Helping an Aging Parent Adapt to a Family Home

Helping an Aging Parent Adapt to a Family Home
Elderly loved ones face a multitude of major lifestyle changes as they make their journey through the golden years. Change can be a good thing, but it can also be an emotional time of letting go. Seniors feel the loss and the stress that come with giving up a home and everything familiar that goes with it. Here’s how caregivers can help elderly loved ones accept new living arrangements.

Helping an Aging Parent Adapt to a Family Home - Making roomMaking Room in the Family Home for an Elderly Parent

An elderly parent may have to give up belongings, furniture, plants and even a beloved pet when there is simply no room in an adult child’s home. Downsizing material possessions that define a person’s lifestyle and character is no easy task. Storage units are an expense many people cannot afford, and other adult children may live too far away to accept furniture and other large items.

An elderly parent moving into the home of an adult child loses more than the comfort of an old house, sentimental possessions, and decades of memories. The senior has to learn new routines – has to learn new sounds and different smells – and has to get used to a son or daughter being in