When the time comes to move your parents in, you may have several feelings rushing through your head. You may be confused, exhausted or overwhelmed by the idea that they will be living with you. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. In fact, many people dread the idea of having their parents move in with them. But there’s really nothing to worry about. You should look at this as a chance to get closer with your parents while there is still time to do so. Your parents or parent will be very appreciative that you took the time to give them a place to live. Here are a few things to consider before taking this step
1. Where Will They Stay?
Room selection is very important for your parent. Depending on their condition, you will want to pick a room that is easy to access and is in close proximity to the restroom. If your home has multiple stories then make sure you choose a room that is on the first floor as stairs can be difficult for elderly people to climb. You should also give them a space that has a view of the outside world to avoid them feeling “trapped.”
2. What Can They Do?
Depending on their condition, your parent may need you to do various things for them. Can they cook? If not, you will want to make sure you’re helping them prepare meals before you leave for work. Are they able to brush their teeth? If not you should help them with this, as well as help them in and out of bed. Take the time to ask your parent what they’re capable of doing before leaving them alone.
3. What Do They Like To Do?
As important as having them stay in your home is, it is equally important to take them out every once and a while. Take them to the park, or to a restaurant that they like. This dose of fresh air will work wonders for their body and mind.
4. What Are Their Medications?
If your parent has specific medications, make sure you speak to their doctor before having them move in. You’ll want to know exactly what they need to take and how often they need to take it. If they fall behind on their medicine, don’t give them more to make up for it. Just try to keep them as regimented as possible so they can stay healthy from day to day.
5. Is Your Home “Elderly Proof?”
Before your parent moves in, make sure that your home is free from any loose wires, or anything that your parent could trip over. They should be able to get around the house with ease and there shouldn’t be any obstructions in their way. This will result in your being worry-free when you leave them at home, or with a caregiver.
Home care for parents can be challenging, but if you adhere to this guideline, you will save yourself countless hours of stress and you’ll be able to spend less time worrying and more time connecting with your parent. Moving your parents in with you can be a marvelous opportunity for you to communicate with them at the adult level, and you can create new memories with them which they will treasure for the rest of their days.