All across America, grown adults are making moves that are opposite to the ones they dreamed about growing up – living with their parents again. In many cases, it’s a necessity. Elderly parents who need the assistance from their children often have to move into their children’s homes. Needless to say, this can sometimes present uncomfortable situations for all parties involved.
Often, it feels as if there’s simply not enough space within the house for all of its inhabitants. And, other times, it may just be difficult to get along with all the members of the household. First things first – it’s important to make sure that the new living arrangement will be beneficial for everyone in the family.
Think of The Children
The writers at Elizz.com explain that moving elderly loved ones who require constant care within the home can be especially challenging for children. They note that the new living arrangement requires kids to adjust to new routines. The writers recommend having open and honest conversations with them.
“Talk to your children about how they are feeling, and reassure them,” they advise, “Focus on how the kids can be involved so that they don’t feel left out. Younger children can make crafts with their grandparents, and watch the young children play will be great for your parent’s well-being. Teens can help prepare meals or drive to appointments. Communication is the key to making sure everyone feels included and knows how and when they can help out.”
Remember that You Could Use Some Help as Well
Just because you’re taking over the role of caregiver, it doesn’t make you a professional in the field of healthcare. Taking care of your elderly parent is a tough job that often requires more time than most adults have been available. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. On Caring.com, Mard Naman advises caregivers to know their limits.
“If the person needs help with bathing, dressing, or going to the bathroom, are you comfortable helping?” he asks, “If he’s incontinent and the idea of changing a diaper makes you uncomfortable; you may need to find an in-home aide. On the other hand, maybe he’s just becoming more forgetful, and you’re really good at organizing his medications and helping him make sure to take them.”
How Can Shower Bay Help with Your New Living Arrangements?
At Forward Day, we’re so very proud to offer a solution to the new “living with my elderly parent” situation. We know that when it comes to bathing, it can be both a touchy subject and a difficult situation. Our Shower Bay portable showers make it so that wheelchair-bound parents don’t have to worry about climbing the steps in order to get to an upstairs bathroom.
The Shower Bay can be easily snapped together in any room of the home where a faucet is nearby. Moreover, it enables users to move their shower wheelchairs in and out of the portable showers with ease. Shower Bay also allows for privacy and the satisfying feeling of getting a full bathing experience with a running shower.
If you have any questions about our Shower Bay portable showers and how they can make the transition to living with your elderly loved one easier, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them! Give us a call at 1-877-223-8999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.