In response to my last blog post about children or parents moving back home, ChangingAging reader Di shared this link about “Granny Pods”, a modular mobile home designed to be temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property. NPR reported on them in August:
The granny pod’s real name is the MEDCottage, and it’s basically a mini mobile home that rents for about $2,000 a month. You park one in the backyard, hook it up to your water and electricity, and it becomes a free-standing spare room for Grandma and Grandpa.
The concept is catching on all over the country, but nowhere more so than Virginia, where the state government has eased zoning restrictions on these high-tech hideaways, which go on the market early next year.
The MEDCottage is homey on the outside, with taupe vinyl siding and white trim around French doors. Inside, it looks like a nice hotel suite, complete with kitchen and bathroom — and security cameras.
Reader Di called it a “doghouse for grandma.” NPR’s headline is not much better — “‘Granny Pods’ Keep Elderly Close, At Safe Distance.”
However you feel about this innovation, it’s all about options. A new old age demands lots of new options for caregiving. And if living in your child’s backyard is an option you want, these rooms should look pretty good.