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Many adults who have a close relationship with their parents understand that one day they will likely be the ones caring for them in their old age. This often involves one or both parents moving in with their adult children for the remainder of their lives, and that can be a stressful event. You want your parents to feel at home, but it is simply impossible to move the contents of an entire house into one bedroom. At Summit Self Storage – Chapel Hill, we are by no means experts at caring for aging parents, but we do know a thing or two about storage solutions. In today’s blog, we are going to offer some ways you can utilize self storage in Akron to help comfortably move aging parents into your home.
These days, there are a lot of options for where an aging parent can live, but one thing is certain: The more amenities they have just to themselves, the more comfortable and happy they will be. While you cannot change everything for them, if you can ensure they have their own bedroom and bathroom, that is a great start. Many families use this as an opportunity to build a suite in their basement, complete with a bathroom, kitchenette, bedroom, and living room. Others opt for the trendy “granny pod,” a sort of miniature home that goes in your backyard. Either way, choosing “senior-friendly” options, like a walk-in bathtub or shower can help your parents maintain dignity and be able to do more things by themselves as they get older.
Hang pictures of your parents, their parents, yourselves, and your children on the walls so your parents can be surrounded by photographs of their family. This will make the space feel more like home and less like a temporary arrangement, making the transition a little easier.
Your parents are likely moving into a bedroom from a home full of belongings. Unfortunately, not all of their personal possessions will be able to come with them, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it. Put excess furniture, old knick-knacks, musical instruments, kitchenware, and other items in self-storage for later use. Storing these items helps remind your parents that these still belong to them, and that you aren’t simply going to throw it all away like it doesn’t matter. Also, all these extra supplies can make great items to hand down to your own children when they move into their own space.
Our Akron storage units are the perfect place to store your aging parents’ belongings when they move in with you. Taking care of your parents can be difficult, but the stress can be greatly reduced when a bunch of clutter does not move in with them. We offer regular storage units in Akron, as well as climate-controlled storage for those delicate items like wedding dresses, pianos, and paintings that might hold a special place in your heart. Reserve a storage unit today or get in touch to learn more about our self-storage center.