A Genius Way To Care For Elderly Parents
A recent estimate from AARP stated that over 23 million Americans are the primary care givers of their elderly parents. When it comes time to consider accommodations for mom and dad, many people are hesitant to consider nursing homes. Financially, it's expensive in the long run, and allowing a parent to live alone under someone else's care can cause guilt and anxiety. While some children are more than happy to bring their parents home, for others this isn't an option. What is a family to do?
Enter GrannyPods. Also know as MedCottage, these ingenious homes allow a child to have their elderly parent in their backyard, while still given the parent and the family their own space. Though tup by a Blacksburg, VA company with help from Virginia Tech, these tiny homes are essentially a portable hospital room. Not your typically hospital room however. Think of it as a guest house or cottage with high-tech medical equipment.
How do they work? The dwelling is hooked up to the main home's existing sewer, water and power lines. Safety features such as hand railing, defibrillators, first aid supplies, lighted floorboards and soft floors (to minimize damage from falls). While the final cost can run from $85,000 to $125,000, many nursing homes can run around $60,000 each year.
Each dwelling includes room for a bed, living room space, kitchenette and bathroom. Three models are available ranging from 288 - 605 square feet. These have been getting mixed reviews. Some say they could cause problems with neighbors and feel more like placing a parent in a shed, while others consider them a practical luxury. What are your thoughts on Granny Pods?
Find out more about these at MEDCottage.com.