‘Granny Pods’ are a housing trend on the rise and one we absolutely love! When family members get older, you are often stuck making a tough choice. If taking care of them on your own seems too overwhelming, a senior facility can be a great option. However some of families want to keep their aging relatives close, but don’t have the home setup required for their needs.
Granny Pods, also know as a MEDCottage can be a great alternative. This single level dwelling fits in most back yards and can keep family close while still providing everyone their own personal space.
The story behind Granny Pods is all about family care. Their website states:The MEDCottage is a mobile, modular medical dwelling designed to be temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property for rehabilitation and extended care. Simply stated, it’s a state-of-the-art hospital room with remote monitoring available so caregivers and family members have peace of mind knowing they are providing the best possible care. Close proximity is so important when keeping family engaged in our life. This solution provides a beautiful dwelling close to the people we love.
MEDCottages are available to rent for $750/month or you can pay $85,000 to $125,000 to buy one. The average size of the cottage is 12 by 14 feet. The MEDCottage Classic comes with a bedroom, kitchenette/living area, and a full bath. It looks just like a home inside, so they won’t feel like they are in a senior home. However, at the moment, the classic home is only currently available in Virginia.
There are also two smaller options. The first is the Living ROO, which fits in a garage, and can still allow your parent to have their own window and private area. Then there is the Mother Ship, which can go on an RV flatbed. The Mother Ship can be rented at a lesser cost and it is fitted for rehab care. These two options can be rented monthly and might be better options for shorter care.
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