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6 Fun and Functional Items for Your Assisted Living Apartment

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6 Fun and Functional Items for Your Assisted Living Apartment

Moving into a Ft. Collins assisted living community can be exciting, especially if you look forward to all the available options for care, convenience and activity. One way to make the move into an assisted living apartment more enjoyable is to ensure you have the right accessories and decor items. Here are six options you might consider.

1. A Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are a great way to add ambient lighting to rooms in your senior living apartment. Plus, the lamps naturally filter air in the room, and many people say they reduce allergy issues, improve mood and help with sleep. The soft lighting is ideal for illuminating spaces, reducing the risk of falls or bumps if you get up during the night.

2. The Perfect Sitting Chair

Whether or not you can transfer your entire living room set to your assisted living apartment depends on the floor plan and the size of your furniture, but your favorite chair will definitely fit. If you don’t already have one, consider looking for a firm but comfortable seat that provides support and lets you enjoy long reading sessions, television marathons or conversations on the phone.

3. A Storage Ottoman

A stylish ottoman can be multifunctional. First, it gives you somewhere to prop your feet after a day of movement or when ankles swell. Choose a piece with a comfortable but firm top and pair it with a small tray to create a makeshift coffee table as needed. Finally, if you opt for a storage ottoman, you can stash an extra blanket inside or use it to keep toys on hand for when grandkids visit.

4. An E-Reading Device

Downsizing to a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom assisted living apartment in Ft. Collins doesn’t mean you have to give up your reading library. You can shift to an e-reader to keep hundreds of novels within easy reach. Options such as Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite present simple screens that aren’t backlit, making the reading experience more book-like and easy to navigate.

5. An Essential Oil Diffuser

Diffusers let you keep the air in your assisted living apartment full of helpful essential oils. Orange and lemon oils provide a clean scent and may boost energy and mood levels, and there’s some anecdotal evidence that oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint can help soothe minor respiratory issues associated with colds. Meanwhile, lavender and chamomile oils lightly diffused in the air may help reduce stress and increase sleep quality.

Some essential oils are harmful to pets, so if you plan on bringing your furry friend with you to an assisted living community, diffuse carefully, if at all. It’s also a good idea to talk to your medical provider before diffusing any new oils.

6. TV Ears Headset

 Whether you like to catch a 4 am personal matinee or stay up for the late-night talk shows, a pair of TV Ears lets you entertain yourself without waking any nearby neighbors. These headsets typically come with digital connections that work with most televisions, so you don’t have to invest in additional technology to ensure a clear audio experience.