Over 90% of people hope to stay in their homes as they age. Why? Simple: they feel comfortable at home. They have the freedom and privacy to go about their routines as they wish. However, circumstances may compromise many seniors ability to age in place. It may be necessary to take care of an elderly parent in your home. They could be diagnosed with a debilitating illness or suffer a serious accident that limits their ability to care for themselves. Or their advanced age might just require them to have a caregiver or family member in the home.
This is something almost everyone experiences with an aging parent at some point.
And there are a few options available to you when the time comes, you could:
- Find a long-term living facility where professionals will provide the assistance they need.
- Remodel their current living space and hire help to meet their needs.
- Invite them to move in with you, which could mean making home renovations for an elderly parent or building a new granny pod.
In this post, we’ll focus on that last option, covering a number of things that you should think about before going forward with it.
Before Moving Elderly Parents into Your Home
Multi-generational living is not only a growing trend today, but also one of the best ways to get to know and bond with your parent in an entirely new way.
However, as much as moving elderly parents into your home has numerous benefits, the new living situation will have an impact on the entire family including a spouse. Before you embark on a journey to move your elderly parents in, take some time to consider the following.
Safety will be a major concern when taking care of an elderly parent in your home
As your parent continues to age, their risk of falling and seriously injuring themselves at home increases. This means that you may have to make modifications to your own home to accommodate your parent. Many home technologies are available now to assist with safety as well.
For example, if you have a two-story home, you will want to eliminate the need for your parent to go to the second floor. This may mean creating a living space downstairs that doesn’t currently exist. It may also mean smaller changes, such as installing grab bars and non-slip flooring in a bathroom, or a home monitoring system that can alert you to emerging concerns.
We are a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), familiar with what’s required to remodel and build accessible and safer space.
More of your time will likely be spent as a caregiver
Your elderly parent might require your support or that of a caregiver in several different ways. It’s important to understand how this will impact your daily living, quality of life, and mental state. Consider how you can arrange for additional support, enabling you to take breaks and enjoy free time.
You might have to hire a caregiver
One option for additional support is a professional home health aide. In some cases, your insurance will cover certain types of medically necessary support. In other cases, you may have no coverage for in-home help. Take the time to understand what’s covered and what’s not.
You will lose some privacy
The transition to multi-generational living will likely cause you to give up some level of privacy in your home. Moreover when a parent moves in with adult children it brings with it a whole host of different issues related to autonomy.
That being said, it is possible to redesign the floor plan of your home to give each family member the privacy they deserve. And building an external granny pod may be the best option to preserve privacy.
Two homes, one price
Asking your parent to live with you can be a terrific way to reduce housing expenses for both of you, because together you will be paying for one home (and all that goes with it) instead of two.
Make sure you have this discussion with your parent before moving them in, though. You may have one idea of how expenses will be handled, while they have a completely different one.
Your parent will probably be happier living with you
The joy and warmth that comes with multi-generational living reduces the chance of depression and other negative feelings related to loneliness and isolation for seniors.
Your parent may respond better to care at home
Many seniors are more compliant to medication and other medical requirements when they know that their children are watching over them. They also tend to eat better.
On top of that, loved ones often take better care of the health and maintenance needs of their parents when they live together.
Strengthened family bond
Having your parent in your home creates a unique level of closeness and love in the family. If you have children, it gives them a fantastic opportunity to get to know their grandparent and be involved in each other’s lives.
Your home will be safer and more valuable.
This is one of the big things that many people don’t consider, but the home renovations for an elderly parent also make the space safer for everyone who lives there. Additionally, the renovations often include expanding the home or updating a bathroom, adding new technology, and other updates, which add value to the home when it comes time to sell.
Starting to think about the possibility of Moving Elderly Parents into your Home? Get in touch with us to get guidance on what is necessary to make the space safe and livable for your whole family. We help with home renovations for an elderly parent as well as finding care and technology solutions.