The different stages of life are many – young adult, newly marrieds, growing families, middle age and beyond – and it’s astonishing how quickly we pass from one stage to the next. In her book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin wrote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” So true!
Before we know it, we find ourselves in the phase of life where we are contributing to the care of our elderly parents. Sometimes this means moving one or both of them into our home, and that can create some challenges, especially with space.
Here are some things you’ll need to consider.
Does your house have an extra bedroom? Is it one your parent can easily access, especially if they have mobility or health issues and require assistance or equipment such as a wheelchair? Will the room provide the privacy they need?
How about the shared living area? Is there enough seating and capacity to accommodate additional full-time residents and the things they use in their daily lives? You don’t want to feel crowded in your own home, and you also don’t want your parent to feel like they are in the way.
What is your home’s design concept? Is it an open floorplan or a more traditional layout? Do doorways, hallways and furniture placement allow for medical support equipment that may become necessary, with adequate maneuverability? Are your entryways safe and accessible? If your parent struggles with stairs, can their bedroom be situated on the first floor?
How about storage areas? Your parents have a lifetime of memories and personal belongings. Even if they get a storage unit or have an estate sale, is there significant closet and storage space for the things they’ll want to have on hand? Just the basics like clothes for Michigan’s constantly changing seasons, coats, toiletries, books or supplies for hobbies, and groceries will take up considerable space. If they are still driving, is there room for their vehicle on your property?
It’s a lot to think about! Perhaps you’ve planned for this and have the room, so it’s not a concern. Perhaps not.
Mitten Made Properties can help. We can buy your Metro Detroit house as-is, for cash, so you can find a more spacious home to meet your family’s changing needs. And with our ability to close in as little as two weeks, you can make the transition on your timeline.
Give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340 to explore your options. We’re ready when you are.