Should Mom Move Closer?

Things to Think About Before You Relocate Your Elderly Parent

by Molly Shomer

Your home is now miles and hours away from your parent. The best thing would be to move Mom or Dad closer...or would it? There are a lot of reasons why it might make sense to relocate an aging parent closer to the rest of the family.

But, before you suggest a move, give it some serious thought. Be sure that this move would really be the best thing for all of you. Once you have made the commitment to relocate, it will be next to impossible to undo.

Following are some important things to think about before you make the decision to relocate an older person:

1. Can my elder get along without me (at least for a while?)

2. Social Life

3. Important Medical Questions

4. Financial Issues

And the most important question of all...what does the elder think? If he is competent and able to make his own decisions, does he want to relocate? Will you spend hours of effort and anxiety trying to find the "perfect" answer, only to be told to mind your own business?

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About the Author

By Molly Shomer of The Eldercare Team. Please visit Molly's web site at for more elder care articles and important resources for those who are caring for aging adults."

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