National Color Therapy Month

Posted: 3/3/2015 11:51 AM by Interim HealthCare
Innovative Elderly Care Tips by Interim Healthcare

As a family caregiver for your aging parents, it is fun to find ways to focus your elderly care on making your seniors happier and healthier.  Learn about an innovative way to boost mood and strengthen both physical and emotional health.There is a wonderful opportunity to work with your aging parents to find creative ways to change the colors in your parents' home or integrate therapeutic color in other ways so your parents, you, and the elder care providers in your care team can reap the benefits.

Studies show that color has an impact on people's emotional and physical condition, making it a powerful tool for encouraging health and boosting mood. Use some of these tips as inspiration for bringing color into your elderly care plan:

• Create the feeling of space with green and blue. Green and blue are both cool colors shown to create the impression of space. By painting a room in one of these colors you can make a smaller space seem bigger, which often eases stress and creates a sense of relaxation.

• Promote calm with cool colors. Green and blue are also soothing colors shown to reduce nervous system activity, making people feel calm and even lowering blood pressure. Adding accents of these colors throughout a space promotes a sense of calm and peace, and gives the impression of cleanliness.

• Boost energy with red. Red is a highly stimulating color that is shown to boost energy, stimulate mental activity and creativity, and even increase appetite. Wearing red creates feelings of strength, confidence, and determination.

• Feel more cheerful with yellow. Yellow promotes feelings of happiness, joy, and friendliness. This color is also linked to concentration and clear thinking. Many recommend yellow as an ideal paint shade for kitchens and dining rooms because it promotes digestion and improved metabolism.

• Nurture healing with blue. A truly extraordinary color, blue promotes healing and rest, making it a fantastic color for bedrooms and sitting rooms. Soft shades have the most benefit in these areas, with shades featuring hints of green offering extra soothing effects.

• Create a sense of cleanliness and purity with white. Some may say white is a boring or default color to paint walls, but there are actually many benefits to surroundings yourself in this crisp, pristine shade. White is extremely calming and creates an impression of cleanliness, purity, and safety. A white bedroom promotes improved sleep, while living areas decorated in white feel fresher and more relaxing than other colors.

• Control the temperature of a room with color. While the colors you choose to decorate a room will not actually change the temperature, studies show that using certain colors influences the perception of temperature in that room. Make a chronically cold space seem warmer by painting it red or orange. Help your aging parents perceive a room as several degrees cooler by painting it light blue or lavender.

• Promote harmony and self-esteem with pink. Pink is a happy color known to make people feel better about themselves, but also better about the people around them. This color supports calm, improves communication, and dissolves negativity. Add accents of pink to room decorations or wear pink clothing to bring these benefits into daily interactions. 

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home health care services, contact Interim HealthCare today