The decision about whether your aging parents should move out of their own home to a senior care home is often tricky and emotional. Each family will have its own reasons for wanting (or not wanting) to take such a step. One family may decide a move to a senior housing facility is right because the aging parent no longer needs so much space or cannot manage the home. For another family the need for hands-on senior care in a long-term care facility for seniors motivates a change. In some cases, a move frees up cash so that the aging parent can afford a more suitable situation.
In the case of long-distance caregivers, the notion of moving can seem like a solution to the problem of not being close enough to help. For some caregivers, moving a sick or aging parent to their own home or community can be a viable alternative. In some cases, an adult child moves back to the parent’s home to become the primary caregiver. Keep in mind that leaving a home, community, and familiar medical care can be very disruptive and difficult for your aging parents or aging relative. Older adults and their families have some choices when it comes to deciding where to live, but these choices can be limited by factors such as illness, financial resources, and personal preferences. Making a decision that is best for your aging parent and making that decision with your aging parent can be difficult. Try to learn as much as you can about possible senior housing options.
The Family Caregiver Alliance suggests considering the following issues before deciding whether or not to move your aging parent to your home:
1. Evaluate Your Aging Parent’s Needs
Evaluate whether your aging parent needs constant supervision or assistance throughout the day, and consider how this will be provided.
2. Identify Activities For Your Aging loved one
Identify which activities of daily living (eating, bathing, toileting) your aging parent can perform independently.
3. Know Your Care-giving Capabilities
- Determine your comfort level for providing personal care such as bathing or changing an adult diaper.
- Take an honest look at your health and physical abilities, and decide if you are able to provide care for your aging parent. If not, you might want to look into hiring a good caregiver for your aging parent.
4. Famliarize Yourself With Your Aging Parent’s Medical Condition
- Expect changes in your parent’ss medical or cognitive condition.
- Consider the type of medical care your parent needs and find out if appropriate doctors and services are available in your community.
5. Know Your Senior Housing and Availability of Senior Care Homes
- Explore the availability of senior services such as a friendly visitor, in-home care, or adult day services.
- Investigate back-up senior care options if living with your parent does not work or is not your choice.
Talk to your aging parent regarding their situation, before deciding on whether to move your aging parent to a senior housing such as assisted living, nursing home or other senior care homes. Remember, it’s important to your aging parent in the decision making process.
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