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Adding some color to resident life

October 4, 2009
by Kathleen Mears
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After living in this nursing home for many years I got used to all white towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, etc. In fact, I do not think I gave it very much thought until a good friend gave me three sets of colored pillowcases for my birthday two years ago. She said they would give my room a little more pizzazz and she was certainly right. They brightened up my room and I got compliments from aides and comments from visitors about my attractive pillowcases.

So I decided to add more colored pillowcases and eventually a few colored towels. I definitely felt more at home because I was using my own things.

For years I wore the nursing home's gowns and I did not really care what they looked like. But when they bought some that looked like men's undershorts material, I drew the line. I went online and started searching for reasonably priced nicer looking hospital gowns. I really like sleeping in them because they are very comfortable. But it was difficult to find anything that I really liked. I did try one vendor who made her own gowns, although they were not made like hospital gowns and I tired of them quickly.

Then my cousin made me some gowns a few years ago. I loved the material but they were definitely too long. I wore them anyway but found that they did not do very well in the laundry. They faded and the pretty colors did not last.

I have since found hospital gowns online at a reasonable price. They are in solid colors and they hold up fairly well. I have been buying those for the last three years. I do wish they had them in printed materials and more up-to-date styles. But I realize they are probably selling to institutions more than to individuals.

Adding more color to my room here has added a lot to my life. Through color I have been able to put my own personality into the things around me.

Kathleen Mears


Kathleen Mears is a long-time blogger who has been a nursing home resident for 21 years. She is...




my name is dymphna and i used to be an activities director. This is my first time visiting this site and loved your post. Have you tried letting the company know what you would like most times they want that kind of feed back. It can't hurt.

Hi Kathleen, this was one of the things that I found when talking with residents - they suggested things like being able to paint the room the colours you liked, and I would add why not wallpaper. The little things do matter, one of the residents found dirty windows unbearable, another wanted net curtains, another a space for a computer and so it went on ... so keep at it - I believe it is only when consumers demand these things that things will change in the aged care industry. More power to you Kathleen. Cheers Ralph