Que faire pour gérer l’hébergement d’un proche?October 19, 2016

How to Manage Home-Support for a Loved One?

You have chosen to welcome one of your relatives to take up residence with you? Whether it is a temporary situation (following the loss of a job or a loved one) or a more permanent situation (in an intergenerational home), the impact on your family dynamics will be felt. Therefore, notwithstanding the emotional issues, you must not overlook the financial impact of this situation. Here are some of the options available to you, as well as some tips to help you adapt to assuming the role of host.

In Relation to Temporary Situations

If the heart sometimes pushes us to quickly say yes to any request for accommodation, it is important to sit down and discuss the issue with all concerned: parents, children, spouses, roommates, etc. Is this a temporary or permanent situation? If temporary, agree on the precise length of the stay. Be honest with your guest and tell him what you are willing to do and what you cannot do.

Also take the time to see if your lifestyles and schedules can be adapted to each other. If the relationship starts off good, remind yourself that it can quickly change when the time comes to share your life with the person. A period of adjustment will possibly be necessary, so arm yourself with a little patience. However, with a little flexibility, you will learn to live in harmony.

For Longer and Permanent Situations

When lodging continues, seeming to become permanent, it is important to agree on long-term conditions. If it is about a family member in need of homecare, take the time to determine the amount of time needed to take care of her and see if you can offer it regularly.

When it comes to aging parents, consider the way space is organized in your home. Subdividing one home into two can be an attractive option to maintain maximum autonomy and privacy for everybody.

Then look at the impact that accepting a lodger will have on your rent and expenses. Agree (in writing, if necessary) on the breakdown of costs, chores, and responsibilities. This will avoid misunderstandings, but also ensure a more harmonious cohabitation.

An Advantageous Solution, Economically and Morally

An intergenerational home can have its advantages. It enables older people to maintain some autonomy without assuming the maintenance or the costs of a full domicile, while bringing parents and children together.

In addition, the Quebec government offers various tax credits for people caring for family members. To qualify, accommodations must have lasted 365 consecutive days, including at least 183 for the fiscal year in question. There is also a tax credit for caregivers, as well as for homecare services for seniors.

To find out which tax credit would suit you better, talk to your banking institution.

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