Aging Parent Moving In? Here's How To Give Them The Independence And Privacy They Deserve

While your aging parent may need some help maintaining a high quality of life, it can be tough for them to let go of some of the independence they've been used to having throughout their adulthood. When your parent moves in with you, they'll need to feel productive and capable to keep their confidence up.

Otherwise, you might find that they withdraw from their daily lives and show signs of depression as they transition into your household. Luckily, you can make your parent's experience a positive one by giving them the independence and privacy they need. Here are some awesome options to consider:

Set Up an Efficiency Space

A great way to ensure that your parent feels like they have their own personal living quarters where they can do what they please without feeling like they're impeding on your lifestyle is to set their room up like an efficiency studio apartment. This can be done first by installing a lock on the door so your parent knows they can have complete privacy when they want it – although there should be an agreement that the door remains unlocked while sleeping just in case of an emergency.

Set the bed up against the wall and put some pillows along the back so it can be used as a couch during the day. Install floating shelves on the wall to create a mini kitchen by putting a small coffee maker and microwave on them. Put a mini fridge under the shelves and your parent can make their own coffee, toast, and snacks without every having to leave their personal space.

Invest in a Lift Chair

A lift chair looks and performs like a recliner but is designed for those who have trouble going from a sitting to a standing position on their own. If your parent has arthritis, muscle problems, or simply has a hard time getting up, consider investing in a lift chair for them to enjoy while spending time in the living room with you and your family. This will allow them to function on their own without having to ask for a hand every time they want to head to the kitchen or restroom.

When choosing a lift chair, consider one that features infinite positions so your parent can sit upright while using the foot rest. Make sure that the chair is small enough that your parent's feet can touch the ground while they're fully relaxed in the seat, otherwise the lifting function of the chair won't provide much support for transitioning to a standing position. You can visit to learn more about your options. 

Ask for a Little Assistance

Just because your parent is getting older and needs a little help in their everyday lives does not mean that they can't feel useful around the house. An effective way to create some independence for your parent and to make them feel like they're an active part of the household is to ask for a little assistance on a regular basis. Folding laundry, dusting side and end tables, making a salad to go with dinner, and reading the kids a bedtime story are all low impact activities your parent will more than likely be happy to accomplish with the help of your encouragement.

Put Together a Social Group

Your parent can get pretty lonely after leaving their old house and friends behind, so it's important to provide them with a new social life to take advantage of. You can do this by talking to neighbors in your community who also have live-in parents and setting up a social group for the parents by taking turns hosting tea parties, movie events, and game days at each others' houses on a regular basis. Alternatively, you can contact your local YMCA and elderly support groups to find activities in your area that your parent may be interested in attending.

These tips and tricks will make your parent feel like they still have some control over their life and will help ensure that they're not missing out on the social aspects of their lifestyle.