Living Arrangement Checklist Helps Clinicians Assist Caregivers of Elderly Parents
Older parents living with adult children has become an increasingly common phenomenon in the United States, with a report from 2008 finding that 16.1% of US households include 2 adult generations. The current review by Ritchie and colleagues describes the best practice to facilitate such a living arrangement, and much of the important work in doing so happens before the parent moves in with the adult child. Specifically, the authors recommend that the older adult’s medical, legal, spiritual, and social needs be addressed. This includes providing a complete copy of the full health record and determination of the ability of the caregiver to act as a proxy. There should also be an evaluation of environmental and functional needs based on the older adult’s status, the availability of religious services near the new home, and how the move will affect the older adult’s social interactions.