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Decorating a Senior Living Apartment for Memory Care

When you’re tasked with organizing and decorating a family member’s memory care apartment, it becomes more than just arranging furniture. It’s an act of love that directly impacts their comfort and well-being.

Memory loss and confusion may make it difficult for your loved one to adapt to changes in their environment, though. Finding a balance between functionality and personalization can be challenging. You’ll want to prioritize their well-being while maintaining a homelike atmosphere, which requires thoughtful planning and regular reassessment.

At The Gardens at Quail Springs, we prioritize creating spaces that promote familiarity and support for residents with dementia and memory care needs. We’re happy to share these tips for decorating a senior living apartment, with suggestions for each room.

Organizing a Memory Care Apartment for a Loved One

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, organization of their apartment will improve their ease and comfort. Look at the big picture first: Start by creating a layout that prioritizes ease of movement and reduces confusion.

  • Minimize furniture and keep pathways clear to prevent uncertainty and reduce the risk of falls.
  • Use large, easy-to-read labels on drawers, cabinets, and shelves to help your loved one find what they need independently.
  • Use memory aids. Place important information, such as emergency contacts or daily schedules, in visible locations like the refrigerator or by the door.
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms and secure rugs to prevent slips and falls.
  • Keep the space tidy and organized to avoid overwhelming your loved one with unnecessary items.
  • Assess the apartment’s layout and decor regularly to ensure it remains conducive to your loved one’s needs. Be prepared to adapt the environment as their preferences and capabilities evolve. Stay attuned to their feedback and cues to maintain a supportive, nurturing living space.

How to Decorate a Senior Apartment for Memory Care, Room by Room

These room-specific tips can also help a loved one with dementia. Organization and attention to other essential details make all the difference.

The Gardens at Quail Springs | Seniors Laughing On The Sofa
Our team at The Gardens at Quail Springs has decorating ideas for senior apartments to make residents feel at home.


  • Keep the layout simple with familiar bedding and personal items like photos.
  • Ensure the bed is easily accessible, and consider a nightlight.

Living Room

  • Use comfortable, easy-to-clean furniture arranged in a spacious layout.
  • Incorporate soft textures and soothing colors.
  • Display familiar decorations and avoid clutter.


  • Label cabinets and drawers clearly.
  • Keep countertops clear and organize utensils and cookware for easy access.
  • Consider features like automatic shut-off appliances and non-slip mats.


  • Install grab bars and non-slip mats.
  • Ensure toiletries are clearly labeled and within reach.
  • Use contrasting colors to aid visibility, and consider a shower chair for comfort and fall-risk reduction.

Decorating Ideas for Senior Apartments

Personalizing your loved one’s senior apartment will genuinely make it feel like home. Bring their favorite items and arrange them to evoke positive memories and a sense of familiarity. Display cherished photos, favorite books, or meaningful artifacts prominently. Memory boxes or display shelves can showcase these items safely and in an organized manner.

Pay attention to lighting and sound levels to establish a calming atmosphere. Natural light can help them maintain a healthy circadian rhythm, so keep windows unobstructed during the day. Use soft, adjustable lighting for evenings to avoid harsh glare. You can also get a white noise machine to reduce disruptive sounds and promote relaxation.

Effective storage is essential for maintaining a clutter-free environment in a memory care apartment. Choose furniture with built-in storage options, like ottomans with hidden compartments or coffee tables with drawers. Labeled bins or baskets can organize personal items and keep frequently used items easily accessible.

Introducing Sensory Elements and Enhancing Safety Measures

Sensory elements like fuzzy blankets or plush cushions offer tactile comfort that can positively stimulate individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They can also benefit from soothing music or nature sounds that promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. You can even experiment with calming scents from essential oils or fresh flowers to enhance the apartment’s ambiance.

Protective measures are among the most vital elements of a memory care apartment. To ensure that throughout the apartment, install grab bars in bathrooms and hallways. Secure or remove loose rugs to prevent tripping hazards, and use non-slip mats in showers and baths.

To effectively accommodate mobility needs, consider ergonomic adjustments like raised toilet seats or bedside rails to effectively accommodate mobility needs. Also, look for furniture with rounded edges to prevent injuries and enhance safety.

Memory Care at The Gardens at Quail Springs

The memory care community at The Gardens at Quail Springs in Oklahoma City, OK, is known as Lily Estates. The highly-trained team members deliver personalized care, including daily living assistance, specialized memory-enhancing activities, and 24/7 supervision.

Family members can find peace of mind knowing their loved ones receive compassionate care tailored to their unique needs. The Gardens at Quail Springs also offers support services for families, including educational resources and support groups, for a sense of community and connection. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for our residents and their loved ones.

Decorating a memory care apartment at The Gardens at Quail Springs is more than just creating a functional space—it’s an act of loving kindness that fosters comfort and familiarity for your loved one. Your effort to create an organized and comforting space can significantly enhance your loved one’s quality of life and sense of security.

Experience How Lily Estates at The Gardens at Quail Springs Can Help Your Loved One

Now that you know how to decorate a senior living apartment, contact The Gardens at Quail Springs to tour our roomy, senior-friendly floor plans. You can start your journey toward creating a nurturing environment that supports your loved one’s well-being today. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

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