My 75 year old father will be moving in with us.
April 18, 2014 10:44 AM Subscribe
What are the logistics of having a parent in so-so to mediocre health move in? He is currently in St. Louis, MO and my wife and I currently live in Johnson City, TN.
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My father currently lives in a one-bed, 3rd floor apartment in St. Louis. He no longer drives. After several family conversations, we all (myself, my 3 older brothers who live in St. Louis, and dad) agree that the current situation isn't feasible anymore. He needs to live on the ground floor due to a bad back, and since he suffers from dizzy spells, he needs to live with someone. As independent and bull-headed as he can be, my dad agrees. Since I am in the best economic condition of all my siblings, he will be coming here. Although my wife works full-time, I only work 25 hours a week so I can spend pretty much every morning chilling with him and helping him run his errands. Also, our home can accommodate ground floor living.
We, as a family, just came to this conclusion today. The logistics of physically getting my dad moved here with his things are already figured out. I need your help to figure out the rest. Here are some of the logistical questions I have:
1. Do we need to get a physical copy of his medical records to bring here with him?
2. How easy is it to make sure the SS Admin knows about the move?
3. How do I help him make new friends in the area?
I know I'm not covering everything. My brothers are going to be helping and probably coming up with more logistical things we will need to deal with. For those of you in this situation, or know of people in this situation, what specific pieces of advice do you have? What are some potential issues I should know about?