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:
- Shared caregiving duties
- Physical and emotional support offered by the extended family.
- 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:
- Family caregivers find the hands-on care of their loved one to be a rewarding experience.
- Family caregivers find a sense of accomplishment in providing care for a loved one.
- Families report that closer relationships are established in a multi-generational household.
- 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.
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.