If you are caring for your aging parents or will be soon, you have to take a look at the Med Cottages! These are literally called "Granny Pods" and allow your elderly family to live nearby. They are often installed behind the caregiver's home. Traditional nursing homes can be quite pricey and it's not always the best option for the aging parent to be living far and alone from the kids.
If you want your aging parents nearby but don't have the room, you have to consider this option. This tiny home is essentially a hospital room with lots of high-tech medical equipment. The inside is like a hotel suite and features a bed, a living room space, a bathroom and a kitchenette. But also, hand railings, defibrillators, first aid supplies, a soft floor to help minimize the damage from falls.
There is currently three style to choose from, a Living ROOM (to be installed in a garage), a Mother Ship (which is designed to sit atop an RV) and the MEDCottage Classic which you can assemble in your backyard yourself or with the help of a pro. The price range from $100,000 to $250,000. You will probably require building approval from your local agency as the MEDCottage dwelling is hooked up to the main home's existing sewer, water and power lines.
Take a look at some pictures from the inside:
What do you think of this idea? Some people might feel like they are putting grandma in a storage behind the home, other think this is the best idea ever to have our loved ones really close!