Having an aging parent move in with you can be a special time together, but it's important to have a plan in place

It's inevitable. Our parents are getting older, and if you are not thinking about how to care for your elderly parents now, you will at some point (or you already have).

Unfortunately for these people who took care of us, there are not a lot of options when it comes to elder care. The primary options are nursing home, staying in their home or move in with a relative. None are perfect. Although they may want to stay in their home, they may not be able to live alone safely. And while nursing homes may provide the level of care they need, the quality of homes vary and you may struggle with the thought of them living in a strange place. So that brings us to the third option, move them in with you.

Living with your senior parent can be a really special time for both of you and your family. However, according to Eve Gelb, senior vice president of SCAN Health Plan, a non-profit that's mission is keeping seniors healthy and independent, resources or support for the caregivers are not easy to find. "It's not like when someone brings home a new baby. There are no books, or celebrations for bringing home your elderly parent." But there is information if you know where to look. Below are five tips for making the transition as smooth as possible. Keep in mind that all of these factors depend on the health of your parent and how much care they need. Often times, the parent may start in better shape, but over time they will deteriorate and need additional care.



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