Over the past two years we have been working hard to update our facilities. We are not connected with a bigger senior living organization where the financial backing is there to help in keeping the facilities updated, so it has been a slow process. Both houses have been painted (living room, kitchens, bathrooms, and residents’ rooms) and both houses just finished getting new carpet in the living rooms and new flooring in the kitchens and hallways. Just yesterday embarked our the next step we have been working so hard to get: new furniture.
Our old furniture was purchased at furniture stores but when you have senior housing it is so important to have furniture that is functional but also durable and pleasing to the eye. We ordered Flex Steel Senior Furniture which is made in America! This furniture line is especially designed to meet the needs of seniors and their caregivers. In fact, one of the reasons we chose Flexsteel is their commitment to senior-specific needs where furniture is built to be safe, comfortable, and durable but also easy for family members and caregivers to use. They think of everything from the seat height to the back pitch to the depth, arm height and firmness of the seat deck and every detail that helps people like our residents.
With such a specific type of furniture, we also had to find a way to cover costs. We have had some great people donate money to help us with this as well as taking out a loan. We didn’t want to have to wait any longer for this need (and anyone who saw our old furniture would agree); we needed to act quickly!
The Dassel House was the first to receive their furniture; it just arrived yesterday (3-16-16) and the Darwin House furniture will arrive next week. The pictures below are the first reveal–we will reveal more later when we add the throw blankets, lamps, end tables, pillows, and so on….it may look spare right now, but we are a work in progress. Also, we want to give Deb Halonen from DebraJDesigns who has helped us with this whole adventure from painting to flooring and now to the fun part of decorating.