If living together is not a permanent solution, work together to make an “exit plan” that everyone in the home understands. Plans change and you may decide to live together for more or less time, but having a blueprint gives everybody an idea of what to expect. In situations where aging parents move in with their adult children, it is helpful to decide what will happen if the arrangement does not work, or health begins to decline. Having a backup plan can preserve relationships when difficult circumstances arise.
Whether you are taking care of an older parent, moving into your child’s home, or sheltering your adult children, these strategies can help you navigate and prepare for multi-generational living with added success.