They call it a Silver Tsunami, and have no doubt about it – the waves are headed directly for us. As our parents and grandparents get older, many of them will, for a variety of reasons, no longer be able to live alone.
Sometimes the issue is health related. “My Mother has always had diabetes but lately it’s gotten a lot harder for her to manage her blood sugar effectively,” Margie said. “She’s fallen, a couple of times. I’m scared of what will happen if she has a problem when she’s all on her own.” Margie had her Waban building contractor add a room to her home so she’d be better able to support her mother through her diabetes.
Other times, the reason parents need housing is financial. “Mom and Dad were among the countless people who were hurt by what Bernie Madoff did,” Stan said. “They had every reason to believe in a secure retirement, but that’s gone now. We’ve had to take them in with us.” Stan has a large family and a home business: finding space for his parents mean finishing the basement.
In other instances, bringing your parents to live with you may simply be to make childcare easier and allow your little ones to grow up with access to their grandparents.
If you’re in a similar situation, and you’re trying to figure out how to best accommodate your parents in your home, talk to your Waban building contractor. Family harmony is best promoted when everyone has a distinct, private space of their own. This may be as simple as adding a room, or as complex as adding a second story addition to your home. Finishing the basement, converting the garage, and other innovative solutions from your Waban building contractor keep your home looking great and your entire family happy. Contact us to learn more!