When your parents or in-laws are getting on in age, there is a multitude of difficult decisions to consider. One common decision is to have the aging adult move in with you in order to assist their needs and have peace of mind that they are safe. As we grow increasingly dissatisfied with the option of placement in a nursing facility, accommodation in the home seems the much better option. when doing so, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a smooth transition and lasting success with this arrangement.
Having another person fit into your dwelling requires extra space. That means a spare bedroom, along with a bathroom that can accommodate whatever special needs the older adult may have. This may entail doing some rearranging, making an addition, or even moving to a larger home altogether.
Once you've determined the space you have, the next thing to consider is safety. Aging adults are at higher risks of falls, so ensuring that things like cords and rugs that can be tripped on are out of the way, as well as ensuring that there are support rails and safety features in the shower/bath are key to safety.
Also, bear in mind that an ailing adult will often-times have medications, meaning that if you have little ones in the house, those meds will need to be kept out of reach.
While sharing living space is a great way to save costs altogether, there is still the question of who will pay for what in the new arrangement. Things like rent/mortgage, food costs, utilities, and other ancillary costs should be considered. Be sure to handle these affairs prior to completing the move-in process.
Expectations and Boundaries
Aside from the financial aspect, there are other expectations to consider. For example, privacy is an important part of cohabitation. With another person in the house, it might be wise to designate private time as well as communal time, such as meals or family activities.
Seeking Outside Help
The important thing about maintaining a harmonious routine is to be patient and talk through the speed bumps. In the process, you may find that you need some outside assistance in order to give yourself a break, especially if the needs of the older adult are more than you initially anticipated. That's where ACC Adult Home Care comes in. Our caregivers can help give you a reprieve to recharge your batteries or get out and have some fun, all while enjoying the peace of mind that your loved one is in the best, most caring hands.
Feel free to give us a call at 440.320.3335 for a free consultation regarding the needs of your loved one. No matter what your living situation, we're here to help.
Melva Sherwood, RN