Let’s view a list of things to consider: blue print images of rooms
The first step is a simple review of the space needed… adequate space can be the most valuable asset in providing a comfortable and safe environment. Are you able to offer adequate living space for your parent and your family?
If you compromise on your living space, in time this may become a stressful situation for everyone. You will need to consider options for space needs with the addition of medical devices and movement, changing conventional furniture to provide the safe and comfortable environment needed for both you and your parent. You also need to consider the type of care required today and possibly to come.
When or if the care needs increase, you may need to consider contacting and arranging for home health care, 24/7 caregiving, Palliative, or Hospice care. What is the condition of the room(s), flooring, walls, and door widths? Will your parent be mobile (walking), need a walker, or eventually need a wheelchair? What type of window treatment do you need for their privacy and viewing the outside world?
It’s important for many to see what is happening outside, so a view is a necessary consideration. What type of hobbies or interests do they have that they may want to continue?
Is there adequate storage, access, shelving or closet space easily available? What items/memorabilia from their current living environment should or need to be displayed, to help ease the transition? How and where can they be displayed?
Legal issues: do you have a medical power of attorney for their healthcare?
Do they have a current medical directive?
Is dementia/Alzheimers one of the conditions?
Do you need to consider motion control or monitoring and bodily harm issues?
Is your parent diabetic?
Do they require blood (finger stick) monitoring and injections?
Are you able to assist?
Regarding access to health care, how close will their doctor be?
How frequently will you need to transport them for lab work and other health care needs like a dentist, physical therapy and possibly a hospital?
Additional transport needs may be for hearing aid adjustments, glasses and mobility support aids. Wireless devices (phone, lighting, alarm(s), iPad, door openers) can really help make the transition easy and convenient for both of you.
You may need to consider meal modifications based on diet or nutritional needs. Meal times and types of snacks all may have to be modified. Socially they should have access to friends, new and old. They should have a sitting area for entertaining. Home environmental conditions may need to be modified – increased temperature and monitoring for breezes should be considered.