When your elderly family member’s life and health change, you might start to think about having her move into your home with you. For some people in this situation, that might be just the right answer. But in many other cases, this actually might not be the right thing to do. Evaluating the options carefully is prudent.
How Has Your Relationship Been in the Past?
Emotional and relationship difficulties can be a huge obstacle when moving your senior into your home. If your relationship has not always been the best, those issues could still exist. Many issues go unresolved for decades and that can breed resentment on both your part and your senior’s. Some caregivers opt for therapy to help them to get past these issues, but every situation is different.
Is There Enough Room for Everyone?
Actual, physical space for everyone who lives in the home is still a huge priority. If your current home is tiny, there may need to be some changes made if you plan to live with your senior. That might even mean that both of you need to move to a larger place. If that isn’t possible, you may not be able to do this at all.
Are There Still Options that Allow Her to Age in Place?
There may still be some feasible solutions that allow your elderly family member to age in a place where she is. Some of these, such as hiring elderly care providers, is a very easy way for you to get much more help with caregiving. Your elderly family member might not be excited about this plan at first, but it is something that you can both get used to together.
Is Part of Your Coping Mechanism Having Somewhere Just for You?
As a caregiver, you need to have downtime and you need to have a space in which you can do that. For you, that might be in your own home. Moving your senior into that space could damage that peaceful space for you. Looking at moving your senior into your home without considering this piece of the picture is potentially a bad idea for you.
You may find that there are other solutions that are actually a much better choice for your senior and for you. This isn’t because you don’t want to have her close to you, but because it’s actually better for both of you.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Piedmont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203
At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.
As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.
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