What To Know Before Moving Mom And Dad Into Your Home
Posted on January 25, 2017
in Elder Care Planning
When you were growing up, you
depended on your parents to take care of you. Years later, the roles have
reversed. You are independent, but your parents are beginning to depend on you.
Now, you find yourself visiting to
check in on them and help around the house daily. Things they used to be able
to do, like the laundry, seem like an impossible task.
Watching your parents lose their
independence as they age is hard, but watching them struggle is even harder. The
best solution could be moving Mom and Dad into your home. Here’s what you need to know before moving
Move Your Parents In To Avoid Assisted Living
No one likes living amongst
strangers in an unfamiliar place. Moving your parents into your home is better
than moving them to an assisted living facility.
Your parents will:
- Age in
place comfortably. Aging in place means Mom and Dad stay home for as long
as possible while they age. It
allows them to enjoy the comforts of your home with little change to their
lifestyle. Your home is a familiar environment, and your parents will be around
their loved ones.
happy. Just the thought of a retirement home could hurt their feelings. If
you take them in, you will keep your parents happy. Moving Mom and Dad into
your home will show that you care about them and foster a strong relationship.
living is an expense not everyone can afford. Moving them into your home will
save money in the long run. Remember to invest in an Alert1 medical alert for
your home. A medical alert will be there for them when you’re not home. It’s
cheaper than assisted living, and gives
everyone peace of mind.
Be Aware Your Current Lifestyle Will Change
Keep in mind that when you move your
parents in, you must be prepared for some aspects of your life to change. Now Mom
and Dad will be around all the time, not just for weekly dinners.
privacy. Mom and Dad are going to be living with you, so you can expect to
lose some privacy. The upside? You will have someone to keep you company while
you do laundry, learn home-cooked recipes, and binge-watch Netflix.
household changes. Mom and Dad might shuffle things around the house to
their liking. Maybe they changed the temperature on the thermostat, or moved an
item from one room to another. All they’re doing is trying to settle in and be
comfortable. Attend to their needs and try to figure out the best living
situation in your home.
your personal time. If
your parents need help with daily tasks, you are acting as their caregiver. You
may have to stop going out for Friday night dinner as often because Mom and Dad
need help at home. Plan accordingly so that you don’t have to sacrifice so
much, or even bring them along. They would enjoy spending time with you outside
of the house.
Make Your Home Senior-Friendly
You move around your home just
fine, but that might not be the case for Mom and Dad. There are many dangers
that hide in plain sight. Alert1’s
home fall detection system sends help fast, but it’s wise to take extra
To make your home senior-friendly,
uneven or cracked areas outside of the house. Walkways in your yard may be
okay for you to walk, but your parents can easily trip. Repair trouble areas
like these so you prevent your parents from getting injured.
- Make your
stairs safer. Install handrails along the stairwell. As your parents age,
it becomes difficult to go up and down steps. Handrails make it safer by giving
them something to grab. You can also paint steps with alternating colors to
make each one more visible. If your home is multistoried, accommodate your
- Mount grab
bars in the bathroom. As our parents age they become more susceptible to
falls. The bathroom is especially dangerous, as it is the number one location
responsible for slips and falls. Grab bars in the bathroom give your parents
something to hold as they step in and out of the shower.
shower safety features. Get a shower bench for them to sit comfortably
while they bathe. Install a handheld showerhead so your parents can easily wash
themselves from a seated position. Place a non-slip mat in the shower, and a
non-slip rug outside of the shower to prevent falls.
Your parents took care of you for
many years, and it is time to return the favor. Moving Mom and Dad into your home
has many benefits. You will spend quality time with your parents and create
many new memories while having them in your home.
Mom and Dad appreciate being cared
for, and will have a chance to live with their loved ones. Taking your parents
in is cheaper than assisted living, even after a few simple home modifications.
Aging can be a difficult time, but Mom and Dad will
learn to love aging in place from the comforts of your home.
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