Mom and dad are getting older and it’s time to make that big decision… where are they going to live? Sure, there are nursing homes, assisted in-home care and always the option to move them in with you, but what if there was a new option?
MEDCottages, also known as “Granny Pods” are the new alternative to nursing homes. These dwellings are mobile medical “tiny homes” that are easy assemble so you can keep your aging family close during their golden years. You can convert your garage, build a structure in the backyard or bring in a temporary modular mobile unit. “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.” (MEDCottages.com).
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What are the health benefits?
A huge advantage of the Granny Pod is having the family close by. According to the Help Guide, one of the six pillars in protecting against Alzheimer’s is social interaction. The elderly who spent time with their family like babysitting the kids and regularly attending family dinners reduced their risk of this disease and improved sleep and reported to feel more energetic.
Some features that take-home care to the next level:
Among many of the amazing features are soft floors to minimize damage from falls, back-lit floor boards, handrails, defibrillators, first aid supplies and wheelchair accommodations. The personalization is endless and depending on range of care needed MEDCottages has accommodations for all.
Let’s do some cost breakdown.
The average cost of nursing homes per year in the U.S. are estimated at $97,455 in a recent survey from CareScout. Say mom is there for 3-5 years, that can cost you $300,000- $500,000 in nursing home costs. The MEDCottage classic model, the permanent structure in your backyard, costs just $85,000 – $125,000 as a one-time fee. MEDCottages are just one fifth of the price and you have the peace of mind in having your family close.
This holiday give mom and dad the best gift of all, family. With so many benefits ranging from affordability to improved quality of life, the MEDCottage is a great option for mom and dad to live out their golden years surrounded by family.