Living Choices – Where do your parents want to live?

Must-have conversations with your parents

Research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network reveals 70% of family conversations about aging are prompted by an event such as a health crisis or another emergency. These stressful times are not the best to have this kind of discussions because during crisis people are tired, defensive and the discussions may not be objective.

The Home Instead 40/70 rule recommends beginning these conversations when you are approaching 40 and your parents are around 70.

Some important themes are Living Choices, Financial Choices, Health, Relationships and Dating, Driving and End of Life.

During the coming weeks we will be touching on all of those but today we would like to focus on Living Choices:

daughters having a conversation with mom. Canadian senior stats

Our home defines much of our lives. According to a survey from RBC, 91% of seniors say they want to remain at home*. So what happens if you have trouble with everyday activities or maintaining your property? That dream of aging at home could vanish. Where will you live as you grow older? This chapter can help you find the right fit and the customized services for wherever you or your senior loved one want to call home.

State of Affairs

Among adult children 17% surveyed said the need to move would be the most difficult topic to discuss.

26% of seniors surveyed in Canada say the most difficult topic to discuss with their children is the need to move from home.

If the parents can no longer live on their own without assistance, adult children are more likely than their parents to think that their parents would want to move in with the family

If you have any question please call us at Home Instead Hamilton at 905-521-5500 or send an email to and we will happy to assist you.


  • Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, completed 400 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older and 400 interviews with adult children of parents age 65 and older in Canada.

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