- Aging & Longevity
How to Use Small Things to Decorate a Nursing Home Room
Family members or friends create a cozy environment for their loved one when they use small things to decorate a nursing home room. Combining special mementos with a bright and charming décor is inexpensive and easy to do.
Although most individuals probably experience some trauma because of a move from their homes to a residential care facility, being surrounded by happy reminders of family, friends and special milestones in life makes the adjustment less stressful.
Learn how to use elements such as wall hangings, photographs, and customized bedding to create an inviting ambience.
Decorating Nursing Home Rooms With Small ObjectsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Add a dash of color: Jazz up the standard bland nursing home room walls with decorative items such as framed artwork to create visual interest and appeal.
Choose paintings or photographs that the resident will enjoy such as pictures of flowers, bright-colored prints or works by their favorite artist, and encourage the person to take part in choosing these items.
Use wall hangings: Tapestries and wall décor with inspirational messages are always appreciated. Tailor the choices to the person's interests, hobbies or religious preferences.
Many individuals prefer wall hangings or posters imprinted with verses about grandparents, families, love or humor.
Use a statement making wall hanging as a centerpiece, surround it with framed pieces that pick up and echo the theme of the wall hanging, and you can turn a boring wall into a work of art.
Try Themes Like These:
Animal lovers: Hang some wall art or pictures of cats, dogs, birds or other animals.
Sports fans: Hang banners or photos of a favorite NFL team logo or incorporate the team colors into the room décor.
Collectors or hobbyists: If the person is a collector but had to leave their precious collection behind when they moved into the nursing home, try to find pictures, statuettes or other objects related to the collection and use those for room decorations.
For instance, a lighthouse collector might enjoy a small framed print of one of Thomas Kinkade's lighthouse paintings. You can also take picture of their collectibles and have the pictures framed for display.
Stick it on, take it off: Removable, repositionable wall art is a great decorating option, and it's fast and easy to apply. As a bonus, you can peel it off and change the décor in an instant if the person gets bored or wants a change.
"Refrigerator art": Remember to include drawings from all the adolescent relatives. Most individuals love to receive artwork made by their grandchildren or other young relatives. These personalized drawings can cheer up a resident who is adjusting to his or her new smaller surroundings.
Family Mementos and Decorative Items
Decorating a resident's room in a nursing home need not be costly or burdensome. For instance, remind patients of friends and family in a loving way by surrounding them with items such as these:
Favorite photos: Ask the person to select a few of his or her favorite family pictures to display in frames on a bedside table or desk. Include group photos of happy events like birthday parties, weddings and baby showers to help the individual feel connected to family and friends. Use frames of different sizes and heights to add depth and interest to the grouping.
Albums and organizers: Store loose pictures in attractive photo albums or photo organizer boxes that can be kept in close proximity to the resident. If space permits, a revolving photo holder is a nice touch because it is double sided to hold up to 24 photos and makes a unique, space saving way to store and share memories.
While the newer digital photo storage units such as digital picture frames are nice and can hold lots and lots of photos, keep in mind that many of these individuals will be unwilling or unable to learn how to use them properly.
Memorabilia: Include any mementos of special occasions. For instance, if the individual had a long and successful career as a salesperson, he or she might want to display one or two special trophies or achievement rewards.
Memorabilia of special birthdays, wedding anniversaries or other milestone life events are all good items to consider using in the nursing home room décor. It only takes a few special touches like these to help the person feel connected to his or her past and happy memories.
Throw a housewarming party: Invite friends and family, and then use the gifts to decorate. Give the individual items such as potpourri jars, vases of fabric flowers, fragrance dispensers, flameless (LED) candles or figurines. This not only gets the room decorated in a hurry, but it goes along way towards helping individuals settle into and feel comfortable in their new homes.
Window Treatments and Bedding
Make a residential facility bedroom appear as "home-like"as possible by incorporating some or all of these window treatments and bedding suggestions:
Window wall art: Get creative and use window treatments like the one in the image shown here, which features a reproduction of one of the best-known scenes from Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light." These panels are easy care because you can take them down, machine wash them and bring them right back to the room.
They are a generous 72 x 84 inches and should fit nicely in most nursing home bedrooms. Imagine how gazing on such a peaceful scene would lift a person's spirits!
Bed linens: Use colorful sheets and a comforter in a pattern that the resident favors. Let them participate as much as they care to in the selection process of bedding. Make sure that the sheets, the bed cover, and the pillows are comfortable and durable as well as visually appealing. Decorative pillows are always a nice touch, if you just want to add a little charm to the room without redoing all the bedding.
Window treatments: Opt for light-colored window treatments to allow plenty of light into the room while the resident is awake. Pick colors that compliment the bedding pattern and theme.
Personalized color schemes: If the resident has a favorite color or wishes to decorate the room in a similar color to his or her former bedroom, select bedding and window treatments accordingly.
Decorating a resident's room in a nursing home with comforting and cheerful items can help to ease the transition from home to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family members have many options available for using small things to decorate a nursing home room at low cost to provide a peaceful, homey atmosphere for the resident.
How Would You Use Small Things to Decorate a Nursing Home Room?
While these are some of the ways that I've used to decorate these smaller spaces, they are by no means the only viable ways. I'd love to hear some new ideas and techniques from others. Please use the comment section below to share your favorite tips on how to make a nursing room home look cheerful and homey.
© 2012 Donna Cosmato