Before World War II, it was common in American households to have several generations living under one roof. This created an opportunity for parents to work while grandparents took responsibility for child care, allowing everyone to save money on things like housing. Today, many adult children are making the choice to reinstate this style of living, either for economic reasons or to care for aging parents who are unable to care for themselves. However, this move could come with some unanticipated surprises if you’re not prepared or haven’t provided home care. West Hartford Home Care Assistance has put together a list of things to consider before packing your bags.
Aging Parents Can’t Always be Babysitters
If child care is one of the reasons that you’re considering moving an aging parent into your home, you may want to think again. While an elderly parent may claim that they’re up to the task, they cannot always run, lift, or otherwise care for younger children when needed. It’s important to consider the potential risks – for your aging parent and your children – before asking a senior to care for your rambunctious kids.
Children Will Learn About Mortality
If you are in a home with young children, moving them in with aging parents will put them in a situation where they could learn some strong lessons about the fragility of life firsthand. This may mean watching the introduction of life saving medical equipment, or it can be something such as watching a grandparent receive palliative home care in West Hartford. Be prepared to have this delicate conversation with children before the time comes.
You May End Up Caring for Two Generations
There may come a time where you become the primary caretaker of both your children and your parents if you don’t have help from other family members or a live-in West Hartford caregiver. Though this may be something you are prepared for, know that it will take a large toll on your time and energy levels, and could easily lead to a decline in your own health if you haven’t scheduled occasional respite care services.
You Will Have an Opportunity to Grow Closer
Living together under one roof is a great way for your children and your parents to get know one another in a deeper, more meaningful way. Grandparents can offer your children the gifts of wisdom, and children offer to them a youthful energy that is good for the soul. The opportunity for a relationship like this can often be a life-changing event for you, your children, and your aging parents.
In-Home Caregivers can Help
As you can see, living with aging parents can have its ups and downs. However, when you have help from a qualified and professional senior caregiver who is available for in-home help on an hourly or 24/7 basis, daily living with elderly parents can become much easier and more enjoyable.
If your aging parents are at the point where they are no longer able to live on their own, you have a couple different options. You could move in with them and hire an hourly caregiver for occasional in-home help and respite care. Or you could ask about our 24/7 live-in senior caregivers who are available to help your elderly parent age at home safely and independently.
For more information about our different senior care plans, or to see which options would be best for your aging loved one, call Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford today at 860-372-4500.