Considerations When Caring for a Family Member in Your Own Home

There are emotional, physical and practical considerations to consider when looking at the possibilities for caring for a family member in your own home. The family member may be a child who needs full time support due to a physical or mental condition or may be a parent who needs more support as they age.

Moving a family member into your home is not the ideal solution for every family. Remember that a parent gave you love and support when you were younger and unable to care for yourself. It can be a good experience for your own children to see what is involved in caring for their grandparents. The time will come when they will need to have similar discussions with you in the future.

Moving in an extra family member or indeed more than one will have implications for your home and lifestyle. You will need to consider their health now and expectations for likely decreased mobility in the future. If you have more than one storey in your home, do you need to move or simply convert a downstairs room into their living space. Many New Zealand homes have sleepouts or garages that can easily be converted to accommodate extra living space including a small kitchen and bathroom area.

Questions to ask yourself before moving in a family member who needs care?

- Is your home accessible for wheelchairs or walking frames? 

- Are there steps to access your entryways? 

- Is there parking for ease of access with a mobility vehicle? 

- Do you have a room/space on the ground floor to give them privacy? 

- Can your bathroom have modifications made to allow for mobility access? 

- Will you need to install a ramp? 

- Do you have a good relationship with this family member? 

- Will you need to reduce your work hours to care for them? 

- Will you have space for a hospital sized bed or additional medical equipment should they become necessary? 

- Will your children need to give up some space and share a room?

Really important to consider is your relationship with the family member? If you always argue or disagree on many topics then a permanent co-living option may not be the best solution. Alternatives include: assisted living flats on an estate with other elderly persons with a caretaker; or if unable to care for themselves a full-time care home with 24 hour staff support. 

The emotional health of your family is as important as the well-being of the family member you are considering caring for. Failing health both physically and mentally must be taken into consideration when you make your decision as dementia or Alzheimer's or personal care can be very stressful to deal with full-time.

Advantages to having a family member move in with you:

- You get to oversee their care and ensure they are well fed, have company, receive attention and love. 

- You can ease financial stress for them and assist with taking care of their affairs 

- You won't have to travel to care for them 

- You will not have to pay expensive fees for their care (indeed you may receive a carer's benefit) 

- You can enjoy precious time with your parent and your children with their grandparent(s)

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