When it’s time to leave home: information for caregivers

Article from National Institute on Aging at NIH

Deciding whether an aging parent or relative needs to leave their home can be difficult and emotional for many families.

People want to do what’s best for their loved ones. But what’s best will depend on many factors, including the level of care needed, financial resources, and personal preference.

Housing options might include:

  • Staying in their current home with extra assistance, or moving to a smaller home. This allows parents and aging relatives to stay in communities and with doctors that are familiar to them.
  • Moving to an assisted-living facility or a long-term care facility. These types of facilities provide varying levels of support and amenities. Try to learn as much as you can about possible housing options.
  • Moving in with a family member, or having a family member move in with them. Some families decide this arrangement is right for them. Experts advise families to think carefully before moving an aging adult into an adult child’s home. Ask yourself questions about whether there is space in your home, what kinds of services are available in your community, and whether there is someone who can be with your parent during the day.

Learn more about different types of out-of-home care or get information about local options by contacting the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free) or by visiting http://www.eldercare.gov

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