Remaining in a beloved family home until the end, with its familiar creaks and memory-filled rooms, is the desire of many seniors. But all too often, adult children are faced with the realization that their parents can no longer handle home maintenance or need supportive services to remain independent, whether driving to stores or dressing in the morning. Though home care agency caregivers can visit throughout the day or spend the night, they can’t replace the security, services and camaraderie found at assisted living communities. Even if parents are willing to move to a community, this doesn’t guarantee moving will go smoothly; unlike other moves made during a lifetime, this move will likely be the most difficult one a family will face.
Part 1: It’s Never too Early to Plan a Move
Discussing aging is a sensitive topic, even for 30-year-olds, but it is a conversation that families should and must have while parents are in good health because it will make a difference later. Many people don’t think about the process of moving early enough, and then find themselves in a crunch to meet deadlines,..
Part 2: Strategies for Successfully Moving Your Parents
“I’ll get to that this year,” your parents vow when asked about cleaning out the garage or weeding out old clothes from the closet. These I’ll get to thats pile up over the years, and then you are suddenly faced with the fallout of what happens when moving your parents to a retirement or assisted living community: closets to clean out, arguments over what will fit in their new home and a house to place on the market. Get some helpful hints for making the process easier...
Part 3: Moving a Parent with Alzheimer's or Dementia
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be bewildering and taxing, even on good days. When you can no longer care for your parents, there are communities specifically designed to provide the specialized care that Alzheimer’s or dementia requires. If you are considering such a community for a parent, but dread the trauma that the transition will cause, there are a number of steps you can take to make the moving process less traumatic...