Home to hospital?

June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Pill containers covering countertops? Medical notes all over the refrigerator? As our loved ones age, the easier it is for once cozy homes to become cluttered with health related machines, medicines, and reminders. Along with the endless benefits home caregiving provides for families and their loved ones, a clinical atmosphere in the home is something to be easily avoided. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will help sustain that homey feeling for your loved ones:

1. Paint bottom half of walls dark colors to hide scuffs. If moving around furniture, walkers, or other items is causing scuffs on your light colored walls, paint the bottom half a darker color to ensure a homey, scruff free feel that masks the marks.

2. Add an easy chair or recliner in the bedroom. Everyone can use it, makes the room feel less clinical and more cozy.

3. Hide the commode. Nothing makes a room feel less homey than medical equipment. If you have a big closet, try and clear some space to form a make shift bathroom with your portable commode.

4. Tape medicine instructions inside the cabinet door. This is a way better spot to put instructions so you do not have to look at them all day, do the same with appointment reminders and notes from caregivers! Also, keep the refrigerator for cheerier images such as artwork from grandchildren or family photos.

5. Use wicker baskets to keep medicine, cups, or paperwork. Put on your dresser or countertops, makes for a warm alternative to letting items linger around the house. It is also a great way to transfer baskets from room to room as needed.

6. Dress up windows in bedrooms. If the room previously didn’t have window dressings, use some inexpensive curtains with a spring loaded suspension rod. No tools necessary!

7. Use rope lights to guide the way to the bathroom. Great technique to enforce nighttime safety and adds a decorative glow!


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