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Making room for multiple generations

Janice McGovern and her husband, Rick, a Franklin couple in their 50s, had long considered buying a two-family or a place with an in-law suite for her parents, but Mom and Dad refused to leave their Waltham house. Then the day came, says Janice McGovern, when “they had no choice.”

“About a year ago, Dad had a stroke,” she says of her 91-year-old father. “After his second hospital stay, they came to live with us.” But McGovern, a bookkeeper, wasn’t prepared; two of her grown children were still living with her and Rick, a welder, in their 1,800-square-foot Colonial, and her office — “my own little sanctuary” — was taking up the fourth bedroom. There was space to put an addition on the house, but no money to build it. “My parents would have had to sell their house to fund the work,” McGovern says, “and they didn’t want to.”

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