Impact 5: Parents moving in with grown children

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - It's pizza night at the DeAquino house.

Everyone has their favorite, mom, dad, the kids, and the grandpas. All six live under one roof in Boynton Beach's Canyon Springs development.

"It's difficult, it's rewarding, hectic," Donald DeAquino, whose father and father-in-law live with the family, said.

Don's father, Nicholas DeAquino, moved in with the family in 2003. Since then Don's children Nicholas and Nicole have come along, and last fall Jaclyn's father, Jack Pfeiler, moved in as well.

"You take care of your family. That's just the way it has to be when you love one another," Don DeAquino, said.

But to do it they needed more space.

"We knew we needed to get a bigger home. A 6 bedroom house. And that's how we got here," Don DeAquino, said.

"We are developing a lot more plans that have a lot of versatile space for people like the DeAquinos," Jill DiDonna, Vice President of GL Homes, said.

DiDonna said multigenerational housing has become more of a trend in the last five years.

"We design homes that have separate bedrooms and bathrooms for parents that might be moving back in with their children," DiDonna said.

More and more aging parents are moving in with their grown children.  AARP reported 4.6 million seniors were living with adult children last year. That is a 14-percent increase since 2008.

"When we first sat down to eat dinner that first night I was like okay, this isn't bad.  But I started wondering what are my menus going to be like for the next couple years," Jaclyn DeAquino said.

That's not the only planning families need to consider. AARP suggests putting everything in writing before coming together under one roof. You should also consider your future needs as well.

"If your parent is aging, but, they're healthy, you may want to think about five years from now when they may need a little assistance in the bathroom with grab bars and roll in showers. You have to think about all of that, not just what the circumstances are today, but what the future needs might be as well," DiDonna said.
 

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