December 13, 2010
The Home Instead Senior Care® network is committed to helping boomers and their families embrace the rewards and face the challenges of living together.
Making the Right Choice
While adjusting to his new Washington, D.C., residence, President Barack Obama clearly had a lot on his mind - including ensuring that his mother-in-law was also settling in comfortably. Like 3.6 million older parents, First Lady Michelle Obama's mother, Marion Robinson, is living with her adult children. Extended families living under one roof is a sign of the times.
But how do you decide whether living together or maintaining separate residences is the best option? The growing trend of children caring for their elderly parents has prompted Home Instead Senior Care to launch Too Close for Comfort?®, 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?
Living together can come with plenty of challenges, such as emotional stress, caregiving dilemmas, space and privacy issues and financial worries. But there are also rewards, including the closeness that can develop from having a loved one nearby. Whether you've already decided to merge households or if you're just thinking about it, now is the time to start discussing the issues.
Why Families Are Living Together
The reasons different generations decide to live together are as varied as the families themselves, but three factors often come into play:
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