The Elder Suite

July 30, 2004

The vast majority of caregiving for the senior population is not provided in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Most seniors are able to receive care at home with the help of their family. In some cases, this is an alternative. However, in many cases this is simply not an option. Location issues, careers, money and raising families of their own prevent many adult children from caring for elderly parents. However, children do not want their senior parent’s safety or comfort to be at risk and many want to participate in caring for their elderly parent. This is a common issue for many families with elderly relatives today.

Balancing the needs of the elderly parent and caregiver child can be difficult. However, one solution can be the addition of an “elder suite” to the caregiver’s residence. Basically, an elder suite is approximately 300 square feet of living space that is custom tailored to the special needs of senios and is installed on the caregiver’s residence. The elder suite has an open layout for easy accessibility and also has the safety features such as shower seating, oversized doors, non-slip flooring, grab bars and panic buttons.

Paying for the elder suite is often less expensive and more time efficient than the costs and time involved in building an addition to the caregiver’s residence. The elder suite provides both the senior and the caregiver’s family with the privacy and independence each needs. In addition, the elder suite can be removed and the caregiver’s residence can be returned to its original condition when the circumstances of the family change.

There is a cost to install the elder suite and you can either rent or buy the elder suite, depending on your situation. Compared to the rising costs of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, this is an ideal option for many families. It allows the parent to remain at “home” and maintain a sense of independence while allowing the caregiver child to have peace of mind that his or her parent is comfortable and safe.