Are your parents elderly? Has one of your parents recently died? If so, you may have good reason to want to move house so that you can live close to your elderly parent(s). What are some of the advantages of living close to elderly parents?
Parents Can Remain in Their Own Home for Longer
Many elderly homeowners are reluctant to give up their independence and move into a residential home. With such a move, much of their dignity and decision making capabilities are taken away from them as others take over the roles they once took for granted. However, if you live close to your elderly parent(s) you can help to support them to stay in their own home for as long as possible.
This can include preparing meals, providing help with personal care, shopping or even companionship when they are feeling down and in need of a chat.
Maintain Close Family Ties
Although family members do not need to live next door in order to maintain close family ties, it is easier to stay close as a family if you live close by your parent(s). You do not have to worry about expensive air fares, train or busy tickets whenever you want to visit and your parent(s) can also save money in visiting you by stopping by if they want to say hello.
Grandchildren also get to benefit from seeing their grandparents more often if they live close by rather than the other end of the country or continent. Some even offer childcare for grandchildren on a regular basis to help offset the cost of childcare for working parents, which is another way to forge close family ties that will build loving, lasting memories.
Young couples are not the only ones who are struggling financially. Elderly parents are also feeling the pinch. Many find it a challenge to keep within a limited, fixed monthly income. Living close to elderly parents can help if you are able to share some expenses with your parents, such as shopping expenses, which can be divided, saving everyone money, to other expenses such as fuel costs.
There are many benefits and advantages to living close to elderly parents, most of which are linked to maintaining the independence of elderly parents and enjoying closer family ties. If your parents are growing elderly, but would like to stay in their own home, there is no need to pressure them to give up their home and move into a care home facility. With some family planning and discussion, it is possible for elderly parents to stay in their own home and to enjoy a number of benefits.
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