Moving parents in with you
When the folks move in
Multigenerational households are becoming more common -- and it's not just unemployed adult children moving in with baby boomer parents. Longer lifespans and rising health care costs are bringing more aging parents into their children's spare rooms.
According to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, from 2000 to 2007, the number of parents living with their adult kids rose from 2.2 million to 3.6 million -- an increase of 64 percent.
When contemplating moving parents in with you, the impulse is often to welcome mom or dad with open arms and little thought of consequences. Experts on geriatric care suggest a more cautious approach. It's a life-changing step for the parent as well as the caregiving child, the household and the extended family, they say, and everyone needs to understand what's involved.