Leaving a beloved family home and neighborhood with friends and memories can be challenging.

However, most seniors eventually enjoy the comfortable accommodations, services, and amenities offered in assisted ling communities.

Assisted living communities feature a home-like atmosphere. Residents have access to beautiful spacious apartment-style living spaces and can choose from studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments.

Apartments often include carpet and luxury vinyl plank flooring, a full bathroom with grab bars, microwave, refrigerator, spacious closets, smoke detectors, sprinklers, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Once you’ve chosen your assisted living community, here are some tips to make an assisted living apartment feel like home. 

Personalize Your Assisted Living Apartment

This is your new home and a fresh start. Decorate your assisted living apartment to fit your style.

Consider trying something new!

If you’ve typically lived in a traditional-style home, decorate your new assisted living apartment with modern furniture, bold colors, fun accessories, and unique artwork. 

Nothing makes a new space feel like home more than your favorite, most loved keepsakes, and mementos. Decorating your apartment with personal items with definitely make you feel at home.

Purchase beautiful frames and create a wall showcasing family photos. Seeing loved ones adds instant personalization to your new home and makes family members feel special when they visit.

Make Your Assisted Living Apartment Comfortable

Nothing beats walking into a comfortable, cozy apartment after a long day of activities and socializing with friends.

Make your bedroom an oasis with luxurious bedding and lots of pillows. Purchase fun and decorative bedspreads or quilts with soft matching sheets in gorgeous colors. Buy a warm down comfortable for cold winter nights. 

Don’t forget to bring your favorite furniture or purchase a new piece you’ve always wanted.

Decorate with beautiful matching rugs, window treatments, and house plants.

Stock your bathroom with lovely soaps, skincare, and bath products.

Fill your refrigerator with favorite snacks and food items, and don’t forget to decorate your fridge with artwork from your grandkids. Try something new like an espresso machine or high-end coffee maker.

Have a Housewarming Party

Hosting a housewarming party once you’ve settled in is a great way to share your assisted living apartment with family and friends. 

Seeing loved ones in your apartment can give you a sense of peace and contentment. In addition, the people who love you want to see where you live and be included in your new life.

Check with the staff in your community to see if they can provide food or drinks. If not, enlist family members to bring favorite dishes from treasured family recipes. Or you can order from a nearby restaurant.

Nothing makes a new space feel more like home than good food and great friends!


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