Great Living Arrangements For Your Aging Father

June 12, 2012 12:00 AM
Great Living Arrangements For Your Aging Father
BOSTON (CBS) – Is Dad having trouble maintaining his present home? Is the garden looking shabby? Are the stairs a problem because of his arthritis?

" The first thing you need to do is get buy-in from Dad that he wants help with the housing issues. Change is difficult for all of us; now compound that with having lived in a place for 30 or more years.

Can the present housing be adapted so that Dad can stay there? Are there services provided through the local Area Agency on Aging that can help Dad stay in his home. Would Meals on Wheels help by delivering a week’s worth of dinners?

Can you hire someone to mow the lawn and shovel the snow? Does the house need some remodeling such as adding a bathroom and bedroom downstairs that would make it one floor living for Dad?

Does Dad move in with you? There has been a 67% increase in the past decade of parents moving in with their kids.

Do you add an apartment to your home for him? Do you move in with Dad because his house is bigger than yours? There is a growing trend for families to live together "

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