"Granny Pods" make life easier for homeowners looking after aging parents
By John Kirchner
November 28, 2012
If you watch morning talk shows, you have probably seen commercials from builders who manufacture homes that include a guest suite or even a guest home designed specifically for an aging family member. According to AARP, about 23 million Americans take care of their aging parents, and many can attest to the challenges of a multi-generational homes.
One increasingly popular solution comes in the form of “Granny Pods,” which are essentially tiny free-standing guest homes that include all the amenities an aging person needs to maintain self-sufficiency despite common health limitations. MEDCottages, for example, tout many of the basic amenities are used to, along with unique features for the target audience:
- 288-square-foot unit (12 ft x 24 ft)
- Electricity and water connected directly to homeowner’s utilities
- A kitchen with a small refrigerator, microwave, and medication dispenser
- Bedroom and additional accommodation for a caregiver’s visit
- Handicap-accessible bathroom
MEDCottages sells for around $125,000, which can be quite a bit cheaper than years of private care or living in a nursing home.
CBS This Morning ran a feature story on “Granny Pods” this morning. Watch it and let us know if you’d consider building a “Granny Pod” for one of your aging loved ones.