A Small Space Can Make A Big Difference!
Is it possible to live well in a studio apartment? It’s a common question that many seniors ask. With the cost of senior housing on the rise, many are considering downsizing to a smaller living space. Is a smaller space right for you?
Going smaller may bring you comfort, relief and save you money. Just take a look.
Right now, you have a home with lots of rooms full of furniture, and a lot of things that you probably don’t need, use, or want. Like most people, you’ve got a favorite chair, along with your kitchen table and your bed that you use every day. Yet, you have several rooms full of things that you have to spend time, money, and effort to maintain. If you’re no longer able to maintain a home full of things, it can be overwhelming to have so much “stuff.”
One of the great things about the studio living lifestyle is that you have the opportunity to choose belongings that you use the most, and the ones that bring you the most joy. You can take the things you use and want to your new space. You may even find that it’s a relief not to have so many things. In fact, giving away old treasures to those who will appreciate them can be very satisfying.
Another benefit to studio living is that studio apartments are bright and open with no dark and lonely rooms. Lastly, let’s not overlook the financial benefit… larger square footage comes at a cost, choosing a studio can help your money go further.
What is important to you in a senior living space?
If you said: safety, quality care, and the opportunity to age in place even as health care needs increase, then you’re not alone. Good food, friendly staff, and nice neighbors also rank at the top. No one ever says “lots of stuff” or “extra bedrooms.
When you see our studio apartment, you may be surprised. Yes, it’s small, but often not as small as you may have thought. And be honest, the reason you are looking into senior living is more about needing some care and support, than it is about having a large 1- or 2-bedroom apartment.
Decreasing Space, Increasing Life.
A senior community gives you many opportunities to engage in social activities, attend events onsite, go and on field trips. You have peace of mind with the option to add personal care services at any time.
And finally, you have access to 3 meals a day, plus snacks! While your apartment does have a kitchen, you won’t need to cook if you don’t want to. And if you need more space, you have the whole community as your home. Plenty of rooms to relax, read, mingle with neighbors, exercise—there’s even a theater room, plus relaxing outdoor spaces for you to enjoy.
It’s a wonderful lifestyle, no matter how much space you have to live in.
Ways to Live Well in Studio Apartment
- Get creative with shelving…go vertical to save space
- Consider using a decorative divider or privacy screen for the sleeping area
- Wall mount the television or use a stand that has storage
- Get a comfy twin- or full-size bed and cheerful linens
- Use curtains to warm up & soften your space
- Make use of every corner…consider a large floor plant, corner storage cabinets and placing a cozy chair at a diagonal
- Double duty furniture (ex: ottoman that doubles as storage)
- Get the floor plan with dimensions as a planning tool in choosing what to bring with and what you can pass along to someone else
- Remember to utilize under the bed storage bins
At The Pillars, our goal is to help our residents maintain a high quality of life. We understand that making the decision to move into a senior living community is hard—and downsizing to a studio apartment can be even more difficult. That’s why we’re here to help and support you. We are happy to answer your questions, take you on a tour, and help in any way we can.
We invite you to try a studio first and if it doesn’t work…then go bigger.