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Long Term Care in Your Own Backyard
Med Cottages are attractive portable homes. They are delivered intact to the backyard of your house where the cottage is then hooked up to the water, electricity and sewer system of your home. The cottage operates like a portable nursing home with a private bathroom and kitchenette, as well as a washing machine and dryer.
Granny Pods enable family members to care for an elderly or disabled relative while allowing everyone to maintain their privacy. At the same time, family caregivers are able to use the state-of-the art technology in the cottage to monitor the occupant, when necessary.
Advantages of Granny Pods
Many families have discovered that nursing homes are too expensive to afford for an extended period of time. In some parts of the United States, nursing homes can cost $6000 a month or more. Even in locations where nursing home fees are less expensive, having a Med Cottage in the backyard may be cheaper than paying to support a relative who lives in a nursing home for several years.
In addition, some nursing home patients become depressed and lonely if they are moved to a nursing home that is far away from their family, friends and old neighborhoods. Having their own cottage just a few steps away from family members is a comfortable alternative than many seniors truly appreciate.
Facts About Med Cottages
There are currently three models of Med Cottages, ranging in size from 288 to 605 square feet.
Each one has a kitchenette that contains a microwave oven and a small refrigerator. There is also a personal medication dispenser to help patients keep track of their own medicines.
The bathroom is handicapped accessible.
Special features make it possible for caregivers to monitor vital signs of the occupant.
For those with allergies and respiratory problems, the air can be filtered for contaminants.
The granny pods have been set up for easy communication between the cottage and the main home. There are also special sensors that will alert caregivers to problems. Some will notify family members in the main house if there are sounds that indicate the occupant may have fallen.
The prices that I have seen mentioned for the Med Cottages have ranged from $90,000 to $140,000, depending on the size of the cottage. While this may seem like a lot of money, as mentioned before, nursing home care in many parts of the United States can run $6000 a month. The Med Cottages may also be far less than the cost of building an addition onto your home and they can be easily removed when they are no longer needed.
Limitations of Granny Pods
Of course, granny pods will not keep everyone out of the nursing home. They will not work for families that do not have a suitable backyard. Local zoning restrictions may limit their use.
In addition, Med Cottages may not provide adequate care for those elderly patients who are seriously ill, need ongoing medical care or extensive physical therapy. They may also not be appropriate for family members with severe dementia or Alzheimers, especially if they tend to wander away.
Despite these limitations, granny pods may be a caring way for many families to keep their elderly relatives nearby.
You can find more information about Med Cottages at http://www.medcottage.com
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