His 0987 Too Close For Comfort


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Should mom move in with us? Home Instead Senior Care offers a web site www.makewayformom.com that has cost comparison calculators and other useful tools.

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His 0987 Too Close For Comfort

  1. 1. Helping Families Make the Mostof Living Together<br />
  2. 2. A Growing National Trend<br />According to a recent survey conducted for Home Instead Senior Care, 43 percent of adult caregivers in the U.S. live with the person they’re caring for.1  <br />The Census Bureau confirms this trend: A roughly 60 percent increase in seniors living with their adult children between 2000 and 2007.2-3<br />Sources:<br />1. Survey Methodology:The Boomer Project (www.boomerproject.com) completed online interviews with 1,279 U.S. adult caregivers, ages 35-62, with a parent, step parent or older relative who they or someone in their household cares for. Of the 1,279 family caregivers interviewed, 548 live with the senior receiving care. <br />2. U.S. Census Bureau; online at http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_P027&-format=&-CONTEXT=dt<br />3. U.S. Census Bureau; online at http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-ds_name=ACS_2007_1YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-mt_name=ACS_2007_1YR_G2000_B09016&-format=&-CONTEXT=dt<br />
  3. 3. Factors Driving the Trend<br />Following are the factors driving this trend:  <br />Families may be required to share caregiving duties.<br />Seniors feel the need for physical or emotional support if they lose a spouse, experience health issues or have problems maintaining their property.<br />The economy is affecting the financial outlook of seniors living on fixed incomes. <br />
  4. 4. A Public Education Campaign <br />This campaign will help adult children begin to address issues of living under one roof. Our experts: <br />Matthew Kaplan, a Penn State Intergenerational Programs extension specialist <br />Adriane Berg, a boomer consultant and author <br />Dan Bawden, founder of the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialists) program for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)<br />
  5. 5. Valuable Resources<br />A guide of tips on the emotional, physical and financial aspects of intergenerational living  <br />A Web site (www.makewayformom.com) provides additional support and information including a calculator  <br />A virtual tour of an intergenerational home<br />
  6. 6. Important Questions<br />The issues of caregiving are at the heart of whether families should decide to move in together, according to our expert from Penn State. <br />Do we have the resources in terms of time andknow how? <br />What contributions can family members make in caring and supporting others? Go over the options and discuss the pros and cons. <br />Ask yourself, “Can I get the whole family behind the idea?” When a decision to combine families is made, expectations should be discussed and negotiatedright away.<br />
  7. 7. Tips for Families<br />Take a family partnership perspective <br />Set expectations right away  <br />Ask for help <br />Make family unity key <br />
  8. 8. Tips for Families (continued)<br />Find threads of common interest to build a bridge between the generations  <br />Keep lines of communication open  <br />Distinguish between private space and shared space <br />
  9. 9. Safe Haven or Parent Trap?<br />Lower the peephole  <br />Install outside shelves  <br />Combine kitchen faucet and hose  <br />Install commercial carpet <br />Create attic storage<br />
  10. 10. Financial Freedom or Household Headaches?<br />Compute the costs  <br />Share but beware <br />Keep money separate <br />Consider caregiving costs <br />What about deductions? <br />
  11. 11. If you’d like to learn more about our services, or if you’re interested in employment as a Home Instead CAREGiverSM, please contact my office – a local, independently owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care® franchise.<br />Questions and Answers<br />