November 27, 2012

Just in time for aging boomers, the Granny Pod

Just in time for aging boomers,  the Granny Pod

A Virginia company is advertising a new type of living arrangement for elderly parents: a 12 by 24 feet pop up 'Granny Pod' that fits easily into the back yard of a standard American home.

The $125,000 dwelling is being marketed as an alternative arrangement for people struggling to provide adequate care for the aging relatives since assisted living communities have become stigmatized and inviting an elderly relative a spot in the home can prove a squeeze.

The structure is formally referred to as the MedCottage and was designed by a Blacksburg, Virginia company, N2Care.The company was started by Rev. Kenneth J. Dupin, who is a minister in southwest Virginia, according to the Washington Post. He established the design company to create living structures or auxiliary dwelling units (ADUs) that would provide a way for families to care for an elderly relative on their own property.

'Equipped with the latest technical advances in the industry, MEDCottage was made to assist with many care-giving duties. Using smart robotic features, it can monitor vital signs, filter the air for contaminants, and communicate with the outside world very easily.'
'Sensors alert caregivers to problems, and medication reminders are provided via computers. Technology also provides entertainment options including music, literature and movies.'

It was initially approved by the State of Virginia as a 'temporary family health-care structures' since it contains surveillance cameras and the technological capabilities to allow for remote monitoring of the resident.

The MedCottage sells for approximately $85,000 but delivery and installation can add another $40,000 to the total cost.

Original story in The Washington Post., Pioneering the granny pod: Fairfax County family adapts to high-tech dwelling that could change elder care.   

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Posted by Jill Fallon at November 27, 2012 11:27 AM | Permalink