Improving the decor of any type of indoor space can have a positive impact on the mental health of the people living there. For example, decorating memory care rooms can bring pleasure and joy to our loved ones who are living in a memory care community. On top of that, different types of decorations and improvements are known to stimulate the brain. Hence, family members who are diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases can benefit from the room design and décor that we intentionally set up.
Do you know that it’s not difficult or expensive to decorate a memory care room? Read on to discover a few tips and tricks that might put a smile on your loved ones’ faces every day.
Include Sentimental Belongings
When you look at a personal belonging that has sentimental value, it instantly brings back memories to you. This is also true for some of your loved ones living with neurodegenerative diseases. A piece of garment, a book, or a personal belonging might trigger a plethora of memories and this can boost your loved ones’ brain functions. It’s recommended to decorate a memory care room with different types of sentimental belongings. This will help your family members remain anchored in the present and feel good each time they see those objects.
Go for Contrasting Colors
Studies show that people with dementia or other types of neurodegenerative diseases fare better when they are surrounded by contrasting colors in their room. For example, you should go for furniture that features contrasting colors such as black and white or a light brown and dark brown combination. On top of that, some people in their golden years also have poorer vision and one-color furniture items can become harder to see in low-light conditions. You can go for contrasting colors for curtains, pillows, and bedding items too.
Focus on Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is highly recommended for people diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, it’s paramount that you provide as much natural lighting to your loved ones as possible. Go for light-colored curtains that allow more light to enter the room. Reduce the use of artificial lighting and install skylights where possible. Natural lighting also has the benefit of improving the mood of your loved ones.
Add Stuffed Animals
Stuffed animals are great for memory care rooms. They bring a splash of color to any indoor space and according to research, are viewed as a form of therapy. Whether you go for a fluffy teddy bear or multiple small stuffed animals in different colors, this simple addition can go a long way when it comes to making your loved ones feel better, happier, and more relaxed and fulfilled.
Decorating a memory care apartment can make it look more appealing and welcoming for your family members. At TerraBella Newton, we know how to create the perfect environment to make your loved ones feel special, comfortable and safe. Get in touch with one of our team members today to learn more about our memory care services and apartment homes.