Have you just recently decided that it’s better for your parents to come stay with you, keeping in mind their old age? A lot of children take this step, because they understand that old age is a time when parents need maximum care and attention. Moreover, one needs to be around them all the time to take care of emergency situations.
However, before you welcome them to your home, where possibly your spouse and kids stay as well, you need to do some important checks.
Is your home close to hospitals and medical shops? Does the nearby hospital have the facility to provide an ambulance to your residence, in case of an emergency? This is important to know, so that your parents can get timely aid when emergency comes knocking at your door. Otherwise, maybe welcoming them home is not such a good idea, and you could probably consider shifting to their house.
Space and Peace checks
This basically means that your house should be big enough to accommodate your parents comfortably. They should have a room to themselves with their own privacy. At the same time, it needs to be a room away from your children’s room, so that the kids don’t hamper their peace with constant noise and running around.
If everything seems to work out fine, and your parents are coming in for sure, then you need to realize that older people don’t survive on the kind of food that younger people do. They need a special supply of foods, which is recommended to them by their doctors. You need to have this stock brought in much before they arrive, so that they can start living comfortably from the minute they are in.
Like children, old people too tend to catch infections very easily, and it’s important for them to be in a safe and healthy environment, free of dirt, dust, bugs, pests and termite. If need be, run an extensive pest or termite treatment before they arrive to ensure that the house is clean and sanitized for their welcome.
If even one of your parents is on the wheelchair, he/she might need to take it inside the bathroom at times. For that, you might have to get the doors to the bathroom (in the whole house, for that matter) resized. You might also have to get a ramp built outside the main entrance to the house for the wheelchair to be dragged out easily. Plus, things need to be at a height at which they can access them without climbing on ladders and stools. So you might have to get some extra shelves built as well.
So do all of these checks much before you decide to welcome them home. After all, you are calling them home so that they can be near to you, and you can take care of them. That would only make sense if you add convenience to their life, so that they can have a peaceful stay.
This article is submitted by Chase Cullen. He is a freelance writer who shares his knowledge about home improvement through his article. He recommends an Atlanta-based extermination company to people whose house is inflicted by bugs, pest and termites.