How to Keep Your Home Comfortable
Caring for a loved one involves many financial, social, and emotional commitments. As a caregiver, you go through a lot of time and energy to make your loved one feel safe and comfortable. One of the places that should be a safe place for your loved one is their home.
A home is often an expression of an individual’s (or a family’s) personality. Its organization is crucial to feelings of comfort and security. People who have degenerative neurological disorders experience memory problems that may impact how they react to once familiar surroundings. As a result, new items in the house, improper lighting, or various other changes can frighten or confuse your loved one. But there are ways to prevent such episodes. Much of the time, you do not have to spend too much money to make your home feel like, well, a home! Here are some tips to consider:
- Familiarity: Make sure that your loved one’s surroundings are organized in consistent ways. If your loved one is used to seeing old family photos on the mantelpiece, then no need to rearrange or replace them. Many times, problems with memory can make coping with changes difficult. It is recommended to keep common items around the house that your loved one is used to seeing.
- Organization and tidiness: An unclean house can be uncomfortable to live in for anyone. Your loved one may not be able to clean for themselves, but if you or a hired professional are caring for your loved one, it is recommended to keep the house well maintained. A tidy house is a comfortable house.
- Lighting: Poor lighting can often cast large or strange-looking shadows onto surroundings. People who have a degenerative neurological disorder can often become frightened by these shadows. To prevent negative reactions to shadows, it is important for your loved one’s rooms to be well lit. If the lights in the house are usually dim, then invest in brighter bulbs!
- Comfort: Provide comforting items around the house that provide warmth and security to your loved one, like pillows or blankets. The comfort of one’s own home are one of the most important things to alleviate fear and anxiety, especially as a result of a neurological disorder.
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