Great-grandfather’s trunk – check. Mother’s wedding quilt, Papa’s favorite lamp – check, check. The first piece of furniture you bought with your first paycheck – check. The best way to make your new assisted living apartment feel like home? Bring your own furnishings.
Though the option is available, most seniors do not move into a fully-furnished assisted living apartment. Rather, assisted living providers heartily encourage residents to bring the comforts of home to their new living space.
Of course, downsizing and streamlining must be done, since the majority of seniors are relocating from a larger home (or even a larger independent living apartment) to the limited area of a studio or one-bedroom apartment.
That being said, it is important to choose carefully what personal belongings and furnishings will make the cut. A bed, dresser, desk, and perhaps a small loveseat or armchair are among the essentials, but don’t forget family photos to grace the walls, a small area rug or two (provided it won’t present a tripping hazard/fall risk), throw pillows and blankets, a vase for fresh flowers, and other unique accessories that give the apartment character and charm.