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How to Take the Stress Out Of Moving an Elderly Parent in

When a parent becomes too old to care of themselves, it can be a difficult time moving them into a retirement home. Children are met with resistance from their parents and finding the appropriate home can be tiresome task. If you feel you’re lost in this process, follow the tips below to get both your lives back on track.

Affiliated Sections
If you’re moving your parent into a retirement home, make sure to find a home with an affiliated section if your parent’s condition gets worse. You don’t want to have to go through the process of finding a new nursing home and moving your parent again because their current residence doesn’t provide the needed amenities.

Home Care
Hiring a qualified person to stay with your parent can be one of the best options when the time comes. You won’t have to move, sell items, or go through the frustrating task of convincing your parent that you need to move them away from their home. It’s always a good idea to talk to a variety of different caregivers and see which one your parent prefers. Having someone that your parent dislikes only causes more trouble down the road.

Planning Ahead
Moving your parent at the last second is enough to send your anxiety through the roof. That’s why it’s so essential to plan ahead and know what the next step is going to be. This gives you time to sort through items, find the perfect home, and get time off from work to help with the move.

Talk to Your Parent
Not many want to move away from their home into a place they know little about. Talking to your parent about the move and getting them used to the idea of moving into a retirement home will keep the resistance at a minimum. If possible, you may even want to bring your parent to the place that may be their new home. Many centers like Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care offer visits for qualifying patients. This way your parent can tell you what they like and don’t like about a certain home, or why they prefer the other options.

After your parent has moved into their new home, make time to visit them. It doesn’t have to be every day, but a day or two a week should suffice. This helps your parent settle in to their new residence, and gives you the peace of mind that they’re being taken care of.

Remember that this process may take some time. Your parent needs to be satisfied with the idea of moving, and you need to take the time to arrange everything. As stated earlier, planning ahead and knowing what needs to be done ahead of time will make a huge difference in the stress level of you and your parent.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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