‘Granny Pods’ Now Let Your Aging Parents Live In Your Backyard And Keep Them Closer And Safer
“Granny Pods” now allow your elderly parents to live in your garden and keep them closer and safer
There comes a time in our lives where we change the roles of our parents. After years of care and protection, we come to a point where we have to assume the role of caregiver. However, it is not easy to find a place where our aging parents can spend the rest of their lives comfortably and provide them with the necessary medical assistance. Nursing homes are not a viable financial solution. Not to mention the guilt and anxiety associated with having a parent in such institutions. Although the ideal would be to let them live at home, we do not all have the space we need. That’s where Granny Pod comes in.
The Granny Pod, also known as MED Cottage, is essentially a tiny, portable hospital room designed by a company based in Blacksburg, Virginia, using Virginia Tech. It is presented as an inexpensive alternative to retirement homes and is apparently designed to be installed in your yard. According to Country Living, these prefabricated MEDCottages can be considered as bed and breakfasts with a range of high technology medical devices.
What the company itself has to say about Granny Pods is posted on the website: The MEDCottage is a mobile, modular medical facility intended for temporary placement in a retirement home for rehabilitation and care needs. In simple terms, it is a remote controlled hospital room at the cutting edge of technology. Caregivers and family members can feel confident that they will provide the best possible care. Proximity is so important to engage the family in our lives. This solution offers a beautiful apartment close to the people we love.
Each MEDCottage would provide space for a bed, living room, bathroom and kitchenette. It is also equipped with a range of standard safety features including handrails, defibrillators, light boards, first aid supplies and soft floor to minimize fall damage. They are essentially the size of a master bedroom about 12 feet by 24. In addition, the structure has double French doors and the possibility of housing a wheelchair and the necessary hospital equipment, if any.
Portable pods are available in three variants: LivingROO, MotherShip and MEDCottage Classic Redesign. The LivingROO is stored in a two-seater garage and is delivered as a kit that the owner can assemble himself. Since the garage can be claustrophobic for some, the modules are equipped with HD monitor windows that connect to an outdoor HD camera, creating the illusion of being outdoors. The nacelle or rehabilitation module is the ideal option for those concerned about the respect of zoning laws. These are being developed on a motorhome platform and the company says that such nacelles can be “placed in ninety percent of the communities in the United States”.
The new design of MEDCottage Classic is similar to that of the original house, with the difference that these are kits that need to be assembled. Let’s talk now about the legality of these pods. According to the AARP, the MEDCottage comes under the ADU (secondary suites). As they are connected to the existing sewer, water and electricity systems of the main house, you will need the approval of the local authorities responsible for these three basic needs. In addition, zone laws in your area may contain constraints on the area of land that can be claimed by such structures. You will need to check this before setting up a grandmother module in your garden.
It should also be noted that grandma’s pods are not cheap. Carolyn McClanahan, a financial analyst, told CNBC, “If people are getting older on the ground and can do it at home, they are much healthier and the family is happier, but it can be very expensive. longevity. “Compared to the costs of assisted living, these modules have a long-term financial sense. In contrast, McClanahan makes it clear that such modules are not a viable option for “a person with dementia or daily help.”
Some also reported a potential danger for ADU needing care. Jane Marie O’Connor, a construction consultant, said: “One key element that can still be left out is human contact, and living in or near an adult child, likely to spend the whole day, only provides There is little or no suggestion when it is there There is no possibility of social gatherings offered by many centers of assisted living – make the right choice, and do not just plan to hire someone there – plan as you remember that home health care is always a burden for the caregiver.