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  • Writer's pictureKathy L. McNair, Esq.

4 Tips When Considering Moving an Out-of-Town Aging Parent Closer to You

As an elder law attorney in Massachusetts, I often meet families who are thinking about moving an aging parent to live closer to them, often from a different state. In some cases, this move can be great for everyone. It is a big step filled with many important decisions. Here are four key tips to think about before making this big move.

1. Know Your Options First

Before your parent packs up their bags, it’s essential to have a clear plan. In Massachusetts, there are programs designed to help seniors live at home with the support they need for as long as possible. However, qualifying for these programs depends on income and assets. The rules are strict. As elder law attorneys, we can help you understand your options, now or as needs change in the future, by creating a plan to protect assets and qualify for these programs. Having a game plan ensures the move is good for everyone involved before making a decision.

2. Keep Open Communication with Your Family

Moving a parent to live closer can be a big decision that not everyone may agree on at first. It’s crucial to talk openly with your family, especially your siblings and your parent. Ultimately, it’s your parent’s decision, and they need to feel comfortable with the move. The only exception is if they have conditions like Alzheimer's or dementia, which might prevent them from making decisions on their own. If this is the case, you may need to consider obtaining a Guardianship or Conservatorship if they are reluctant to move.

3. Update Estate Planning Documents

If your parent decides to move to Massachusetts, it’s a good time to review their estate planning documents, such as a will, health care proxy, power of attorney, and any trusts. Sometimes, documents made in other states might need changes to meet Massachusetts laws. I recommend that you have an attorney review the documents when your parents move. This can save a lot of trouble later on.

4. Make Sure You Are Up to the Task

Finally, think about your own situation. Having an aging parent move in with you is a significant change. Ask yourself if you and your spouse are ready to handle this. Sometimes, looking into independent living, assisted living, or nursing home care options near your home might be the best choice.

Moving an aging parent closer to you is a decision filled with both challenges and rewards. By considering these four tips, you can make a more informed and confident choice. As always, feel free to reach out to us. At Senior Solutions Attorneys at Law,, we are Elder Law Attorneys who specialize in creating game plans for clients so they can weigh their options before moving parents to Massachusetts so they can make an informed decision.

To learn more, please call us at 617-489-5900 or use this link to schedule a free consultation: We are caring Boston, Massachusetts Elder Law attorneys, serving all of Massachusetts, and ready to help you with Medicaid and MassHealth Planning, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Probate, and Special Needs Planning.T

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