Preparing Your Home For An Elderly Parent

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Preparing Your Home For An Elderly Parent requires some special effort.

 

Recently, I published an article about how to take care of an elderly parent the right way. However, one thing that was missed was how you should prepare if you are planning on bringing an elderly parent to live with you. This is an action that a lot of young adults are taking these days to save their parents the hassle and stress of moving into a retirement home. There are definitely issues with this step as well as a vast array of benefits. One factor you should keep in mind is the ways that you will need to change your home to accommodate your elderly parent.

Preparing Your Home For An Elderly Parent requires some special effort.

 

Make It Safe

 

First, you need to ensure that the home is safe for your elderly parent. Be prepared for the fact that the level of safety that a young couple needs and the safety features an elderly individual needs are quite different. The reason for this is that they are more vulnerable. For instance, you might need to add some more security to the front door. Particularly, if there are going to be various times when your elderly parent is left by themselves in the home. You might also want to set up a stair gate as if they do slip or fall, it’s quite likely that it will occur on the stairs. Adding a rail to the bathroom is also going to be quite useful. 

 

Make Them Feel Comfortable

 

You should also consider how you can make your elderly parent feel more comfortable in your home. An easy way to do this would be by bringing their furniture into your home. You can explore different furniture transport quotes online to ensure that this doesn’t end up costing you a fortune. It’s important to make sure that there is a space in your home that feels completely theirs. This can be their bedroom or a different room in your home. It should be an area where they can have privacy and relax. That’s particularly vital if you have young kids in the house. 

 

Think About Specific Needs

 

Finally, you might find that your elderly parent has specific needs that relates to their health and their wellbeing. For instance, you might find that your elderly parent has mobility issues. If that’s the case then it doesn’t make sense to force them to travel up and downstairs each day. Instead, you should think about setting up their bedroom downstairs, if there’s everything they need down there like a toilet. Alternatively, your elderly parent might have dementia and if that’s the case, areas like the kitchen must be redesigned the right way. 

If you feel you may struggle with certain tasks you can also look to a health care agency. They provide specialists who can help and assist with a wide variety of tasks. Of course, do your research and see who is most suitable to you and your needs. My northern California friends should chat with my daughter. For my friends in CT, I hear good things about Home Healthcare Visiting Nurse New Milford, CT. For my SoCal friends, I can use a referral.

If you take the key steps here then you will be taking great steps towards avoiding any unexpected visits to the hospital. It is so important to do your best to provide your elderly parents with a comfortable and comforting environment.  

Naturally Yours,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

 

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34 thoughts on “Preparing Your Home For An Elderly Parent”

  1. Your post talked about such an important topic. I am positive it wil help many people who are looking to take on the parent’s home. And it’s the least we can do for our parents. thanks for posting.

  2. I worked in Geriatrics when I was younger, and you make some really valid points. It is important to remember that this transition is not easy for anyone involved, but can be much smoother if they take your advice. Blessings

  3. The grab bars in the bathroom are so essential. So is giving them their own space. It’s important to remember that as their body is aging, their cares may be changing too. I also agree with contacting a health agency for help in getting things ready before (or even after) a loved one arrives.

  4. In my country, we do not have nursing homes or assisted living facilities. We care for our elderly parents and /or relatives at home. It is a full time job, but it is just like returning the favor for those who took care of us when we were little kids. A lot of adjustments must be done to make them feel comfortable and very much loved.

    1. Eileen, different counties and different cultures have different ways of caring for the elderly. It is always interesting to me. For instance, many Asian children will send their parents money once the child becomes an adult. Then, later, when care is needed the parent will move in with the child.

  5. So many great pointers to help busy people focus on what their parents would need. It is so easy for people to be so absorbed in their own daily stressors that they just don’t stop to think these things through. You have laid this out very well – concise, easy to read and understand. Really useful, especially as life expectancies increase and the number of parents living at home continues to grow.

    1. Nicole, thank you for such a thoughtful response. It is very easy to forget in today’s busy world. Even with the exorbitant amount of time we have all been home this year we still, as a whole, are super busy.

  6. This is an excellent post. Making the transition from child to caregiver is one that can be rocky for both parents and their children. It’s important to take the time to do it right.

  7. Such an important topic and something we may all have to face one day. Thanks so much for bringing this to life.

  8. My parents are not getting any younger. It’s a sensible issue that needs to addressed as early as now’ I remember my granny who used to stay with us during her last days. we re arranged our lifestyle to fit her mobility inside our house.

  9. Love this article for an Elderly Parents. They just need little love and attention. We should show them our 100%.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.