Deciding to move an aging parent into your home isn’t always an easy task. But with some thought and preparation, you can make this big change go a lot smoother. These tips can help you prepare to move your parent into your home.
Assess Their Current Environment
It can start small, with your parent forgetting to pay a bill, an untidy house when it’s always squeaky clean or even a sudden injury making their normal everyday tasks difficult. When you realize that your parents are getting older and struggling with certain situations, it may be time to consider them moving to somewhere safer. Although difficult to discuss, it is necessary to sit down with your loved one and discuss the changes in their lifestyles, the type of care they need, and the possible living arrangements.
Have a Family Meeting
A family meeting can prepare your extended and immediate family for this big transition, so be sure to include any aunts, uncles and siblings as well as your spouse and children. Everyone needs to remember that the whole family needs to help out and talk through how everyone may be affected by this move. If you are dreading this moment, or think it may cause tense conversations, meeting with an elder mediator or family therapist can help things move along.
The Changes Ahead
There are many things to consider when moving an aging parent into your home. It’s vital to think about your house’s physical accommodation for them. Do you need ADA accessibility, such as ramps and wheelchair ready bathrooms? What about a whole room for them to have a nice living space? Other things may also need to be adjusted to make sure that the home is as safe as possible. This could include tasks from removing obstacles and rearranging rooms to even changing some lighting to get the house prepared.
Figuring Out Finances
Being a full-time caregiver comes with many new responsibilities on top of the ones most are already juggling personally. Think of being a mother, married, with a fulltime career, and you are also now in a caregiving role for another loved one, things can get a little hectic. Figuring out a financial arrangement before the big move can help the transition go a little smoother and less stressful! If you decide to make physical changes in the home in preparation, those can quickly add up! Be sure to also budget in any health costs, food, and expenses for any professional help you may need.
The Big Task: The Move
It’s common for people to have strong emotional ties to not only the community around their homes but also the physical aspects of it. Sorting, decluttering, packing, and moving can also be a huge task that can be overwhelming with the flood of emotion that comes with moving in general. Allow time for reminiscing while packing and take into consideration where and who they want precious belongings to go and belong to. Hiring a moving service to help out with some of the manual labor may also be of great assistance during this time.
Moving your parent into your home isn’t always the best option for your family and their living arrangements. If you feel like this may be the case for you, there are many other options that can provide the necessary assistance for your loved one. Residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and even independent living villages are available to fit your loved one’s needs. Unsure what may be best for your family? Contact MIR Care Consultants and let us help you find the best and safest accommodations for your loved ones.