An Increase in Multi-Generational Living – Are Fairfax Seniors Living with their Children?

September 19, 2011

Multi-generational living.  It means that Dad has taken over the guest room and the kids are sharing a bathroom!

And, according to reports from the 2010 U.S. Census and a study by the Pew Research Center, more Americans are sharing a multi-generational home than ever before.  Approximately 1 in 6 Americans live in a household with multiple generations — 30 percent more than reported in 2000.

In addition to the uncertainty of today’s economy,  seniors report that they opt for at-home care for the following reasons:

  1. Shared caregiving duties
  2. Physical and emotional support offered by the extended family.
  3. Financial security

From the family caregiver’s perspective, the following are reasons for asking Mom or Dad to move in with the family are recounted:

  1. Family caregivers find the hands-on care of their loved one to be a rewarding experience.
  2. Family caregivers find a sense of accomplishment in providing care for a loved one.
  3. Families report that closer relationships are established in a multi-generational household.
  4. Adult children believe that their own home is the best place to provide the best possible care for their parents.

For a more in-depth look at multi-generational living, please view this initial video in a five-part series on various caregiving topics such as emotional issues, sibling conversations, and home safety issues.

If you have a personal story to relate about your multi-generational household, please share your account with our readers below or on our Caregiver Forum

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.

Alisa Meredith, Writer

Guest writer Alisa Meredith is a blogger and social media professional with Scalable Social Media. Every once in a while, someone at Home Instead does something that compels her to stop Tweeting and write something real! This is one of those times.

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