End of life care is often a complicated subject, but one fact remains clear: People want the best for their loved ones. So, what does that look like? A senior living facility? Hospice? In-home care, or moving in with children?
If someone who is still thriving after 90 years old deserves to live in comfort, the same should be said for the millions of other elderly humans on planet earth who aren’t as capable as they once were.
A new trend in backyard buildings is making that possible.
“Granny Pods,” a nickname given to the small living spaces built by MEDCottage provide all the comforts of home, in close proximity to loved ones (but, not too close).
“The MEDCottage is a mobile, modular medical dwelling designed to be temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property for rehabilitation and extended care,” the company maintains. “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.”
The pods are ADA compliant. Someone can easily maneuver around the space in a wheelchair. And, the unique “virtual companion” offers voice reminders for important tasks like taking medication.
The MEDCottages come in various sizes and layouts. The top-of-the-line structures cost about $125,000 for a 12-by-14-foot space, including a kitchenette/living area, a single bedroom and a full bathroom.
Smaller options include the Living ROO, which offers a scaled down option that fits in a garage, while the Mother Ship is easily portable by a flatbed trailer. For a monthly fee of $750, MEDCottages can be leased, as well.
Are the Granny Pods better than a nursing home? Simplemost contends that it may bring elderly relatives physically closer, but still keeps them at a short distance, potentially prompting loneliness despite the proximity. The loneliness would be compounded, considering the fact that there is no one else living in the space.
For those with the means to keep their loved ones’ company, and keep their medical needs met, the pods may deliver a new sense of independence and comfort never thought possible.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.