At Branch Properties we often find families looking to relocate because an elderly family member is moving in and they have a unique set of needs. However, beyond preparing for the move practically – there are a number of other factors that should be taken into consideration. Whilst we may well value the extra time spent with them during their golden years as well as a fantastic opportunity for some grandchild bonding, it can also impact your current family dynamic. This may not necessarily be a negative thing at all – it’s just as we learnt in the Brownies and cubs it’s always best to be prepared. So here are some handy tips on how to prepare for your elderly parent moving in.
It may well be that your parent needs additional support or care, it could well be the reason they moved out of their current home. It is worth considering seriously whether you are able to take this on alone or will need additional support. If you are planning on becoming a full time carer because your elderly parent is moving in you may well be eligible for some government funding or if you’re looking to get help the council may well offer you some financial aid. Consider your options and time constraints seriously, and always know your limits.
- Your home
Often, an older relative may not be able to move as easily as they could and your house may well need some modifications to make it easier for them to navigate. The most important points are the entry, doorways and bathroom – making sure your loved one can navigate throughout the house as well as in the bathroom. If you would like any more information please feel free to check out some blogs we wrote a couple of weeks ago. We would also recommend thinking about transforming a lounge into a bedroom to help your loved one avoid any challenging stairs.
Having your loved one move in can be a huge commitment so make sure to include your family in the decision and allow them to be open and honest about their concerns. Take them on board and think of potential ways you could help alleviate their concerns. It may be worth actively investing in options that could prevent any issues – they may want a separate kitchen or even their own entrance. It is important that even once they’ve moved in to keep the lines of communication open and make sure there is a safe space for any grievances to be aired.
If your loved one is moving in with you from a different area they may well struggle with loneliness. It may be worth seeing if there are any groups or facilities in the local area that could keep them entertained – a book club or bridge club that could offer them a friendship circle and a way to keep entertained.
This can be an incredibly challenging thing to discuss, but it is important you discuss whether or not your parent will be contributing financially to your household and if so how much. Try to be open and honest from the start and think seriously about how an additional person may affect your monthly outgoings.
If you have an elderly parent moving in and you have any further questions or would like some help searching for an accessible home in London or the surrounding area please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly team on 0203 475 4022 or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org