Your parents raise you, keep you safe, and make sure you have everything you need to be healthy and happy while you’re growing up. Eventually, though, it often becomes time to return the favor. As your parents age, there may come a time when they can no longer safely stay in their own home. When this happens, you have two choices: Look into an aged care facility, or have them move in with you.
For many people, they don’t even need to think about it- it’s a given that their mother or father will be living with them when the time comes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll all be smooth sailing though- there will be a number of things to think about to make sure the transition goes smoothly.
Here are a few things to think about to make it easier for both you and your parent:
Have a cleanup
If your parent is disabled, or simply has trouble getting around, one of the biggest things you’ll need to think about is their accessibility. One way to do this is to have a big spring clean before they move in. Take a look at your home and consider whether they will have problems navigating through each room- especially if they use a walker or a wheelchair.
If they will, now’s the time to have a cleanup. Get rid of any old furniture you’re no longer using, and make sure you create a space where your parent can store their things.
Your parent will need to be able to get around your home on their own- especially if you’re not there. If you have a two-storied house, it’s a good idea to invest in a stairlift for your home. This will allow them to safely and easily get up and down the stairs on their own, which is also super helpful if you have all of the bedrooms upstairs. These can also add value to your home if you think you may want to sell it in the future.
Talk it out
Now’s the time to have a chat about both of your expectations. If you have kids, they’ll need to know what this change will mean for them, and if you’d like them to help out more around the house.
Ask your parent if they have any questions or concerns. They may be feeling upset about no longer living in their own home, and this is natural. Let them know that you’re available if they’d like a listening ear.