Deciding When It’s Time for An Elderly Parent to Move

The decision about whether your elderly parent or parents should move is often tricky and emotional. Each family will have its own reasons for wanting (or not wanting) to take such a step.

Older adults and their families have some options when it comes to deciding where to live, but these choices can be limited by factors such as illness, ability to perform activities of daily living (for example, eating, bathing, using the toilet, dressing, walking, and moving from bed to chair), financial resources, and personal preferences.
Making a decision that is best for your parent—and making that decision with your parent—can be difficult.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its National Institute on Aging has some helpful pointers on this emotion-fraught decision.

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