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Your New Home Should Feel Like Home

At Morgan Lane Assisted Living of Tea, South Dakota, our goal is to make our senior living community feel like a true home for our residents. And, while home means different things to different people, it’s typically a place you feel safe, comfortable, relaxed and happy. Spending time where you feel good is important to your overall health. Here are seven tips to make your senior living space homey.

Small Changes Can Lift Your Mood

As we age, we tend to spend the bulk of our time indoors. You can do a few small, inexpensive things to make your assisted living apartment feel special and welcoming. Try a few of these little “pick-me-ups” to bring a bit of sunshine to your day:

  • Fresh Flowers: It’s hard to stay in a bad mood with a cheerful bouquet of fresh flowers on your table! Whether you have the floral shop deliver them, drop by and get them from the local grocery store, or have a friend or loved one pick them from their own back yard, you’ll be surprised how the added splash of color to your apartment perks you up. If you suffer from allergies, consider buying a silk flower arrangement instead. As an added bonus, you won’t have to change out the water in the vase!
  • Live Plants: A flowering plant, such as an African violet, hibiscus or orchid will add a touch of life to any room. Maybe you prefer a green plants. Air ferns can be placed in a pot or vase without dirt or water! These are a great option for seniors who are worried they will forget to water a plant or who don’t have a green thumb.
  • Potpourri: Set a bowl of potpourri made from a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices on a table near the sofa or bed to bring back memories of time spent in the garden. Using floral scents in spring and summer, earthy tones in fall, and spicier scents in winter will add seasonal variety.
  • Essential Oil Diffuser: Essential oils have become very popular lately. Simply fill an inexpensive diffuser with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and turn it on. In minutes, the air in your assisted living apartment will be filled with uplifting, therapeutic scents like lemongrass, thieves, peppermint or cinnamon.
  • Fairy Lights: If you love the soft glow of lightning bugs or Christmas lights, why not enjoy them year-round with miniature fairy lights? Available in a battery-powered option with a timer, all you have to do is string the lights through a small plant, around a picture frame, or across a window to make your surroundings feel cozier.
  • Flameless Candles: A burning candle poses a fire danger for older individuals, but battery powered or “flameless” candles are a safe way to enjoy candlelight. Whether you’re eating a meal with a special friend or watching television, the soft glow will set a calming mood.
  • White Noise Machine: If your retirement home is a little too quiet for your liking, consider adding a white noise machine or soothing sound machine. They are available with a variety of sounds, such as a whirring fan, ocean waves, a flowing stream or chirping birds. Many older residents like to fall asleep to the restful sounds of nature.

Older Adults Are Our Kind of People

Browse our FAQ’s for more great advice on decorating your assisted living apartment. If you’d like to learn more about our senior living community in Tea, SD, please call our office today! We love serving our retired residents and helping them to make the best of their apartment homes. Morgan Lane is providing both in-person and virtual tours of our facility and would be happy to set up a visit with you.