When we bought our house several years ago, it was with the intention of it being a “starter house”, one that we would live in for a few years until we could afford to build our dream home. Circumstances changed and we quickly realized this small house built for a small family was going to be our forever home. At the time we were a simple family of three, soon to be four. Our family was almost complete. Then the unthinkable happened, life surprised us with baby number 3. Now our three bedroom ranch is a bit crowded with our daughters sharing a room and our son with his own. It’s tight, but it works … for now.
I say for now because there will come a day when we may have to make room for one more. Not another child of course, but a parent, specifically, my mom. For the time being, I don’t have to worry. She’s a tough lady in decent health and still works, but I’m not naive. I know there will come a day that she’ll need daily assistance and I’ll have to convince my mom to move closer or even into my own home.
Caregiving for children is drastically different than caregiving for an older adult that once use to change your diapers! That’s why I’m taking the time to learn about the responsibilities I might face and how to handle the changes. Genworth offers a great resource that explains 7 things you need to know about caring for loved ones.
The topic that stands out for me the most is “No Place Like Home”. There’s no doubt in my mind that I would open my home to my mother but will she be receptive? Will we need to make our entrance wheel chair accessible? Will there be a room for her to call her own? So many questions and so few answers. When we bought this house, it never crossed my mind that it could one day be home to a parent. But now I have to seriously consider how to make room for one more.
Ways We’re Considering Expanding Space
- convert the garage to a living space
- build an addition to the house
- buy a larger home
- move children to one bedroom
I’d love to know … do you care for a loved one in your home? Is your home ready for the possibility of another family member joining the shared space? How do you plan on making room for one more?
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