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As our loved ones age, the question of where they should live becomes increasingly significant. For many families, the decision to move elderly parents into their homes is a consideration fraught with both benefits and challenges. 

This significant decision affects all family dynamics financially, emotionally, and health-wise. Moving your parents into your home can increase family bonding or family conflicts—or both.

We all love our parents, but is moving them into your home the right decision for you and the entire family?

At Florida Senior Consulting, we help with decisions like these every day.

In this article, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of this choice, shedding light on key factors to help you make a decision.

Do More Florida Seniors Live with Their Adult Children?

Yes, more Florida Seniors are living with their adult children. Florida, like the rest of the U.S., is becoming increasingly multigenerational in their living choices.

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, multigenerational living arrangements are on the rise in the United States. About 60 million residents, or 20% of the U.S. population, live in multigenerational households.  

One factor in multigenerational living is young adult children living with their parents. The other is aging seniors moving into the homes of their adult children.

Many young adults either stay longer with their parents or move back home for economic reasons. The number of seniors moving back with their adult children is also increasing, primarily due to financial, health, and socialization issues.

Why Are Seniors Moving in with Their Adult Children?

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There are five main reasons seniors move in with their adult children.

Close-knit families enjoy being together. As the adult children of senior parents, we want to ensure they are happy and safe like they did for us when we were children. We want them close, where we can take care of them.

And although they may not admit it, many seniors would relish the idea of moving in with family. Here are their top five reasons why:

  1. Healthcare Needs: Seniors may move in with their adult children to receive assistance with medical care, especially if they have health conditions that require regular monitoring or caregiving.
  2. Financial Considerations: The cost of everything seems to be skyrocketing, and this can have a major effect on fixed-income seniors. Rising costs of living, including housing, healthcare, and daily expenses, may prompt seniors to move in with their adult children to reduce financial strain and share living expenses.
  3. Desire for Companionship: Seniors may feel isolated or lonely living alone, and moving in with their adult children provides them with companionship and emotional support.
  4. Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): As seniors age, they may require help with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, or personal care. Moving in with adult children can ensure they receive the assistance they need to maintain their independence.
  5. Safety and Security: Seniors may feel safer living with their adult children, especially if they have concerns about living alone due to fall risks or security issues. Having family members nearby can provide peace of mind and additional security measures.

Advantages of Moving Elderly Parents Into Your Home

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When your senior parents move into your home, there can be wonderful advantages for the entire family.

Increased Family Bonding and Support

One primary advantage is the opportunity for increased family bonding and support. A study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that intergenerational living in the same house can enhance relationships and provide emotional support for elderly parents, adult children, and grandchildren.

Safety and Better Monitoring

Moreover, having elderly parents at home allows for enhanced caregiving and monitoring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults aged 65 and older are at higher risk for falls and other accidents. Living with adult children can provide an extra layer of assistance and supervision to help prevent such incidents.

You Can Save Money

Financial considerations also play a role. While senior assisted living is helpful and even necessary for many seniors, it is not inexpensive. Genworth Financial says the average monthly cost for assisted living in Florida is about $4,750, plus additional care. The average private room in a skilled nursing facility in Florida is over $11,000 monthly. By providing care at home, families can mitigate these expenses.

Additionally, living in a familiar environment can contribute to the emotional well-being of elderly parents. 

Increased Cognition and Health

For seniors, the comfort of being surrounded by cherished memories and familiar faces positively impacts their mental health and overall quality of life. The increased personal interactions, the ability to establish and maintain routines, and the feeling of home and belonging all positively impact a senior’s mental and physical well-being.

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What are the Disadvantages of Moving Elderly Parents Into Your Home?

We all love our parents, but here are some common disadvantages of moving them into our home.

Increased Family Conflict

One primary concern is the strain caregiving responsibilities can place on family dynamics and relationships. A study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology found that caregiving responsibilities can lead to increased tension and conflict within families.

As some seniors age, they develop cognitive issues, which often cause them frustration and a tendency to engage in more argumentative behavior. Their behavior can sometimes become less cordial and even hostile, straining family dynamics for the adult children and their children.

Physical Toll on the Adult Child Caregiver

Caring for elderly parents often requires significant time, energy, and resources, affecting caregivers’ well-being. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 53 million adults in the United States are unpaid caregivers, many of whom experience high levels of stress and burnout.

Furthermore, the physical and emotional exhaustion of caregiving can be compounded by the disruption to established routines and lifestyles. Balancing caregiving responsibilities with work, social life, and personal needs can be challenging and sometimes lead to feeling overwhelmed and isolated.

When your elderly parents live with you, there are two distinct relationships: parent-child and caregiver-patient. If your relationship becomes caregiver-patient primarily, it may be time to call in help, such as home health care or assisted living. Senior years should be about the best lifestyle, and you don’t want the parent-child relationship to be overshadowed.

The Increased Financial Burden

Sometimes, having your senior parents come live with you is a good financial decision that saves money for the family. But sometimes it does not. 

Some seniors have medical conditions that require extensive and expensive home modifications to ensure their safety and optimal health care. Some have chronic or progressive conditions or diseases that require increasing care that is difficult to provide with home health care. With increasing cognitive issues for conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia, the safety and needed care are often better provided at a specialized memory care community.

Exploring Alternative Senior Living Options

Moving elderly parents into your home is one option, but considering alternative senior living arrangements is essential. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes offer professional care and specialized services tailored to seniors’ needs.

According to the CDC, approximately 1.5 million older adults reside in nursing homes in the U.S. to receive their needed care. And millions of others choose assisted living communities for financial, health, and other reasons. 

Every family has unique circumstances and dynamics. Each senior has specific current and future medical, social, and financial needs and considerations. Bringing a senior parent into your home can be a life-rewarding and enriching experience for all family members. But before making that decision, you should consider the current and future factors.

Introducing the FSC CAPP Program

For families considering moving elderly parents into their homes, the Comprehensive Aging in Place Plan (CAPP) offered by Florida Senior Consulting provides valuable support and guidance. This personalized service offers a detailed blueprint for seniors wishing to live safely and independently in their homes or their adult children’s homes.

Through in-depth assessments and customized plans, CAPP addresses critical areas such as healthcare, home safety, social engagement, and more. By proactively identifying needs and recommendations, families can ensure a smooth transition and enhanced quality of life for their elderly parents. 

Considering Moving Your Adult Parents into Your Home?

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If you are considering moving your parents into your home, let us provide you with the information you need to make the best decision.

This is a major decision that can seem overwhelming. 

If you choose to have them live with you, the key is to prioritize their safety, comfort, and well-being and to understand the change in your family dynamics at home.

While there are undeniable advantages to living together as a multigenerational family, it’s essential to weigh these against the potential challenges and understand all alternative senior living options.

At Florida Senior Consulting, our expertise lies in guiding seniors and their families in finding the right living and care arrangements, including aging at home, moving in with their adult children, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing facilities, and more. 

Our deep understanding of Florida’s seniors’ unique needs, combined with our comprehensive services, makes us a trusted partner in your journey.

Our team is composed of certified professionals, including licensed nurse advocates, all of whom bring a wealth of experience to the table. We are proud that every member of our team is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, underscoring our commitment to providing specialized care and support for those living with dementia.

Get started now by calling (800) 969-7176 or visiting FloridaSeniorConsulting.com. We are here to help.

Senior living on your terms. The choice should be yours.

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