Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. If money were no object, what kind of things would you add to your home? Would you buy a big-screen TV, a new king size bed with Egyptian cotton bed sheets, or maybe a flashy new sports car for the drive way? While all those things seem nice to have, the truth is that there are only a few key items that turn a house into a home.
Here the 5 things we think every caregiver’s household should have!
The right light can have a positive effect on the feel of your home. Bring in as much natural light as possible to provide a great sense of energy. From an interior design standpoint, the lighter and brighter the room is, the more relaxing it is. Natural sunlight in the home will make you feel healthier, safer and more comfortable.
Give your home a sense of personality by incorporating things that simply make you happy. Things like photos of family and friends, mementos, display collections or art, your favorite quotes, or maybe maps of places you’ve traveled to. Stick to what you love and soon your home will have its own unique personality.
A disorganized home only adds stress and reduces your productivity. Get rid of anything that is old and ugly and/or things that you don’t find useful. Create a designated place for everything and discipline yourself to return an item to its place after you’ve used it, so clutter doesn’t take over!
Not only do daily routines benefit the person with Alzheimer’s disease, it also may benefit the caregiver. By setting a routine, you can prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally for the events to come. The stability creates comfort – and comfort creates a sense of well-being.
Love is what really makes a house a home. And a home filled with love is just about the best place to be. To add love to your home display birthday and holiday cards from friends and family. You can put the flowers your husband gave you on the dinner table for all to see. You can write little love notes on post-its and stick them on your child’s door. There are tons of ways to add love to your home, sometimes you just need to get creative!