MedCottages, or “Granny Pods” are being marketed as a convenient alternative for adult children struggling to find living arrangements for their elderly parents. The 12-by-14-feet dwellings are designed to fit into any standard-size backyard.
The price tag for a Granny Pod is reportedly far less expensive than placing aging parents into an assisted living community. The MedCottage is being manufactured by a Virginia company for $80,000, according to the Daily Mail. If the customer wants the dwelling installed, the price jumps to $125,000. While the “pop-up” homes are attractive and a cost-saver for suburban residents, the sticker price is higher than the cost of a full-sized home in a rural area.
If loving adult children want to keep their senior citizen parents nearby and make sure they are cared for properly, the Granny Pods could be a satisfactory alternative. Rural residents, who often live in areas without zoning laws, could probably build a similar structure themselves for a fraction of the advertised cost of a MedCottage.
N2Care, a Blacksburg company, did not skimp on any of the bells and whistles necessary to aid aging parents. Reverend Kenneth J. Dupin started the company, according to the Washington Post. The Granny Pods include a “virtual companion” that relays health-related messages to occupants, and plays movies, music, and games as well. A message to remind the occupants that it is time to take their medication is one of the most popular and reassuring features for the adult children interested in offering the best care possible for their aging parents.
The MedCottages also boast a video monitoring system that focuses on the floor to allow for occupant privacy but would alert caregivers if anyone fell. A pressurized ventilation system helps keep airborne pathogens at bay. A lift attached to a built-in tact in the ceiling helps move the occupant from the bed to the bathroom to avoid both falls and the need to lift by caregivers. Knee-level lighting which lines the walls helps to prevent tripping over objects on the floor.