Investigating Where Your Parents and Where Your Kids Live

Investigating Where Your Parents and Where Your Kids Live

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As an adult, you probably have a pretty clear idea of what your own standard of living should be as far as your housing goes. But then when you begin looking at the arrangements of your extended family, there are a few more things that you should observe. Even though your parents and your adult children are responsible for their own housing decisions, that doesn’t mean that you can’t investigate the general characteristics of where they choose to call home.
Because outside of typical adulthood, some considerations need come to mind. Sometimes older parents aren’t great about quality control in their housing situations. Sometimes young adults, perhaps when they first go to school and live in a dormitory or when they purchase a starter home, aren’t great about understanding what they’re getting into, especially when it comes to cost versus benefit of rent and repairs. Being in that middle category of being a responsible child or a responsible parent, learn to test out the waters of family decisions.

Nursing Homes

As your parents get older, they may eventually end up in a nursing home. In some cases, this can be a great experience and one that they will enjoy literally until the end of their lives. On the other hand, there are many reported incidents of nursing home abuse. Bad managers feel like they can take money without providing services, and in some cases, nursing home residents are either abused or neglected. If you regularly visit where your parents are staying, this will help to make sure that there are no indications of anything untoward going on. Even phone calls are probably not enough. You have to have boots on the ground to see what is actually going on.

Dormitories

If your child chooses to live in a college dormitory, it can be an eye-opening experience for them. They will have more freedom than they’ve ever had in their entire lives. They can feel free to make new and bad choices at will. However, there are cases where schools or even other students will take advantage of naïveté, and as an adult, you should do everything possible to help your child avoid this.

Starter Homes

Sometimes when parents get older, they can downsize their homes. Also, as your children grow older, they may be ready to purchase a starter home. Usually, people in either these instances don’t have a lot of money, so they have to compromise as far as quality goes. Unfortunately, this is another case where people can get taken advantage of because they only have so much cash to work with. As the responsible adult, go along with them to ensure that these starter homes are up to code and that things like taxes and bills can be put on the appropriate budget.