Adding An In-Law Suite For Ageing Parents

by Rachel Laurendeau on July 19, 2013

home additions IndianapolisAs my parents age, my thoughts turn to what happens next for their housing needs. While condos, extended care facilities and nursing homes are good options for many, another possibility to consider is adding on an in-law suite. This option allows family to provide for parents’ needs while still providing some privacy and independence for everyone.

There are a variety of ways to add an in-law suite to your home. For some people, home remodeling to turn part of your home into a small suite is the best option. In other cases, converting a garage into an apartment might be a good way to go. For those with larger properties, perhaps building a separate little cottage would be a nice way to allow a parent to age in place. And for others, building a home addition is the only route. Many home building contractors, such as Booher Building Company, are experienced in this type of home improvement and can help you choose the right option for your family.

Other considerations:
• A main floor suite will prevent the need for installing lifts or elevators should your parents’ mobility be impaired. As we age, the last thing we want to worry about is going up and down a full flight of stairs to get into our home.
• Check to make sure that local zoning regulations or by-laws allow you to make the desired changes or additions and apply for all necessary permits before starting the work.
• As much as possible, include the person who will be living in the suite in the decision-making or in planning the layout of the space.
• Take the concepts of universal design into account when planning out the suite. Now is the time to install a barrier-free shower or tub, grab bars, accessible light switches, and a security/medical alarm.

Becoming your ageing parents’ caregiver may not be the easiest responsibility, but having a functional suite in which they can still maintain a certain amount of freedom while being close to loved ones will certainly help make the transition easier for everyone.


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