As your loved ones grow older, there is an increasing set of challenges that accompanies the process. Developing health issues may affect their ability to live independently, there are financial challenges to consider, and the empty nest syndrome makes loneliness a tough hurdle to overcome. There comes a time when older people just cannot live alone and it becomes necessary for them to move into assisted living, or in with a child.
Relocating is not easy even in the best of times, and it is more difficult and stressful when it involves a senior citizen. If the reason for moving to assisted living is declining health, in addition to the mental stress, getting rid of a lifetimes worth of possessions and knick knacks can be emotionally nerve wracking. While professional moving companies like Royal Movers can take care of the packing up of cherished items and other necessary equipment, you must prepare your home to accommodate your relative in as many ways as they need to make the transition as easy for them as possible.
1. What is their physical and mental condition?
If your loved one is relatively healthy and independent, they will probably require less hands-on care and will become easily accustomed to your household. However, physically or mentally weak relatives will require more care from you and your other family members. If your parent has had a health setback or crisis, it is quite probable that you will have to devise a plan to cater to their chronic illness. Even if there is no debilitating illness other than old age, you will still need to anticipate any possible needs they may have in the future.
2. Do you have the space required?
In addition to a bedroom, older people may have other needs that require space. Think of any equipment or supplies they may require, like a hospital bed, oxygen tank, or other medical equipment needed. You should also consider accessibility issues, for instance wheelchair access. If you live in a cramped apartment, having an older person may require adjustments on the part of your family as well. Will there be enough privacy for them and other family members? What is the level of adjustment your family will need to make to accommodate their needs and expectations?
3. What is the level of assistance they will require?
The amount of assistance you will be providing depends on the health and physical agility of your parent. You must take into consideration that the level of assistance required will increase over time. You should be realistic about how much you can achieve. If the person has advanced issues and needs help bathing, dressing, or going to the bathroom, you may need a nurse or aide. Consider your schedule as well. The impact of taking someone in who needs full time assistance will definitely affect your routine and that of the other people around you. Think about whether you can provide the time and energy to take this on. It might be smart to make up a schedule where the other members of the family pitch in to provide these together.
Having an older person in your home may be a beautiful experience. It provides you and your family to spend time with a much loved grandparent and parent. As long as you take the time to plan the ramifications of the move, it should be a smooth transition for everyone.