Houston’s Baby Boomers are no exception when it comes to getting creative in taking care of Mom or Dad. The move toward multi-generational households extends from inside the Loop to sprawling suburban neighborhoods. Family caregivers are getting creative in carving a space for their loved ones amid the hectic pace of raising a growing family.
The following video examines seven planning points that will help you prepare for the emotional aspects of multi-generational living.
Seniors and their loved ones state that one reason they seek a multi-generational household is for the emotional support that the living arrangement can offer.
However, any change in an existing family dynamic can lead to conflict. Therefore, as seen in this video, planning ahead and discussing the living arrangements may help with resolving potential conflicts:
1. Seek a total family partnership from all members and ask their perspective on the new living arrangement.
2. Set expectations from the beginning.
3. Ask for caregiving help from children and adult siblings.
4. Build family unit through shared traditions and routines.
5. Build common interests through shared activities such as ethnic foods, gardening, family history or hobbies.
6. Keep communication strong by utilizing tools such as 4070talk.com.
7. Carefully define private and shared spaces in the home.
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