Talking with Family Members
While many adult children find the experience of providing support and care for their aging parents one of life’s most rewarding experiences, living with a parent often leads to a change in familiar roles. Open and honest discussion with your parent and other family members is an essential first step before remodeling. You and your parent probably have very different lifestyles, including variations in sleeping schedules, eating patterns and daily activities, all of which are important considerations when deciding where and how to remodel. If you still have children at home, their needs for your living space should be carefully balanced with the changes a home addition will bring.
Physical living arrangements must be safe and comfortable for your parent, so it is important to have an accurate assessment of their current and future capabilities and needs. Spaces that are adaptable to changing mobility, vision and hearing are essential.
Above all, communication is crucial for a smooth transition. While the subject matter may sometimes be emotional, the result will be more pleasant for all if family meetings with candid discussions are held before remodeling begins.