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:
Hire a housekeeper
An occasional housekeeper can do wonders for keeping your parents’ house in order. Even if you cannot afford to have someone check in weekly, a monthly cleaning (or even once every couple of months) can be extremely helpful.
Professional cleaners will be able to thoroughly clean areas that your parents may not be able to get to as often as they should. You can frame the cleaners as a Christmas or birthday present if you are worried your mother or father would take offense.
Give them trustworthy contractors
Too often, elders are victims of scams. This can be the case when your parents are looking for a repairman or building contractor. You can lower the risk of your parents being scammed by providing them with an easy list of people to call for different jobs.
Research trusted repair services, heating and cooling specialists and plumbing experts so that they have a convenient list of who to call in an emergency.
Make an excuse to check in
It’s important that you’re able to stop by once and a while to check in on your parents. Look for signs of possible struggles at home, like stacks of newspapers or dusty surfaces. Oftentimes, they won’t tell you that they’re struggling to keep up with housework, so you need to see it for yourself.
If you live too far away, talk to a trusted family member or neighbor who can swing by every week or so. It’s important to stay updated.
Keeping parents independent
While it may seem easier to try to talk parents into going to assisted living facilities, giving them the ability to stay independent can be a huge gift. These small steps can take some of the pressure off of your parents and allow them to stay in their own home.
If you have any questions about creating a financial plan for keeping your parents at home, a skilled attorney can help.