"GRANNY POD (MEDCOTTAGE) SENIOR HOUSING"
Company based in Virginia, USA.
Granny Pod's are available through distributors.
Assistance in Design from Virginia Tech College of Engineering.
Portable elderly housing or “Granny Pods” are an affordable alternative to nursing homes and can be used for rehabilitation or long-term care.
The “Granny Pod” is a modular senior housing unit providing 24 hour monitoring next to a senior caregiver's home. The senior housing unit contains a sleeping, bathing, cooking, and living area in a 12 foot by 24 foot area. Units are transported and installed in the back yard similar to a mobile home.
The portable elderly housing unit can be bought or leased. The “Granny Cottage” costs approximately $85,000 and can be bought back by the companies’ distributors at a reduced cost. N2Care believes that this form of portable elderly housing is worth considering since nursing home costs can run up close to this amount every year.
“Granny Pods” have been referred to as state-of-the-art hospital rooms for elderly complete with remote monitoring. This type of senior housing provides family caregivers with peace of mind knowing they are involved in caring for a loved one. The “Granny Pods” were inspired by the well-known “Granny flats” in Australia.
Some of the "Granny Pods" features include:
- 288 square feet unit (12 ft x 24 ft)
- Wheelchair accessible
- 24 hour camera surveillance motion sensors
- Monitoring system for health conditions
- Fall prevention monitoring through feet sweep floor level cameras
- 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
- Handicapped accessible bathroom
- Adjustable hospital bed
- Cushioned flooring
- Intercom system
- Lift and mobilization track systems
Smart technology features in this type of portable elder housing include the ability to:
-Monitor vital signs, blood pressure, glucose, heart rate and blood gases
-Filter the air for contaminants
-Sensors which alert caregivers to problems
-Medication reminders provided by computers
-Entertainment including music, literature and movies
Family caregivers can monitor the status of a loved one such as vital signs and medications taken through a smart phone.
The aim of “N2Care” company is to revolutionize options for quality senior care.
source: medcottage.com, newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com
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