Why it Matters
My dad is currently in a rehab center after being hospitalized for the requisite 3 days at the age of 87. What surprised me the most on my first visit to the rehab center was the way patients' rooms were decorated. Families were encouraged to bring personal items to make the patient feel more at home. No glass was allowed, but other wall hangings were welcomed. Small furniture pieces likes chairs and bedside tables were ok, too, along with TVs. Personal linens were allowed. If the family wanted to take laundry home, then small hampers or baskets were encouraged. Of course, all items must be labeled and added to the patient's inventory.
We found that providing a hamper meant that the staff thought we wanted to take laundry home. We removed it once the message became clear and let the staff deal with the laundry.
We also found that plastic cups and a few melamine dishes
|Hampers at Mertie's This and That|
In patients' room, I saw Texan crosses, small framed prints, non-glass vases, and colorful spreads and quilts. Bed were rearranged to make the room cozier. Small chests doubled as TV stands. The effect was often quite lovely.
Shop Mertie's This and That for Decorating Rooms at Rehab and Assisted Living Centers otherwise known as Nursing Homes; Bring Cheer to your Loved One
|A few of the crosses at Mertie's This and That. |
Don't forget to look at the framed prints, too!
And for the items that do make it home, the sense of continuity might help in the reacclimation to home.
|Let this wall hanging or tray cheer up your loved one. Look for metal tins for storing those cookies, too.|
|Quilts, throws, and spreads abound at Mertie's This and That.|