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How to Get Ready for Moving a Loved One into Your Home

Many adults experience a role reversal when aging parents need to move in with them. Whether for health or financial reasons, many seniors can no longer live alone later in life. At the same time, most seniors prefer not to move into assisted living or senior care facilities. One relatively inexpensive solution is inviting them to live with you. Providing care, companionship, and security can make a world of difference for your loved one.

Let Them Make Decisions

Many older adults are resistant to moving out of their homes. Especially if they’re living in the family home, aging in place is preferable for three out of four seniors, AARP notes. Unfortunately, there may be signs that it’s time for some assistance with daily living. In addition to needing help with eating, bathing, and getting out of bed, older adults may experience isolation or poor health when living alone.

At the same time, giving your loved one control over the decision making can help them feel better about the move. Work together to establish a timeline for decluttering, packing, and moving—and talk through it to help manage emotions. Being sensitive to your loved one’s needs is essential in this transition.

Decide What to Do with Their Home

If a senior family member is coming to live with you, deciding what to do with their current home is a major decision. While you shouldn’t make any demands on your parent or relative, the best choice for everyone might be to sell the home.

Overseeing a rental or managing upkeep of the place can be time-consuming and even expensive, though the rental income could be a financial benefit. But depending on the costs involved in upkeep—plus any remaining mortgage balance—it might be better to sell. Then, your loved one may have funds to put toward savings, medical expenses, or other needs.

Think About Storage

If your loved one is downsizing from their own home and moving into yours, you may need some storage solutions. Moving can be stressful and life-changing, so giving up prized possessions isn’t ideal. Do what you can to accommodate your loved one—even if that involves adding more storage to your home.

Instead of renting a storage unit far from your home, think about adding a steel building to your property. This way, your loved one won’t have to part with special items—big or small—and has immediate access to them if necessary. A steel building, especially, offers high durability and cost-effectiveness in comparison with monthly rental at a storage facility.

Plan for AccessibilityUnited Access Wheelchair Lifts for Sale

If your loved one has mobility or health challenges, you may need to modify your home for accessibility. Steps like installing lifts for stairs, building ramps for wheelchair access, installing handrails, and converting rooms can add up—costing you thousands of dollars.

Depending on your family member’s needs—and your existing home—it might even make more sense to purchase a new house. Think carefully about your family’s safety and comfort, then see if it’s worth looking at properties currently on the market.

Expect to Change Routines

Whether your home includes a partner, children, or other family members, moving in another person can change things. Next Avenue highlights what to consider—such as whether you’ll have help from your siblings or whether you already have a healthy relationship with your loved one.

Inviting a senior family member to move with you involves lifestyle changes for both of you. But it can also provide opportunities for connection that you may not have considered before.

The decision to move an older adult loved one into your home may not be an easy one. But being there for your family member can help them live a fuller and healthier life. Especially if they were unsafe living at home alone, this move could be necessary. Ultimately, the challenge lies with navigating their relocation and settling into their new place with you.

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One Stray Bullet Changed Todd Shelton’s Life Forever

Coach Todd Shelton put time and heart into reaching out to others in his community. After graduating from Missouri Western University, the football star came back to his hometown to get involved with football, track, and wrestling at McCluer South Berkeley High School. Todd was not just a coach; he was a role model. Todd worked hard to help these students navigate from high school to college. He touched, and continues to touch, so many lives.February 16, 2019, a random act of violence changed Todd’s life when he was shot during a drive-by shooting. This senseless act has not changed Todd’s mission in life; to make people’s lives better.

Watch this inspiring story to hear Todd’s story and to see how the KMOV Surprise SquadScott Credit Union and United Access teamed up to give Todd and his family a half time show of surprises.

Scottsdale family whose daughter has cerebral palsy gets new wheelchair accessible van

The Stedman family of Scottsdale is no stranger to adversity. They’ve triumphed over cancer, ADHD, Dyslexia and Cerebral Palsy. Their eight-year-old daughter, Sage, has cerebral palsy and is non-mobile. She was diagnosed at the age of four months.

Not having a safe and accessible vehicle to transport a child in a wheelchair can cause isolation, discouragement, frustration, and depression. That’s one of the many reasons the Stedman family wanted to get an accessible vehicle for Sage.

“Sage has a power chair and it is a joy to see her enjoy this newfound independence, but we’ve been unable to transport it,” said Mrs. Stedman. “Although she can take her chair to school on the bus, her schedule does not allow her to take the bus every day.”

The Stedman family has been searching desperately for the best wheelchair accessible vehicle for their daughter. “But, in addition to the large expense of such a vehicle, we have extra medical bills due to her father’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis,” said Mrs. Stedman, who added that her family has also been working hard to raise funds to help pay for it.

Thankfully, the Steelman Family Foundation, which assists families in need who are trying to purchase their own wheelchair accessible vehicle, has chosen to help Sage Stedman and her family.

 

Marcos Castillo – Back in the Driver’s Seat

Marcos Castillo was injured in an accident nearly 20 years ago. Marcos life has been a journey. After 18 years, Marcos is finally back in the driver’s seat! Watch how all of his hard work has paid off. Marcos, his driving instructor and United Access in Chandler, Arizona worked together to get him back on the road to independence.