If you want to learn how to prepare for an aging parent moving into your home, I’ve got 4 helpful tools. Caring for your elderly parents requires careful forethought, planning, and consideration.
Of course, you love your parents and want to care for them in their old age. Though you may have your differences, the time has come for you to return the favor and meet their needs when they can’t.
Welcoming another person into your house is quite an endeavor, so you must ready yourself.
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Here is how to prepare for an aging parent moving into your home.
You must set expectations with your parent before they ever step foot in your home. Regardless of how long you’ve lived apart from them, your life is your own and you have boundaries in your home. Success hinges on clear communication about your expectations of them and theirs of you. Your parent will love having more time around you and your family, but the harsh reality is you still have a life separate from them. With the right boundaries at the beginning, you can avoid many hurt feelings and long conversations.
Communication is vital, especially when it comes to the child-parent relationship. You are both adults, but you are now caring for them and welcoming them into your life in an intimate way. They will now know where you go, what you eat, and when you sleep—all things you may keep in your own way. Communicate about your feelings with each other and the new life situation. Without constant and transparent discussion, you cannot hope to alleviate problems and manage this transition well. With your family, it is essential to process emotions together rather than let negative thoughts fester.
Money is a reality that many of us cannot avoid and having another mouth to feed only adds to the burden on that budget. Managing your money is one of the best and simplest ways to support your incoming parent. If you adjust your financial picture to include this new member of the household, you will weather any storms that come your way.
Your parent is most likely moving in with you because they can no longer meet their needs independently. Prepare your physical space to adjust to these needs. You will need to make your home safer for your aging parents; otherwise, one wrong fall or mishap could cause serious injury. Talk with your parent about their limitations and speak with their doctor about any illness-related items to address.
Knowing how to prepare for an aging parent moving into your home equips you to smoothly transition your parent back into your day-to-day life. With the right mix of communication, boundaries, and precaution, you can safely and happily welcome your parents into your home.