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