How to Bridge Interior Home Design and Style to Offer Comfort to seniors
Seniors need smooth transition to a comfortable environment which will not elevate health concerns. Once you think of remodeling their living space just remember design and style should be a priority, nobody wants to spend the rest of their lives in a dull place. Here are some things you need to consider and make the elderly comfortable.
First, consider what is functional and important. With the help of the senior/s choose their favorite belongings then go ahead choose what is a must keep, avoid clutter.
Second, consider the layout and size of the living space. If a seat they love does not fit together with a living room improvise and get firmer cushions that will be easier for the senior to use and get up from. Recreate the home without buying new furniture; avoid creating the feeling that this is a new place. Place furniture strategically where it can be used for support but avoid cluttering the walkway with furniture.
Third, creativity with storage space is going to save you some free space. For example in the table room consider using an ottoman which will act as a storage tool and at the same time be used as a coffee table at the same time.
Fourth, get rid of all unnecessary obstacles from walkways. A walkway should fit a walker, a wheel chair or a cane. All unsecured rugs electrical cords and others are main contributors to tripping.
Fifth, ensure accessibility is improved. Think of the senior’s daily routine and make everything available at the required time and at the required place. When a loved one wakes up if they start by drinking a glass of water then provide the water and a glass. Keep their phones by bedside or by sitting areas. The items they use and need frequently should be in drawers which are easily accessible.
Six, choose colors wisely and optimize space for visibility. As we grow older eyesight changes and the faint colors become less visible especially in a poorly lit room. Consider using healing colors which are used as biophilia or biomimicry method. These colors are yellows, green and some blues which are known for their imitation of the natural environment. Ensure adequate lighting in the whole house including pathways.
Seven, the bathroom should be handicap-accessible. An elderly person should be able to seat comfortably take a shower and groom themselves.
Eight, the furniture should be free of any injuries. Glass furniture should be done away with, so should all furniture that has sharp corners. If it is not possible to eliminate the sharp cornered furniture, rounded plastic corners are available and easy to install. Choose the ones with colors which will blend well with the furniture and the interior design.
Nine, the kitchen should be well stocked with healthy foods. This will ensure that they can have good nutritional and healthy diets throughout the day thus improving their health. Under cabinets should be well lit for a senior to easily pick out foods when preparing meals in the evening.