I Made My Elderly Parents Choose between Living in My Garage and a Nursing Home


Date: December 6, 2023Author: James William0 Comments

According to a Reddit tale, a widow who was living alone in her roomy five-bedroom house encountered an unforeseen problem when her parents want to move in with her. The woman had set up a guest home in her garage for her children to stay during the holidays, turning some of the rooms into offices and hobby areas.

But when her parents asked for help and said they wanted to move in, she consented and told her kids about the new living situation. It was planned for the kids to live in the main house and their grandparents to live in the guest house located in the garage.

The woman’s parents were thrown into a loop on the day of the relocation when they arrived expecting to live in the main house and were shown to the garage instead. The woman explained the circumstances, stating that the guest house was ready and had its own amenities in addition to her restricted availability for bedrooms.

The woman’s parents were not pleased with their living situation in the garage and expressed their desire to live in the main house. The guest house had all the amenities needed for a comfortable living, but the parents refused the offer, saying they didn’t want to live “out in the garage.”

When the woman saw her parents were unhappy, she told them straight that they could either live in the garage or look for a nursing home. The woman, expressing surprise at her parents’ dissatisfaction, emphasised the garage guest house’s privacy and code compliance, which was provided to them at no cost.

In response to the woman’s situation, the Reddit community offered their sympathies, with others indicating that her parents may have high expectations. Allowing the parents to live in the main residence could cause ownership problems, according to one user’s theory. Another commenter mentioned that the parents might want to live in the main house so they won’t have to do the cleaning and cooking duties themselves.

On the other hand, a user provided a positive example of a friend who had transformed a shed into a guest house, where her parents were appreciative for the solitude and independence it offered.

This Reddit story brought to light the difficulties in striking a balance between expectations, living conditions, and family dynamics, showing that even the best-laid plans can run into unforeseen difficulties.

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