Should My Aging Loved One Live with Me?

If you’re deciding to move an aging loved one into your home, it can come as a surprise the number of changes that will need to take place in order to make sure that everyone involved will be comfortable. From considering living arrangements to the organizing of furniture, the list can grow almost overnight.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some suggested steps to take when bringing a senior loved one into your home.

Home Dynamics

Moving can already seem like a heavy burden, but considering what the home will be like after everything has been moved in can be just as challenging.

Many people can overlook what the home dynamic will be like with the addition of a new family member; especially one with such a prominent role. It’s true that family dynamics will look different with having an aging parent move in with their adult child.

That’s why it’s important to have a conversation prior to an elderly loved moving in about just what things will look like once the move has been completed. Expectations will need to be laid out and defining boundaries in the beginning will be crucial to keeping your home tranquil and running smoothly.

Home Considerations

As we age, it’s undeniable that our bodies start to develop aches and pains and getting through the day can take more consideration than it did when we were spry and young.

This is only magnified as we round the corner into our senior years, and things like wax floors, stairs, and showers may present more obstacles as we age. Adjustments to your home may offer more comfort and safety for your loved one as they make the transition to living in your home.

By making a few small changes to your home you can ensure that you loved one is safe and comfortable.

These changes might include:

  • Adding textured, no-slip strips in the bathtub and shower
  • Using nonslip wax on hardwood and tile floors
  • Placing waterproof seats/chairs in showers
  • Using nonskid treads on steps
  • Removing throw rugs
  • Replacing standard doorknobs with lever handles
  • Changing toilets with raised or high-profile toilets

It may seem like a ton of changes that need to occur, but these simple precautions are important things to consider prior to your loved one moving in.

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Consider Your Neighborhood and Amenities

You’ve adjusted your house appropriately to bring in a new aging family member, but now it’s time to look outward. What does your neighborhood look like?

Outside of your home, there are a few essential things to consider about the surrounding area to be sure that this move will be beneficial for your loved one. What types of goods or services do you have around your home? Are they an appropriate distance for walking or driving? What about transportation?

Each of these things may not seem like a big deal now, but when your elderly family member needs to pick up their medication, it’s worth considering if a 30-minute trip to CVS or Walgreens will be manageable. Luckily, many areas in the Tampa Bay area have drug stores within arm’s reach.

Care of Your Loved One

It’s expected that some additional responsibilities will need to be taken on by everyone in the house with this new addition, but just what will that entail? With taking on these responsibilities, it’s important to consider these points when compiling your list:

  • Be realistic about what you can and can’t help with
  • Know your limits
  • Consider your schedule

Giving extra thought to these areas will be worth it. With any new addition to a home, everyone in the household should consider their role and what changes are to come.

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Set Yourself Up for a Successful Move

The first step is always the most daunting. This is why Florida’s Best Moving Company is there to help get you and your family started with these new living arrangements. The process of moving is complex with many different moving pieces. Don’t let furniture and moving your loved one’s possessions be a stressor. Our professional moving team can be the difference between a headache and a happy home!

Make the move today. Connect with our team at 813-485-6580 and get started with a free, no hassle home estimate.