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Colors & Their Relation To Assisted Living Communities

Color works magic by communicating with our emotions. Colors inspire, energize, soothe and can make us feel alive. Changing the color of a room or adding accent hues can make a significant difference in the personality and attitude of an individual. Colors can have a major effect on patients in hospitals, seniors residing in assisted living and nursing home environments. If you have ever visited an assisted living facility you will notice that the colors used in each of the rooms are soothing and inviting, to promote the well being of their patients. It has been studied that certain colors have a healing effect on patients. Below are some interesting facts and information on colors, their effects and what they have come to symbolize.

The color blue is derived from nature with a variety of shades seen in water bodies like seas, rivers, lakes and oceans. Blue’s cool shades are associated with intuition, sincerity, peace, truth, inspiration, joy and tranquility. If enveloped in this color it can soothe and calm the person. Blue can slow the pulse rate, lower body temperature, and reduce appetite. Blue is also considered a business color because it reflects reliability. Blue is often considered to be the safest global color. These qualities make blue a good color choice for a bedroom or place of rest, but not so much for a restaurant or eating area. Food researchers say that when primitive man searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects which were often blue, black, or purple in color. Studies have shown that food dyed in blue people lose their appetite and find it unappealing. In China, blue is associated with immortality, in Colombia, it is associated with soap. For Hindus blue is the holy color of Krishna, one of the many gods they worship. Jewish believe this color symbolizes holiness. In the Middle East blue is a protective color.

The color green also comes from nature with many shades inspired from the hues found in plants and trees around the world. Green represents balance, growth, abundance, prosperity, hope, fertility, harmony, confidence, self-respect and learning. It’s considered to be refreshing and healing. It is one of the popular colors being used for operating room scrubs. Green is also strongly used for projects related to recycling and keeping the environment clean and healthy. Green is a good choice for an eating, library or study area. Many assisted living health care facilities incorporate this color in their cafeterias. Colors also play an important role in different cultures across the globe. In China green hats are used to represent a man’s wife cheating on him. It is not considered an ideal color for packaging. In India and Middle Eastern countries green represents the religion of Islam. In Ireland green is also used in reference to religion.

The color red comes from elements such as fire. Red is the color that we pay the most attention to. It is the warmest and most energetic shade in the color wheel. Red has been found to evoke aggressive natures in people and animals. It triggers a flight or flight response, raises blood pressure and increases heart rate. Red is the color of physical energy, passion, desire, heat, fire, blood, love, warmth, excitement and aggression. It symbolizes action, confidence and courage. The color red brings passion and strength to your relationships, our life and work. Red is powerfully linked to some of our most primitive physical, financial, and emotional needs of survival and self-preservation. Red, or red accents are frequently used for restaurants and political agendas. Too much red and we tend to lose our temper quickly, become agitated, angry, overbearing, demanding, and violent. The use of this color is strictly avoided in certain facilities such as psychiatric wards, prisons, hospitals, and assisted living retirement homes. In China, red symbolizes celebration and luck, and is used in many cultural ceremonies that range from funerals to weddings. In India, red is the color of purity and is popularly used in weddings.

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The color yellow represents joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, intellect, enthusiasm, energy and inspiration. Yellow can help you feel expressive, friendly and experimental. This makes yellow an excellent choice for social interaction. This color is commonly used in game and craft rooms of schools, hospitals and assisted living homes. Too much yellow and people can have trouble focusing, completing one task at a time, and can develop critical and demanding traits. Too little yellow, and we can feel isolated, develop low self esteem, lack courage to try new things, become insecure and depressed. A lack of yellow could result in becoming rigid, cunning, possessive, or defensive. People that suffer from seasonal disorders and become depressed during the winter months, should try adding some yellow to their wardrobe and environment. The yellow rose is a symbol of friendship. In Asia yellow is sacred and imperial. Yellow should be utilized in selected areas of assisted community living centers.

The color orange is a combination of yellow and red. Orange has luminous qualities and has been used for attention-getting purposes such as caution and advertising signs. It symbolizes balance, warmth, enthusiasm, energy, vibrancy and flamboyancy. In Ireland orange has religious significance to Protestants.

The color purple is a rare color found in nature. Purple embodies the balance of red stimulation and blue calm. Purple is a color that often encourages creativity and is well liked by artists and creative individuals. Purple represents royalty, spirituality, nobility, ceremony, mystery, transformation, prestige, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance and mourning. Purple is considered an exotic color. Purple is associated with royalty and nobility stemming from classic antiquity when Tyrian Purple was only affordable to the elites. The purple dye was made from the mucous gland of snails. It required thousands of snails to yield 1 gram of dye causing it to be a color only nobles could afford. Purple is the official color of the Island of Kaua’i. In parts of Eastern Asia and countries such as Japan, purple is known as the color of death. After visiting an assisted living facility you will notice the range of different colors being incorporated for each area and what an important part they have to play in the well being of their patients.
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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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