Monday, February 21, 2011

Nursing Home Makeover

     I know this won't be best interior decorating you have ever seen...or anywhere close. Many of you expressed your feelings about my in-laws move to the nursing home last week. I wanted to share with you the few changes we made over the weekend to try to brighten the room for them.

I'm joining Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Please visit her and see all the table tops that are
 far more beautiful and creative than
what you will see in my post today!



Just to remind you of the "before" hospital room look...ugh.




     I decided to go with the "dorm" look. I was able to get very bright bedspreads and they had the extra length needed to not slip off hospital beds. What you can't see is that my in-laws had their own chairs from home (a recliner and a rocker) brought in and put on either side of the large window. That alone made them very happy, even if it took up more of the minimal space available.


     The bedspreads were from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They are reversable. I used the stripe side on his bed and the flowered side on hers.



     Small baskets in bright colors from Target to hold greeting cards and my father-in-laws chocolate candy. I added a package of bright napkins to the candy basket.


     For each night table I bought round plastic placemats in matching colors to the bedspreads. I wanted something to distract from the institutional look and yet it had to be able to be wiped off by the cleaning staff. My in-laws were really pleased by the time we left. My father-in-law seems okay with being there. He has his television, his candy and he can order off the menu anything he wants to eat. My mother-in-law is struggling. We took them out to eat and she really enjoyed the fresh air. She got very tired and said she knows that they need to be there, but it is so hard to be in a place that is like that when you know your home is just down the road. They are in much better shape than the other people we are seeing there, which makes it even more difficult for them. They both say that the staff is treating them great and they feel very secure. That is really more important I guess than the color of paint on the walls.

19 comments:

Journey said...

You made such a difference. It's hard to watch this transition. Know that you have helped them tremendously.

Angie said...

The bright colors make a world of difference - nice work, Sue!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think that is the best make over yet, I still can't help but feel a tad bit sad for them! and you so tough!

Carol

Pondside said...

It must be a difficult time for everyone, but your efforts have made a real difference to the room.

JRFrugalMom said...

Sue, I am sure that it is tough on everyone, and especially your in laws, but you have definitely put your best efforts into the decorating, and what a difference it makes.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

This is a tough transition time....for all of you. At least it will feel a bit more "homey" and personal now. Often it is the small things that make a big difference. Great job!

Shellbelle said...

Great job on the color choice for the bedspreads and the other accessories, they really do brighten up the room. It's understandable that your MIL is having a harder time making the adjustment — we women are the nesters. Bringing in their chairs is a great move! Even though they take up more room, there's nothing like having something familiar to sit in. Best wishes to your in laws and kudos to you for stepping up and adding to their comfort.

Hugs

mimisuzy said...

The fact that they feel secure there should lengthen their lives just because they're not suffering through the anxiety and stress that they were dealing with previously. Nice job!

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

Beautiful makeover! It's so hard to make those institutional rooms feel homey or comfortable. You have pulled it off! Your in-laws are blessed to have your love.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I love the comforters. And the room looks so cheerful now. My own parents just moved into "seniors" apartments; I dread to think that one day they won't be able to care for themselves. THEY dread it too.

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Marigene said...

Everyone needs a daughter-in-law like you, Sue! You have made that sterile room so bright and cheery.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

It is good that they feel secure - makes a big difference. You did a great job making their room more cheerful.

dee dee said...

Sue,
you are such an angel! What a difference some color and homey touches make both in the room and in the lives of those living there.
Dee Dee

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You did a wonderful job with the room. It looks so bright and cheery. I know they love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

Oh Sue, what a loving daughter in law you are! You made the room look so much more delighful and pleasant. I love the bright colors...Christine

LindyLouMac said...

We have now done this very same thing for my aunt, my dad, my mother in law and now my own Mum. We have been able to make the rooms feel more homely by taking in small things from their own homes including putting paintings on the walls. Two televisions make it look less personal as well!

Pat said...

Sue I love what you have done here. Makes a world of difference!

La said...

I think it looks fabulous and you are a special daughter-in-law. I wish them well. La

Monica H said...

That is so wonderful of you. I'm glad that they are together and can share a room. When Mr. H's grandmother was in a nursing home, she had to share a room with someone else and that always made it harder. We hung her artwork on the wall and that made her comfortable, but space is so limited. The brigtness of the colors you chose are sure to make them smile.