Nobody is ever prepared to face the fact that their parent – or parents – are getting elderly. It is even more difficult to come to the realization that your mother or father – or both – can no longer live independently and need to either be moved into a senior residential facility or move in with you. If you do happen to move your senior mother or father in with you, you may want to consider a Vancouver storage unit. But, before we get to that, let’s take a look at how things are changing in this realm in our country.
Americans are Pre-Planning to Move Parents In
With the scary stories that we hear about residential facilities for the elderly, it is not surprising that many of us are leery about signing our parents into one. It seems that America is becoming a country of multi-generational living situations because of this issue. In fact, 44 percent of people shopping for houses say that they are interested in finding a home that would accommodate their parents, according to a John Burns Real Estate Consulting survey that was recently released. Preparation is the key to ensure that all family members are not stressed or overwhelmed when a senior is moved into the home.
Preparing Your Home
The following tips will help you, your spouse, and your children get your home prepared for your senior parent – or parents – to move in:
- Give them their own space – You may be able to adapt a couple of rooms and a bathroom in one area of your home into a suite for your parents. The best place for seniors is the ground floor, to avoid them having to use stairs to get to their area of the house.
- Be sure to declutter – More people means less space to move around in the home. Therefore, this is not enough room in the house for clutter. By decluttering, you will find that your home is more organized and comfortable for everyone living in the house. Additionally, decluttering will ensure that your senior parent does not trip and fall in cluttered areas.
- Get a storage unit for extra belongings – Getting a storage unit can help to kill two birds with one stone. Your senior parent – or parents – will likely to want to keep most of their belongings. Seniors often find it difficult to part with their belongings, and your parents will not have to if you get them a storage unit. While you are decluttering your home, if you come across items that you do not want to part with, but have no space for, you can pack those items in the storage unit, as well.
A Vancouver Storage Unit for You
Everyone is going to have to adjust to the new living situation, but it can work, especially if you pre plan for the change. At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver, we want to help you and your senior parent – or parents – enjoy a smooth transition. Contact us when you are ready to rent a Vancouver storage unit and we will do everything we can to accommodate you and your family.
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