As your parent gets older, it may become necessary for him to move in with you. Aging is an inevitable part of life. As your parent ages, he may become less independent. Often, health problems are the reason for the lack of independence. Perhaps your parent has a form of dementia and needs more supervision for his own safety. Maybe he suffered a stroke and needs your help to recuperate. Whatever the reason, when your parent moves in with you, it can be tough on all parties involved. The following tips will help ease the situation for you and your parent.
Talk it over and hold nothing back. It is important for you and your parent to discuss moving in – the good and the bad. One of the most important things to talk about is privacy. You will want to maintain your privacy and so will your parent. Discuss simple things, like the division of chores, to complex things, such as arrangements for rides to the doctor or hiring an aide for the daytime. Communication is key to making this type of arrangement work. [Read more…]