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Moving Mom and Dad In

By April 15, 2015Aging in Place

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered when moving a parent or other relative into your home. However, you should already know the answer to one question: “Am I the only one moving my parent(s) into my home?” The answer is no. 1 out of 4 caregivers live with the disabled or elderly relative that they care for. Now that we have one question answered, let’s learn about the others!

What Level of Care Do They Need?
Is your parent or relative severely disabled? Do they require handicapped accessibility? Is your home handicapped accessible? If your elderly loved one is still spry and does not require too much care, then there’s not a whole lot to worry about.

On the other hand, if they’re confined to a wheelchair or require a walker to move, you might need to rethink about your living conditions. The last thing you want is for them to climb stairs every night to get to bed. You may need to rearrange the house in order to provide your elderly loved one with a safe, comfortable living situation. A bedroom on the first floor is a good way to start the rearranging. That way, everything your elderly loved needs such as bathroom, bed, food, and drink are all right on one floor.

Do You Get Along with Them?
This may seem like a silly question to ask, but plenty of people take in aging loved ones because they feel obligated. That’s no way to begin caring for them. Caregivers do not provide care to people because they feel like they have to. Caregivers provide care because they have a passion for helping others. Getting along with the person you’re caring for not only makes the situation easier, but it makes it fun. There are a lot of benefits to multigenerational living and the things you can learn from older generations is one of them.

Will They Help Financially?
More times than not, older adults will want to help contribute to the overall finances of the house. If this is the case than it’s a great help on your financial status. There is no right or wrong way to divvy up the household bills. Most families have to figure out how to do it from month to month. There are numerous expenses that can add to the total bill. You just need to figure out what’s fair for everyone.

Do You Have the Time to Care for Your Loved One?
This is a very important question to answer before you add another person under your roof. If you truly believe your life is too hectic to add another person to your household, then it’s not a good idea. The last thing you want is to be unable to care for your parent or loved one. It’s also important to care for yourself and all the crazy aspects that go on being a parent and caring for a parent. It’s difficult to balance. If you can’t do it, then your parent or relative will not receive the proper care they deserve.

If this is the case, then it might be best to hire a caregiver to tend to your aging loved one in their own home. Being a caregiver requires a lot of important skills as well as having the time to do it. Sometimes family life takes up all the time you have, so you have none left to offer your aging loved one. There’s nothing wrong with providing them with in house care, even if you’re not the one providing it.

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