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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 12:42 pm

Dr. Ron Barnes wanted to unite his mother and aunt under one roof. As Holocaust survivors in their 90s, and not able to get out much to visit one another, he knew that living together would bring them companionship and great joy.

Barnes’ mother, Rose, was recently widowed and no longer happy at the Scottsdale senior living community where she’d lived for eight years. She wanted to move. Finding another nice senior living community wouldn’t be difficult, but luckily, Barnes’ widowed aunt, Mary, lived in her own Scottsdale home, loved it and did not want to leave. Barnes then pondered whether Mary’s home could be designed and remodeled for aging-in-place to make the home safer and accommodate the ladies (Rose has mild dementia and Mary has Alzheimer’s disease) and a full-time caregiver.

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