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Too Close for Comfort?

The growing trend of children caring for their elderly parents has prompted Home Instead SeniorCare® to launch Too Close for Comfort SM a public education campaign to guide families to the right choices for them. These pages and the resources they contain will help adult children and their senior loved ones answer the question: Should we or shouldn't we live together?

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Your Place or Mine?

Are you contemplating moving several generations under one roof? If you're already living the intergenerational life, perhaps your family has encountered a few challenges. Regardless of the situation, you or your senior loved ones probably have many questions. What do you need to ask?

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Emotional Issues

Independent research sheds new light on the growing population of family caregivers who are choosing to live with and provide care for a parent, stepparent or older relative. One of the factors driving this trend is the need for emotional support. View the research and tips to help your family coop.

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Seven Tips for Happier Families

Tips for the multi-generational family to keep the mood a happy one.

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Comfort and Safety

Most people don't think about the hazards a typical home can hold for an older adult, but the dangers can become frighteningly evident after a senior moves in. Review the typical concerns that arise and effective simple fixes.

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Intergenerational Virtual Home Tour

While many families pass recipes, heirlooms or stories on to their loved ones, the Gleason-Fear family's most notable legacy is one of compassionate senior care. Share the story of Marion and Dale's Home.

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Financial Affairs

Balancing the financial affairs of a multigenerational household should be approached in much the same way as a college roommate arrangement. Learn ways to keep your senior in control of their finances and sharing the house hold costs fairly.

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Useful Agreements

If you've combined households or if you're considering such a plan, there are several types of agreements that may benefit you and your family.

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Additional Resources

Online is often a good place to begin looking for help with senior-care issues. Here is a list of 15 resources and experts you may find useful.

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Too Close for Comfort? Calculator

Whether your senior loved one should live with you or stay in his or her own home is an emotionally charged decision. But it's important to understand both the financial and emotional impact, as well as some of the options available to you. Use this tool to help you see the financial impact of either move.

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