Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Granny Pod" or perhaps a "Boomerang Pad" for those kids looking to move back in with their parents?

As seniors age, it becomes increasingly difficult for family members to care for them. Many opt to place their loved ones in a nursing home, but a new, more high-tech option is now available.
Informally known as “granny pods,” the MEDCottage is a “mobile, modular medical home” that is temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property to provide rehabilitation and extended care for seniors in need, according to its official website.

Described as a “state-of-the-art hospital room,” the MEDCottage is equipped with sensors that alert caregivers to problems and medication reminders via computers. Using “smart robotic features,” it can also remotely monitor vital signs, filter the air for contaminants and communicate with the outside world, the website said.
The 288-square-foot unit includes electricity and water connected directly to the homeowner’s utilities, a kitchen with a small refrigerator, microwave and medication dispenser, a bedroom and extra accommodation for visitors, and a handicapped-accessible bathroom.
This definitely seems like it may work just fine for the "Boomerang" generation as well!  The kids can still be "out of the house" while still maintaining residence on the property...could be very interesting.  What do you think?
Karen Powers, Real Estate Broker, www.southbostonre.com

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