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How you can make it easier for your parents to live at home

As your parents age, it can be more difficult to keep up with the rigors of owning a home. Chores can start to stack up, and maintenance starts to fall by the wayside.

However, there are some things you can do to help your parents stay on top of house upkeep:

How to help your parent avoid a nursing home

While we are growing up, parents make sure we eat well, stay healthy and get a good education. Your parents may even have helped you pay for school or bought you your first car. You feel grateful for everything your parents did for you, and you know not everyone is as lucky.

Now that mother or father is getting older, you want to return the favor. You may even have promised your parent that you would not put him or her in a nursing home. However, he or she may have health issues that have you questioning whether remaining in his or her home is safe. You do not want to put your parent in a nursing home, but you just are not sure what the alternatives are and what you and your parent can afford. Here are some ways to help your parent avoid moving to a nursing home.

Six things to discuss before buying a home with your parents

Multigenerational homes are increasing in popularity in the U.S. According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2016, 64 million people live in multigenerational homes, as opposed to 32.2 million in 1950. A multigenerational home is defined as a home where at least two adult generations live, or homes that include both grandchildren and grandparents.

Some of the shift is due to the growing diversity of the population. Americans born elsewhere are more likely to live in these types of households. Other factors contributing to the shift are increasing home prices and the growing costs of long-term care for older Americans.

Choosing a caregiver for your parent

You may be at the point in your life where it is not your parent taking care of you, but you are taking care of your parent. It can be a lot of pressure to be responsible for your parent as they age, which is why many people look in to full-time care. You, and your parent, may not want to consider moving them from their current living conditions, which is why hiring a caregiver is a suitable alternative.

Caregivers, also known as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), need to complete 75 hours of nursing assistant training, have a CPR certification and a clean background check before providing care to any individual. All of these qualifications are to help you sleep better at night, knowing your loved ones are in the hands of someone with experience.

Buying a home? You might need an attorney

People have been buying and selling homes for a long time. It seems like the process would be more straightforward. The truth of the matter, though, is that buying a home can be complicated.

With all the possible complications and with how much money you have at stake, it might be a good idea to have an attorney to guide you through the process. After all, there is a point where things can get too complicated even for the best real estate agents.

Protecting Assets as Parents Age: How a Skilled Attorney can help

As an adult child with parents getting older, you may find the roles reversing. Your mom or dad may be looking to you for guidance on all sorts of things, including choices about protecting assets, wills, estates, using caregivers and deciding what to do about a house or apartment.

In this post, we will use an FAQ format to discuss some of the key decisions you may face and how a skilled attorney can help you and your family make them effectively.

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