Whether mom is having trouble living on her own, wants to be closer to the grandkids, or it just makes financial sense, moving an aging parent or parents into your home is a big step. Whatever the need, the initial move can be stressful for your ohana, so we’ve put together a few tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Prepare your family
Moving a relative into your home will require everyone to make adjustments. Inform your family members about what changes need to occur before and after the transition. Maybe it’s shifting bedrooms to free up living space, establishing an earlier dinnertime routine, or being mindful about not leaving toys in the hallway. By knowing what to expect, your ohana will be better prepared to make the change.
Consider how much assistance they will need
Determine your senior’s current physical and mental health. What changes might you need to make to be more available for them? Don’t forget that conditions can change, so be prepared to adjust in the future. If you are unable to commit extra time to a loved one who needs more attention and care, consider how they might benefit from home care. Services can be provided for as little as three hours a day to as much as 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Establish rules and boundaries
You’ve established rules and boundaries for your own home, and sometimes it can take a while for others to adjust to what you’ve set forth. Be clear about the expectations you have and try to create ways in which your loved ones can transition smoothly into your space. Even a family meeting to discuss the rules of the home, may help to alleviate any stress.
Make your home senior friendly
Before or soon after your elderly parent moves in full-time, you will need to make adjustments to your home to ensure their safety and comfort. Every family will be different, depending on their seniors’ needs, but a few simple steps will minimize the chance for injury and make daily life easier.
Remember, the more you plan, the less overwhelmed you will be when your parent moves in. If your loved one needs more help than you can give, contact Home Care by ALTRES Medical to see how we can help.