Multi-generational Living

  • Multigenerational Living: The Ins and Outs of In-law Suites

    An in-law suite can provide safety and support for older family members while preserving everyone's privacy. A multigenerational household may seem convenient, but there are many factors to consider before moving to a larger home or building an addition.

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  • This Is What Happened When My Parents Moved In

    Eleven years have passed since my parents moved in with my husband and me. What I didn’t anticipate was that opening up our home to my mom and dad would, in a sense, shut the door to our refuge.

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  • Helpful Home Modifications: Finishing Our Basement for Dad

    A caregiver shares the adjustments and renovations she made to prepare her home for her elderly father-in-law to move in.

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  • Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home: Tips & Strategies

    When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some families make the decision to care for them at home. Incorporate these caregiving tips and strategies into your daily routine.

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  • Should Your Elderly Loved One Move in with You?

    Moving an aging parent in with you can be complicated. A realistic approach toward multi-generational living will help you determine how living with an elder will affect the entire family dynamic.

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  • 3 Types of Adult Day Care

    Adult day care centers give caregivers a break from around-the-clock care and provide peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands. There are varying levels of adult day care that cater to seniors’ specific needs.

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  • Caregiving Decisions Can Be Heartbreaking

    Since my husband's hospitalization, the amount of care he requires has become overwhelming. Providing home care myself is no longer a viable option, and deciding what path to pursue next was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.

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  • The Sandwich Generation Faces Increasing Levels of Caregiver Burden

    Members of the sandwich generation care for a combination of young kids, aging parents, adult children, grandparents and even grandchildren. Their situations may vary, but the one thing these caregivers have in common is their need for more support.

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  • 5 Common Myths About Adult Day Care Centers

    Common criticisms of adult day care stem from misdirected comparisons to babysitting and institutional care. Most modern senior centers are working to dispel these myths by refining their services and encouraging seniors’ independence.

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  • How to Choose an Adult Day Care Center

    Use this checklist to guide you in your search for an adult day care center that best fits your aging loved one’s needs and your own need for respite care.

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  • Mixed Feelings in Children who Contribute to Caregiving

    Family caregivers have to deal with a variety of different emotions. Both child and adult caregivers may move between positive and painful emotions as they progress along their caregiving journey.

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  • Caregiving in a Multi-Generational Household

    Busy adult caregivers may unintentionally place caregiving responsibilities on the shoulders of children who are unprepared to handle them.

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  • Mom or Dad: Who Would You Rather Live With?

    A recent survey sheds light on which parent adult children would choose to live with, and why. 76% preferred one parent over the other--who was it?

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  • Empty Nester No More: Boomers Brace for Parental Tenants

    The number of multi-generational households is likely to double over the next few years, according to a recent report. Adult children often struggle when deciding whether their elderly parent(s) should move in with them.

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  • Do Parents Really Want to Live with Their Adult Children?

    It is a common belief that seniors would prefer to move in with their children as their needs grow. However, the challenges of multigenerational living make the decision to live with an adult child's family difficult for all involved.

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  • Should I stay with my parent on their first day at adult day care?

    Staying with your mom for a while the first time you drop her off at adult day care is a good idea and might help ease the transition.

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  • Respite Care Options for Dementia Caregivers Who Need a Vacation

    There are a few different types of “vacation care” for the elderly. Finding the right temporary care depends on a senior’s mental and physical health, whether any other care team members are willing to lend a hand, and the budget for respite care.

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  • Caring for mom with a full time job: Is adult day care a good idea?

    My elderly mother lives with me. I work full-time and am not home during the day, but I don't think she's safe when she stays alone. Should we look into adult day care?

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  • Living with Elderly Parents: Do You Regret the Decision?

    Regardless of who moves in with whom, living with aging parents is a serious decision that affects family relationships, careers, finances, and the physical and mental health of all members in the household.

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  • Mom’s Moving In: How to Adapt Your Home for an Elderly Parent

    Deciding to move your elderly parent in with you is a choice that will significantly alter life as you know it. Consider these tips for adapting your home to create a safe and successful multi-generational living arrangement.

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