Welcome to Bringing Parents Home. We are here to help you with the transition of bringing your elderly parents into your home.
A resource for caregivers & families

Author: Joan Shelley

Technology & New Product Reviews

An iPad for Grandma

With today’s technology and electronic devices (iPads, tablets, smart phones), there is no reason for any aging parent to be bored, out of touch with family members, or to feel isolated and alone.  Some people have reservations about teaching technology to older generations.  Hopefully, after…
Home Improvement

Vehicle Safety

When transporting parents you will have to consider a few issues with the vehicle. Does the door open wide and have hand support areas easily accessible? Is the seat height at the right level to make entering and exiting easy and convenient? Is there a…
Home Improvement

Living Room Safety

Seating A parent's chair will be used frequently and for long periods of time. Therefore, it is essential that it fits them comfortably and securely. If your parent is short in stature you will need to look at the depth of the seat and make…
Home Improvement

Hallways & Entrances

In most homes and situations there are hallways that are too narrow for individuals who use a walking aid, or who need your assistance to walk. Railings are a very helpful aid, but you need to tailor them to the need. Railings on one side…
Home Improvement

Bedroom Preparation

The two functions of the bedroom are sleeping and dressing. As simple as these functions are, there is much to consider in making them safe and convenient. A dressing area needs to have space for getting dressed. The more movement limitations your parent has, the…
Home Improvement

Bathroom Preparation

Bathroom doorknob vs. lever: the first consideration in safety is the ease of the elderly parent getting in and out of any room, and using a lever vs. a knob to open the door is one small but very important change you can make. It’s…
Companion Animals

The value of pets for our elders

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial dynamic relationship between people and their pets that positively influences the health and well-being of both. Pets owners have been shown to have higher survival rates following heart attacks as well as lower rates of cardiac disease.  People…
Family & Culture

Caregiver Preparation

Depending on the condition of your parent, you may be able to leave for work as you normally do or you may need to be available at intervals to provide care and support. Caring for an elderly parent is not as easy as caring for a child.…
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