Making the decision about where your elderly parents should live can be difficult. You want them to be as comfortable and happy as possible, but you also don’t want to make the wrong decision. If you ask these 4 important questions, you will have a much better idea about what you should do.
Where Will They Be Safe?
The most important question to ask is whether or not the elderly parent will be safe at the new location. You need to consider their health, as well as their safety. Whether you decide to have them living with you or at a care facility of some kind, think carefully about whether they will have all of their care needs met. In some cases, they may not be safe when left alone. So, moving them in with you isn’t the right option because you can’t provide round-the-clock care. But if they are still fairly independent, it’s a different story.
Will They Be Lonely?
Another thing to think about is whether or not the elderly parent will be lonely at the new location. If they are moving away from all of their friends and family, they may feel isolated. This can lead to depression and a decrease in overall well-being. They may still be lonely living with you if you are out at work all day. If you’re not able to care for them full-time, consider having them move into an assisted care living facility where they will be able to interact with others and get the help they need. You can use an assisted living placement agency to help you find somewhere they will be comfortable. Remember, even though safety is important, you need to think about their quality of life.
What Can You Afford?
It’s also important to consider what you can afford. While some of these decisions are not motivated by money, most families have a budget they need to stay within. The cost of living with you is much less than the cost of an assisted care facility. But if your parent needs more help than you can provide and your insurance doesn’t cover the costs, you may need to look into other options. Nobody likes to bring money into these decisions, but you have to be realistic.
What Do They Want?
The final question to ask is what your parent wants. This may be the most important question of all because it takes their feelings into account. If they want to stay close to home and live with you, then that’s what you should do. If they want to move into a care facility, then you should help them find the best place you can. Their feelings are often forgotten in these situations as everybody thinks they know what is best, but it’s important that you consider them. However, bear in mind that if their health is failing, they may not always know what is safe for them.
If you can answer these 4 questions, you should have a much better idea of what your should do in this situation.