Do you have an elderly loved one in need of extra care? If so, you’re likely facing the tough decision whether to care for them yourself at home. To aid in your decision-making, Tom Bills of In-LawSuite.com has shared some of the pros and cons of caring for a loved one at home, with particular regard to physical accessibility and comfort levels in the home.
If you are going to allow a loved one to live in your home, you may need to do some remodeling work to help that person out. This may mean that contractors or other third-parties may have access to your home during the day. When they are gone, you may need to deal with the mess and lack of access to certain parts of your home as the remodeling projects progress.
Your children or spouse may not appreciate having someone else living with them and taking up space. Additionally, some of the responsibility of caring for an ailing relative may fall on them. This can be both inconvenient and considered an invasion of privacy. If your children are older, they may have to juggle work, school and a social life in addition to possibly having to stay home to provide care.
Having another person in a house to care for is stressful no matter how calm or patient you may be. Knowing that you could be woken up in the middle of the night to adjust the temperature in a room or have to leave work to take someone to the hospital is never easy.
Remodeling a portion of your home to provide space for a family member could turn out to be a good thing in the long run. If you have been meaning to upgrade the flooring in the basement, dealing with a mold issue in the attic or always wanted to add space to your home, this may be the time to do it.
In addition to taking care of mold or mildew problems, you may be able to justify adding a new heating or cooling system. This may reduce your utility costs each month and provide a little extra money to provide care while keeping your family as comfortable as possible. While upgrading the heating and cooling system, it may be possible to upgrade the plumbing or duct work needed to address the issue. Therefore, you may be able to address two problems at once.