If you are wondering how to care for your elderly parent or grandparent, the granny pod may be the solution to all of your problems.
These pre-fabricated and pre-equipped medical cottages can be installed in a backyard behind a caregiver’s home (zoning laws permitting), and hooked up to the existing sewer, water and power lines.
The prototype “granny pod” units cost up to $125,000, and has standard safety features including hand railings, defibrillators, first aid supplies, lighted floorboards and a soft floor to minimize damage from falls.
The units are equipped with interactive video an devices that monitor vital signs like blood pressure and blood glucose, and transmit real time readings to caregivers and physicians.
Though several versions now exist, the basic MEDCottage is about 12 by 24 feet, or the size of a master bedroom, has vinyl siding, double French doors (to accommodate a wheelchair and hospital equipment) and looks like a small bungalow.
Inside, it resembles a hotel suite, with living space, small kitchen and bathroom.
But the best part about these granny pods is having your parents or grandparents so close to home, where you know they will be cared for.
Often with our elderly family members, we worry about them, and want to make sure they’re doing ok. The granny pod gives us the opportunity to have our ‘granny’ very close to home.
Some people however, don’t like the idea of “warehousing” the elderly in a self-contained unit, even one that is close to family and friends.
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