The Caregivers is a unique series focused on the challenges and triumphs of caregiving. These stories have been created through a strategic partnership between AARP and Word In Black.

According to AARP’s “Home and Community Preferences” survey, 3 out of 4 adults age 50 or older say they want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. And many do: Nearly 9 in 10 care recipients live in their own home, in someone else’s home or in their caregiver’s home. Some homes are well-suited for aging and providing care, but many require modifications.

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When my parents needed 24-hour care and moved in with me, we didn’t have the budget to build an addition or completely revamp the house. But with some research and advice, I found easier, affordable ways to make the home safe and navigable. And I continued to adapt as their needs changed. Eventually, I was able to fully remodel a bathroom for Dad’s safety, as well as get entry threshold ramps.

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