Tips for Moving an Older Relative into Your Home
Is an older relative moving in with you? Multi-generational families are on the rise in the U.S. Households consisting of at least three generations accounted for 4 percent of families in 2010, according to the U.S. Census. That number was up from 3.7 percent in 2000.
There are many reasons why people choose to live in extended-families. For instance, as parents age, they may need help. Having everyone under the same roof makes it easier for families to care for one another. If you have children, you know they love the attention of a grandparent. For the older person, living with a younger family can give them a sense of belonging.
Communication Is Key
When your parent moves in, there are ways to make the transition smooth. Speak with everyone in the family about the change. Emphasize positive aspects of having grandparents in the home. Make sure children understand what to expect. Be frank about how everyone needs to cooperate as the household grows. Speak with your parent or relative well in advance of the move. If they have their own home, it may take time to get used to the idea of moving into yours.
A Room of Their Own
Ideally, your relative will have their own room or separate quarters. Make that room or suite feel like home by decorating it with furniture from their old house. In common areas, such as the family room, include your parent by setting aside a space just for them. A comfortable easy chair, end table and lamp tucked in a cozy corner is ideal.
Getting Ready for the Move
The biggest part of the move will be packing your parent’s belongings. Start working on this task well in advance. Part of the process may include downsizing. Help your relative sort through their belongings, making decisions of what to bring, what to give away or sell and what to store. Be prepared for some emotions during packing, both for yourself and your parent.
Let Us Help
Now it’s time to start packing! Master Movers can make this part of the move easy. We have the manpower and materials to safely transport a lifetime’s worth of belongings. We’ll carefully wrap furniture and pack your boxes before either moving it to your home or to temperature-controlled storage. Your family member will feel reassured when they learn how hard we work to ensure their belongings are secure.