Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Living Options For Parents Who Are Still Independent

When we think about things such as living arrangements for our parents, it’s often the vulnerable that we think of, those who have lost the ability to live safely and securely on their own. However, there are plenty of people who remain plenty independent as they get older, but might still be thinking about changing their living arrangements. Here are a few topics you can talk about if they’re thinking of no longer living where they do, on their own.

Moving to a vacation home

If your parent has been planning for their retirement for quite some time, then there’s a good chance that they might have bought a second property at some point. Perhaps they no longer want to live in the place where they have been living and working and want a more laid-back life. As such, you might want to help them think about selling their other property so that they have the funds to live to the standard that they want in their new home. Making sure that the vacation home meets their needs is important, as well, such as checking with utility prices and quality, as well as assessing the furnishings that are currently there to see if they might need to be replaced.

Moving to an independent living center

There are communities where older people can move to live together even if they’re still independent and largely able to take care of themselves. These places, such as Stiles independent living, represent a lifestyle upgrade, with access to amenities and activities that might be harder to find outside of them, not to mention taking the responsibility of managing a home off of the resident’s mind. This can include all tidying, yard work, cooking, and other responsibilities being taken care of for them. As a result, your parent can simply enjoy their retirement. This does come with a cost, however, so you need to ensure that they have the funds to be able to pay for their stay for the foreseeable.

Moving to live with you

Even if they are independent, in relatively good health, and able to care for themselves, a lot of parents do like to consider moving in with an adult child to be closer to their family, to make sure they have community, and perhaps even to be of some help. You need to seriously consider whether or not you’re willing to live with a parent. Weigh up the pros and cons, making sure that expectations are set in place, as recommended by the AARP.  You might enjoy having autonomy and want to make sure that won’t be taken away from you or want to make sure that you’re not simply living as a carer. Many grown children and their parents make this arrangement work, but it needs to work to your specific needs.

The final decision is, ultimately, your parents’, but you can do your research and find the pros and cons to weigh in with your own opinion. After all, some of the options may require your cooperation if you’re to go through with them and play a helping role.


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