You can’t always be there. But we can.
Your dad’s home is becoming too much. Mowing acres of land is becoming harder. Paying to have his driveway plowed and sanded is costing a lot of money. Shoveling his patios/decks and sidewalks is hard to keep up with. Weeding, trimming branches, and home maintenance are also expensive and time-consuming.
As a result, you’ve all decided he should downsize. He’s okay moving to a new home. One of the things that you’re considering is moving him into your home. Sharing your home with a senior parent is convenient, but it will need careful planning. Adding another person to your home can impact privacy, especially if you have a limited number of bathrooms.
What Room Do You Have for Him?
Look at your current home. What will his living space look like? Do you have an in-law apartment or an apartment over the garage that he can live in? If you do, he’ll have plenty of privacy while also being close to you.
Will he have to move into a bedroom and share a bathroom with you or your children? If that is the case, can you create a schedule that works for everyone? If your kids are in a rush to get to school, will your dad be okay waiting to use a bathroom until they’re out of the house?
How Does Your Dad Feel?
Your dad has spent years raising a family. He has the house to himself now. He may want to avoid moving in with an adult child and their family. Ask your dad what he thinks.
He may be happier downsizing to a smaller home closer to you but not right into your home. You can use the equity in his current home to pay cash for something smaller, such as a townhouse or condo, that possibly has maintenance and landscaping included in the price. He’ll have his own place to live, but he avoids many of the hassles of home upkeep.
Living Alone Doesn’t Mean He Has to Be Alone
One thing to remember is that he doesn’t have to be alone when he lives alone. Senior care services can stop by each day, a few days a week, or once a week and make sure he’s okay. Caregivers can help with household chores like laundry, vacuuming, meal preparation, and dusting.
Learn more about the senior care options that will help your dad live independently and safely in his home or yours. Call our senior care agency now to get answers to your questions.