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Aging Well

March 5, 2012

Cape Cod couple want to open home to caregivers

This couple is turning their home into a place for caregivers to come and receive respite and comfort.

Susan and Richard “Ricci’’ Furlani’s Seconsett Island home was built of music and laughter.

Now the Mashpee couple, mourning the loss of two daughters to a rare genetic syndrome, want to create a foundation so their house can be used as respite for other caregivers of terminally ill loved ones.

“We want to make it when people come, they don’t have to pay anything,’’ Susan said.

The house, which they call “No Place Special,’’ has always has been a labor of love.

Designed in part along the curving lines of a ship, “No Place Special’’ features a great room centered around a wood stove.

With five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, the Furlanis envision hosting up to two or three caregiving couples at a time.

“We want them to be able to rest and have someone take care of them,’’ Susan Furlani said. People can choose what to do, whether it’s playing or listening to music, going out on the Furlanis’ boat or spending quiet time reading a book in the house’s wooden tower.

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