As your parents age, they may struggle with their daily routines due to reduced mobility or other health issues. For example, they might have trouble remembering to take their medications, which is a health concern. Even something as simple as paying the bills or keeping the house neat can become a challenge. If your elderly parents are having difficulties with everyday tasks, it may be time to help them relocate to a safer and more convenient environment.
Read on as Busy Buddies, your premier senior move managers, provides some tips on how to help your senior parents with this transition:
Have an Open Discussion With Your Parents
First, have a clear and honest discussion with your elderly parents and other family members. By allowing everyone to share their views, you can make a well-informed, thoughtful decision while also strengthening the support system for your parents. While this conversation may be difficult and emotional at times, it needs to be had. Make sure you think through all the details including finances, the changes in lifestyle and each person’s role in the transition.
Look for the Perfect Living Arrangement
Fortunately, there are many options to choose from when moving seniors. For instance, they can either live independently in a smaller, more manageable home, or share a house with a relative. If they require daily help with housekeeping and medication, they may be better suited to a residential care or assisted living facility. Each family member involved in the discussion should understand the pros and cons of different living arrangements so they can arrive at the best decision.
Determine the Needed Level of Care
The level of care your parents need may change as they age. For example, they may be able to live independently for now, but in a few years, they may need an in-home caregiver. You’ll need to come up with practical ways to address their needs. You can also consult with a social worker for more guidance.
To help you plan, consider which daily activities your parents can do on their own and whether they need regular assistance. You should also check the availability of supportive services in your area, like adult day services, meal delivery and in-home care. If they have health problems, identify the type of medical care they need. Remember that their cognitive condition may change as they continue to age, so think long-term.
When it’s time to relocate your parents, turn to the experts at Busy Buddies. We can help downsize and declutter your home, as well as assist you with other difficult aspects that come with life transitions. Call us at (703) 828-1833 for more information about our services. We serve residents throughout Arlington, VA.