10 tips for making senior living feel like home

Twin home living room at Good Samaritan Society in Estes Park, CO.

You can create a homey atmosphere in your new senior living apartment, twin home or cottage by incorporating personal touches that create an environment tailored to your needs and preferences.

Help make your residence feel like home with:

1. Familiar items
Bring items from your previous home that hold sentimental value, such as family photos, favorite books or cherished decorations. These familiar items will instantly make the new space feel more like home.

2. Comfortable furniture
Choose furniture that is not only functional but also allows you to relax. Consider a cozy armchair and soft cushioned sofa to make your living space inviting when friends or loved ones visit.

3. Soft furnishings
Incorporate throw pillows, blankets and rugs in your home. These elements not only provide physical comfort, but also contribute to a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

4. Personalized decor
Decorate your walls with artwork, framed photos or decorative items that reflect your personality and showcase handmade artwork, collages or memories from grandkids. Include other unique touches to your living space, such as custom-made throw pillows, monogrammed towels or handmade crafts.

5. A cozy nook
If space allows, set up a nook with an inviting chair or sofa and good lighting. Having a dedicated space for relaxation, reading or enjoying a cup of coffee can make your apartment feel more like home.

6. Gentle lighting
Opt for soft and warm lighting to create a cozy atmosphere. Consider using table and floor lamps, string lights or LED strip lights to add a soft glow to your living space.

7. Personalized bedding
Choose bedding that you love. This includes soft sheets, blankets and pillows. Your bed is a central element of your home, so make it as inviting as possible.

8. A memory corner
Designate a small corner or area for items with special memories, such as a shelf where you can display family photos, mementos or souvenirs that bring you joy.

9. Warm colors
Decorate with warm and soothing colors, such as earth tones or pastels. These colors can create a calm and restful environment.

10. Different textures
Use various fabrics, such as a plush rug or textured curtains. Texture adds depth and visual interest to your home, making it more inviting.

Remember that making your new home feel comfortable is a gradual process. Take the time to arrange and decorate it in a way that reflects your style, and your personal touch will turn it into a warm and welcoming environment.

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