Sometimes, aging parents need some assistance, which is why many move in with their adult children. Fortunately, putting multiple generations of a family in a single household doesn't mean everyone has to give up their independence and privacy. Here are some home improvements to consider to make your parents' transition into your home easier. 

How to Update Your Home for a Senior Parent

1. Upgraded Guest Room

If your home has a spare bedroom on the first floor or extra space you could repurpose, such as a basement with an outside egress or garage, you could turn the area into an in-law suite, a private living space inside the home. 

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The room should include a door to separate it from the main house, a bedroom, a cozy seating area, and a full bathroom with accessible features. For example, you could have a curbless shower in the bathroom with a bench and grab bars to make the room safer and easier to navigate for your loved ones.

2. Repurposed Shed

A decent-sized shed on your property can do more than store your belongings. You could remodel it into an entirely separate living space from the main house. Repurposing a shed is beneficial if you or another family member sacrifices a bedroom or another area to accommodate a senior loved one. 

You could transform the shed into a backyard oasis with a seating area and entertainment system for unwinding or fill it with your child's toys and books to make it a playroom. Another option is to make the shed a home office if you need a quiet workplace. 

3. In-Law Cottage

If your backyard has enough space to construct something larger than a shed, consider having an in-law unit or cottage built for your parents. This unit acts as a fully functional home. 

The small house would have a private entrance, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a living area with a bed. This option is ideal for older people who want to maintain their independence without being too far from their family. 


When you're ready to restructure your house to accommodate your senior parents, turn to Kim Angel Construction Co. Inc. in Archdale, NC, for all your home improvements. This highly experienced general contractor has served customers throughout North Carolina and South Carolina for over 30 years. Their crew has completed many projects for every budget, including home additions and new home constructions. Whether you're looking to remodel your kitchen or create a suite for your senior loved ones, this company can accommodate your needs. Call (336) 382-1522 to discuss your project, or visit them online to request a free estimate.