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Create a colorful room that sets just the right tone

Your new apartment at The Loomis Communities is a blank canvas where you can begin to paint your retirement life. But what colors should you choose?

You love blue, so you select a soft azure for your living room. You find it soothing, but your husband avoids the room. He says it makes him feel slightly depressed. And yet, he chooses a dark, rich navy for the walls of his office—a room in which he feels confident and productive. paint roller

There isn’t much scientific research about how and why color affects your mood, but researchers have found links between color and behavior. So it pays to put some thought into the colors you select.

We do know that feelings about color are highly personal and often depend on past relationships. So if you spent a lot of time in your favorite aunt’s yellow kitchen, that color probably makes you feel happy and energized.

Folks over 65 may experience changes in vision that affect their perception of colors. That blue you chose for the living room might look darker to you than it does to your husband, who may also see it as yellower (more greenish) than you do. The thing to remember is that all colors may appear dimmer as you grow older, so you may want to consider brighter hues. Remember, too, that color trends change over time, and that you may prefer different colors than your adult children and grandkids do.

Color Information

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  • Blue and Yellow
    • Both blue and yellow are found in nature, which provides some of the associations we have with these hues. Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and can increase metabolism. It can create the impression of a larger space, so it can be a good choice for a kitchen bathroom or foyer. But it also can be overpowering—people tend to lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms!
    • Blue reflects sky and water, and causes your pulse and body temperature to drop, so it can enhance relaxation. Deeper blues have been found to aid concentration and increase productivity. But certain shades, such as pastel blues, can be cold and depressing.
  • Green
    • One of the most popular colors for decorating is green, a color that is abundant in nature and helps to relieve stress. Consider that people who are going to appear on a TV show wait in a “green room” to help them relax. Green is almost always a good choice in rooms where people gather, because it encourages relaxation and at the same time promotes togetherness.
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  • Red
    • Red stimulates appetite, so it’s often used in dining rooms. Red draws people together and stimulates conversation, so people sometimes use red on one or more walls in living rooms and family rooms. In a foyer or entry, it makes a strong first impression. Red increases heartbeat and energy, but its intensity can be too stimulating, invoking feelings of hostility, so it’s best used as an accent color. Pink, a tint of red, is more romantic, soothing and nurturing. Too much pink, however, can make you feel drained. Orange, a combination of red and yellow, is an energetic color that stimulates appetite and energy.
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  • Brown
    • Brown, like green, is abundant in the outdoors, so we associate it with the natural world and feelings of solidarity and grounding. That’s why warm tans and beiges are so popular. Darker brown shades make a room feel intimate, snug and safe.
  • Purple
    • Purple is less common in nature, but it has qualities that may make it a good choice. Purple is associated with royalty, wealth and sophistication. Lavender, often used in living rooms and bedrooms, calms and relaxes. Deep purple stimulates the brain’s creative parts, so it would be great in a craft room or office but not in a bedroom.

Reactions to Colors

Our strong reactions to color explain why neutrals like gray, white and light tan are most often seen on walls. Starting with a neutral background, you can change the mood of your room by using splashes of color.

In general, designers recommend picking out your furniture, textiles and furniture, because they come in a more limited range of colors than paint. Then decide on your paint color, depending on the mood you want to create in your room.

Keep in mind that intense, brilliant shades raise the energy of the room, while lighter colors are more calming and make rooms seem bigger and brighter. Darker shades are warmer and make big rooms feel more intimate.

After you paint a room, give yourself a few days to see how it makes you feel and whether you like it. Remember, it’s just paint, and you can easily change it.

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Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are available at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offer rehabilitation services with a staff of professionals. Our physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley