Houston families are joining the national trends as they invite their aging parents to move into the family home — making their home a multi-generational household.
And, according to reports from the 2010 U.S. Census and a study by the Pew Research Center, more Americans are sharing a multi-generational home than ever before. Approximately 1 in 6 Americans live in a household with multiple generations — 30 percent more than reported in 2000.
In addition to the uncertainty of today’s economy, seniors report that they opt for at-home care for the following reasons:
1. Shared caregiving duties
2. Physical and emotional support offered by the extended family.
3. Financial security
From the family caregiver’s perspective, the following reasons for asking Mom or Dad to move in with the family are recounted:
1. Adult children believe that their own home is the best place to provide the best possible care for their parents.
2. Family caregivers find the hands-on care of their loved one to be a rewarding experience.
3. Family caregivers find a sense of accomplishment in providing care for a loved one.
4. Families report that closer relationships are established in a multi-generational household.
For a more in-depth look at multi-generational living, please view this initial video in a five-part series on various caregiving topics such as emotional issues, sibling conversations, and home safety issues.
If you have a personal story to relate about your multi-generational household, please share your account with our readers.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.