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Shared Resident Room

Overall Goal:

The overall goal of the environment of each resident's room is to replicate the space the resident enjoyed while living in their own home. Consider the person living in that room in terms of specific needs, preferences, and the expected length of stay.The room needs to be supportive of the individual needs of that resident whether it be memory loss or accessibility issues and on top of all that, the space must support caregivers. Even in shared rooms it is possible to create two separate spaces that are not identical but are personalized to each individual resident and their needs. The focus of the room should be to include items that support the quality of life domains of: autonomy; functional competence; meaningful activities; privacy; dignity; relationships; individuality; and safety for the resident. Strive to identify at least one feature in the room that is supportive of each quality of life domain. Is there a space for a resident to work on a craft project or a computer in their room? Is the room able to accommodate at least one visitor without either the visitor or the resident sitting on the bed? These are simple but often overlooked characteristics that when present have the ability to increase a resident's quality of life. 

Examples of low-cost ideas:

Lamp dimmers and converters: $10-$20
Privacy curtains: $20-$100
Hardware for pullout shelves: $5
Puzzle-savers: $10
Paint: $50-$100