Whether it’s a young adult moving back in with the family or an older parent rejoining the clan, there are now 50 million Americans living in multigenerational households, a 10 percent increase from 2007. Does it take saint-like mindfulness and consideration to make it work or will the refrains of a well-known 1961 song “Mother-in-law” start echoing down the hallway? (click to read the lyrics here!)
Accessory Dwelling Units
One solution that allows a certain degree of autonomy is the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), a new term for the old idea of “grannie flat” or “in-law unit”. It is a separate unit complete with sleeping/living area, bathroom and a small kitchen that is built next to or near the family home. It allows the senior to continue to live independently, knowing the support of family is close by.