Adapting Your House If Your Parents Move In

There comes a time for most of us in our 20s when we can finally move on from living with our parents and get a place of our own.

Usually, 30 or so years later, there comes a time when we are back living with them, as they struggle to live independently and need proper senior home care like the services provided at

Except this time, they are moving in with you. Wanting to repay the favor you’ll want to accommodate for them, and make them feel both comfortable and welcome, but if your home isn’t big enough you could reside to moving into a bigger one or finding low income housing for senior in the area. I recommend you visit, where you should be able to find some nice new sheet sets for their bed. In adapting to them, you will have to do a little bit of remodeling. You should find plenty of sheets, pillow cases, and bed covers there to suit their taste. Once the place is set up you can welcome them into your home, and show them the cool new stuff you got for them! They’ll love it.


Some people opt to join an affordable Independent Living community in order to be able to socialize, stay active, and have their health monitored more closely in their later years with the help of a live in care facility. There are some great and well-established places like out there that make for a very comfortable place to stay. If instead your parents are about to move in or are already living with you, you might be worrying about all the adaptations your home might need to make it accessible to your ailing parent. Will they be irreversible? Will it damage the property? Will it feel like you are living in an elder care home? These are all valid and common questions that may come to mind when dealing with something like this. At you can find plenty of tips and information on how to prepare and what to expect in this regard. Additionally, you can find services online like that focus on providing this kind of assistance, and they have more info online for you so that you can get an idea of things to come.

If you find it is very difficult for you to take care of your parents then you may want to find more information on elder care homes like as shown on Chelsea Senior Living`s website. You can also visit sites like for more options.

Read on!

Alternatives To Elderly Care Homes


As our parents get older, they struggle to live independently forever, and at some point need home health care services to assist them with daily life affairs. That is a harsh fact for many people but you can avoid the headache by hiring someone at Home Instead – Home Care & Overnight Care in Frinton, Clacton, Walton.

Little falls, slips of memory, self-neglect, and even loneliness can often be the trigger for families discussing their options for getting a bit of support. This is where in home care services come in.

The elderly care options are generally carers, assisted living facilities, or moving in with each other with the help of home care service. For more information visit their website here. Carers, whether live-in or drop-in are expensive. They mean the parent can stay in their own home for longer. But there is a limit to what they can and can’t do (they cannot lift a person, for example).So naturally, if mobility decreases through dementia for example, the carers reach a point where they can no longer support your parent, and an assisted living facility makes much more sense.

Residential facilities have an unfair bad reputation. Many are clean, airy, friendly places where people are looked after with dignity. But it is still moving your parent in with strangers where they could be isolated or have fraught relationships with the other residents. Not to mention they are extremely expensive and often use up a person’s savings and assets. This makes getting a home health care provider for your parents such a good idea since they will be living with you at home while getting the proper care they need.

Caring for your own parent is a popular option. In the UK, there are around 2 million people receiving care from a family member. According to, 29% of care recipients in the US live with their family caregiver.

And this statistic is rising. As more people struggle to afford carers or nursing home fees, and people are living longer, the need to move your parents in with you increases.

But how do you make your home welcoming and accessible to your elderly parent without sacrificing your own style or making the home inaccessible for your own children and spouse?

There are a few simple changes you can make that won’t involve restructuring.

Pay Attention to Entrances, Walkways, And Thresholds


If your parent is in a wheelchair you might be worried about having to widen doorways. A lot of wheelchairs are made to fit through standard doorways, so visit a mobility specialist and choose the right wheelchair.

Get the measurements for every door and tight spot in your home. Take your parent with you. They are the ones who have to sit in the wheelchair all day and you are the one who has to push it with them in, so make sure it suits you both. Installing wheelchair ramps around the house could also be very helpful.

If your parent is walking, albeit shakily, check for trip risks. A change in flooring texture, slightly raised thresholds, small steps, and rugs can all present trip hazards.

Move any furniture that blocks paths or makes it harder to negotiate the room.

Can your parent easily get in and out of your house? Is the path lit? Are there handles or bannisters up steps? Can you install a ramp?

Replacing thresholds, adding temporary ramps, installing stair lifts and shifting your rugs are some of the adjustments you can make to make your parent’s stay with you much safer and enjoyable for all.

Convert A Downstairs Room


Even if your parent can manage the stairs now, you might want to consider converting a downstairs room into a bedroom, perhaps with an en-suite.

If your parent has Dementia or Parkinson’s, for example, it is likely the time will come when they are no longer able to manage the stairs. And it will probably come suddenly.

Having a contingency in place is the smart option.

Use Gadgets


It used to be that elderly living aids started and ended with grab rails. Not anymore.

These days there are all manner of technological advances that mean your parents can safely live with you without you having to be there 24/7. This is especially useful if you are working.

Large ring pull openers, grabber hands, key turners, kettle tippers, standing aids, lift recliners, talking alarm clocks…the list is practically endless.

If you are in the UK, your local council can come to your home and assess it and your parent to help you work out what living aids are suitable.

This will make your parent safer and your life easier. Caring for your parent is hard work. Losing independence is upsetting for them. Living aids mean they can retain their independence for longer and you have to do fewer chores for them

Consider A Granny Annexe


If having your parent in your home is impractical or fills you with dread (let’s face it, not everyone gets along) you might want to consider a ‘granny annexe’.

These stand-alone residential buildings are designed to fit in your garden and provide fully insulated, glazed, plumbed, and accessible housing for elderly people who need a bit more care. Automatically shut off your lamps with our grow light timer.

It’s not like having a fancy shed or a log cabinin your garden. They are properly constructed, customisable homes.

You can choose from one or two bedrooms, there are various layouts, and all the interior and exterior can be chosen by you and your parent.

They even add value to your property.

Living with your parent can be a fraught time as you all adjust and come to terms with the reversal of roles. But it can be a very rewarding time as you reconnect and spend precious time together.

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