Having a routine normalizes a Parkinson’s fighter’s life and saves him from the stress of dealing with the unknown and the uncertain. However, a routine life has its own downside. It makes life less exciting and less interesting. Before monotony becomes a problem for someone who is already dealing with frequent bouts of depression and loneliness, change the way everything looks around him.
2018 is here and could be the perfect time to give him a fresh perspective. You can start with giving a vibrant look to his room by taking care of those old curtains, bulky furnishings and dull walls of the room. If his room is looking out for new colors, interesting decor and more organized look, here is a step-by-step guide.
Shuffle the old furniture
You do not have to buy new furniture to freshen up his room. Instead, all you need is engaging in a few creative shuffling ideas. The arrangement of the chairs can be changed around the room (in a clutter-free fashion, of course). The bulky, boring furniture that makes the present set up can be shifted to the other room.
Create different zones
As Parkinson’s fighters are prone to fall, furniture (whatever little you may have in the room) should not be kept too far apart. If the patient’s room is large and spacious, designating different functional zones will take him by surprise. You can use rugs, curtains, wallpaper and furniture to segregate napping and visitors’ zones.
Add colors in a creative way
Color palette should not be ignored while redoing the Parkinson’s fighter’s room. It’s important to seek his advice on color selection. Ideally, you should use turquoise, jade green and yellow-green for a cohesive and sophisticated look. If he loves nature, the natural elegance can be brought in the room by flowers.
Changing wallpaper lets any room go through a transformation. If Parkinson’s fighter is fond of the creamy walls, complement them with paintings – a great way to add sophistication to the room.
If direct sunlight in the room adds to the discomfort in the morning, change colors of curtains to dark colors like red, maroon, deep brown as they would not let light to penetrate much.
Carefully chosen lighting schemes can make up for the dark corners of the space and cheer up the patient. If the room has enough windows, furniture should be placed as such that it does not block the sunlight. If there is an absence of enough natural light in the house, use decorative dimmers to maintain the balance prevent fall. For evening, use cove lighting, a great ‘soft ambient lighting’ option that bounces off the ceiling and can lift the patient’s mood.
This Blog is contributed by Dr. Deepak Kr. Nain. He is a certified therapist who specializes in the field of rehabilitation. Deepak possesses a clinical expertise in prescribing the best solutions to help people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).