Multi Generations living together- Care for your Elders

Our family now has four generations living in two households just a few streets apart. We moved my Mom and her cat from Florida to be with us so she could spend more time with family and we could actively assist with her care as she grows older.

Senior woman holding cat

We just completed an addition to our home that is a private studio apartment so she can continue to live independently and we have some privacy too. We added features like lights and faucets on timers since she is prone to forgetting to turning them off and outlets with built in night lights so she wont stumble in the dark . My favorite feature of her apartment is the tall row of windows with a view of woods so that she even if shes not feeling well she can sit comfortably inside but feel like she is out in nature.

Row of modern windows

It can be a challenge sometimes to take care of the additional errands with having an elderly parent that no longer drives. Advance planning to combine trips and ordering things like medications online is helpful.

Senior woman buying medicine

Having the extended family so close allows for lots of multi generational family activities without requiring travel for Mom.

Four generations family reunion party portrait

Having Mom living with us rather than a senior living facility keeps her surrounded by young people

Grandson hugging grandmother

and seems to keep her more active and young at heart.

Senior woman picking apples

Overall the benefits of having a multi-generational household extend to all of us as we share daily life activities and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Grandmother reading to grandchild

Photo credits: Mary Katherine Wynn.

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September 29, 2017

Adeliepenguin

Inspiring story and lovely photographs. Thank you so much for sharing.

September 29, 2017

Cvandyke

Lovely family and great photos!

September 26, 2017

Gmargittai

The wave of the future. Housing is becoming so expensive, care for elderly people even more expensive, people are really busy... a multi generation household is the future. More efficient, more humane and also anchored in traditions. I congratulate you for your decision.

September 26, 2017

Katseyephoto

Thank you :)

September 26, 2017

Photoshopinspire

Beautiful family! nice photos too!

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