Strategies for Safety and Comfort

Design Tip

Create a Warm and Inviting Bedroom.

The easiest way to make your bedroom feel warm and inviting is by layering a lot of textures. Think about pillows, throw pillows and blankets at the end of the bed.

Sunrise champions quality of life for all seniors—and safety is a primary concern. Many seniors face physical challenges like limited mobility, balance, sight and hearing. Keep these tips in mind when decorating a new home:

  • Finesse the Furniture. Strategically place major pieces so they can be used for balance while moving through the room. Keep pathways clear, particularly if walkers or wheelchairs are necessary.
  • Improve Access. Place frequently used items in waist-high cabinets and drawers. Keep phones near beds and sitting areas. Situate lamps for unrestricted access, and ensure switches are easy to operate. Switch dresser knobs to drawer pulls for an easier grip.
  • Reduce the Risk of Falls. Avoid unsecured scatter rugs. All rugs should be non-slip and contrast in color with the flooring beneath. Tuck electrical cords behind furniture, or use cable management products, which are available in most office supply stores.
  • Increase Visibility. Make sure that major pieces of furniture, walls, drapes and floors are clearly defined through contrasting colors. During the day, allow as much natural light as possible into living areas. At night, illuminate the path between the bed and the bathroom with motion-sensor night-lights.
  • Create a Safer Bathroom. Place seating in front of the sink and in the shower for easy, comfortable grooming. Install non-slip strips on the shower floor and grab bars near the shower, tub and toilet.
Sunrise Design Team Tip

Keep It Colorful.

Choosing a common color scheme in a room will add some flow and make it feel larger. A main color and up to two accent colors are perfect for smaller spaces without being too overwhelming. Consider cool, serene blues and greens as well as warm shades of beige for a calming atmosphere.
Sunrise Design Team Tip

Be Storage Smart.

Control clutter by investing in storage boxes and closed storage furniture. These items allow for easy storage of papers, photos, miscellaneous items and unsightly necessities, while presenting the opportunity to showcase some favorite items. Always be mindful of labeling boxes for easier identification, and keep them small so they don’t get too heavy.
Sunrise Design Team Tip

Know the Right Furniture.

Choose furniture that is safe, sturdy, easy to maneuver around and able to support weight without slipping or sliding. Other good options include side tables with soft edges and low-maintenance warm woods. Avoid using glass furniture, which may be difficult to see.

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