It’s a trend that’s sweeping the nation, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street USA. When President Obama’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, settled in with her family in Washington earlier this year, they became part of a growing national trend.
The increasing number of seniors now living under the same roof with at least one other generation is more than just political news. According to a recent survey conducted for the international caregiving company Home Instead Senior Care, 43 percent of adult caregivers in the U.S. ages 35 to 62 live with the parent, stepparent or older relative for whom they or someone else in their household provides care.
That’s why it’s important that home is a safe haven for older adults and not a parent trap.
According to the Home Safety Council, which observes Home Safety Month in June, falls are among the leading causes of home injuries. “What’s more, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that one in every three Americans older than 65 experiences a fall, making it the leading cause of injuries to seniors,” said Home Instead Senior Care Co-Founder and CEO Paul Hogan. “So that’s a notable statistic for anyone who is living with a senior loved one.”
Adult children who move a senior into their home, or who move into a senior’s home, should ensure that their loved ones are safe by conducting a physical inventory with an eye toward safety and comfort, according to Dan Bawden CGR, CAPS, GMB, owner of Legal Eagle Contractors in Houston and the founder of the Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) program for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bawden worked with Home Instead Senior Care to offer these suggestions for quick fixes and affordable remodeling projects to help make a home safer if you’re living with a senior: