Most individuals prefer to spend the entirety of their lives in their own homes. However, as people get older, many circumstances can change, making living alone less ideal. If you have an elderly parent entering this phase of life, moving them into your home can be a more desirable option than an assisted living or nursing home.

While moving a senior parent into your home can be a viable option, this transition can also bring challenges. Look at a few tips to remember along the way that can help.

1. Give Them Their Own Space

Your senior parent will be giving up privacy and having a home that is wholly their own to live in your home. In many ways, this can be an emotional challenge. However, the change may be easier if you can designate a particular area of the house as theirs. At the very least, ensure your parent has their own room instead of being expected to share space with others all the time. The ideal setup is a connected but separate living space with a bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen.

2. Keep Your Parent Involved in the Transition

Transitioning from living alone to living with you should be a decision made by the individual. It is essential for the senior loved one to feel they are making the decision and not being forced into a new living situation. Even if you know that moving them in with you is for the best, keep them encouraged by talking to them openly through the process and allowing them to make decisions when possible.

3. Be Attentive to Medical and Health Needs Before Moving

If your loved one has health and medical needs, make sure you meet those needs before moving them. For example, if your parent has mobility issues and must use an assistive device like a walker or wheelchair, ensure your home can accommodate them. This may mean making alterations like:

  • Widening doorways
  • Rearranging furniture
  • Removing area rugs
  • Installing ramps on stairs or steps
  • Keeping pathways at least 32 inches wide

4. Consider Looking for a Storage Unit for Extra Belongings

If your senior loved one is permanently letting go of their home, they will need a place to store their belongings. It is best not to expect the individual to let go of their home and personal belongings simultaneously. And you may not have room for everything they own in your own dwelling. In these situations, renting a storage unit can be a good solution. 

5. Trust a Moving Company so that You Can Focus on Your Parent’s Needs

Adapting to living with someone can be difficult for all parties involved. As you work to get your elderly parent moved into your home, be sure to work with an experienced moving company to support the transition logistics. This will allow you to focus on your parent’s needs and emotional well-being throughout the process. 

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