Granny Pods – The New Solution to your Aging Parent’s Living Situation?
Placing an aging parent in a nursing home or assisted living is not ideal for most. Seniors typically want to maintain independence and this can cause huge financial constraints on families. While some adult children are willing to welcome grandma or grandpa into their own homes with open arms, this may not be feasible for all.
Today; more Americans are living longer, and the number of adult children taking care of an aging parent has dramatically risen.
AARP estimates about 23 million Americans take care of their elderly parents.
These numbers are only going to grow with the Baby Boomers expecting to increase the number of elderly by double.
There’s a new trend in assisted living on the rise and allows for mom and dad to live in the comfort of our own backyard. It capitalizes on all the rage of tiny living… We introduce to you, the Granny Pod!
What is a Granny Pod?
The Granny Pod is a “Tiny Home” equipped with high-tech medical extras to keep the elderly aging in place in our backyards. Essentially it is a guest house with nursing home amenities. Here is what it might look like.
How much does a Granny Pod cost?
A basic granny pod starts around $85,000 but the prototype “granny pod” units cost up to $125,000 installed. However, these come installed with standard safety features like hand railings, defibrillators and first aid supplies, lighted floorboards and a soft floor to minimize damage from falls.
The high tech units are also equipped with interactive video and devices that monitor vital signs, like blood pressure and blood glucose, and transmit real time readings to caregivers and physicians. Cameras at floor level and sensors alert caregivers to a fall, the toilet seat records weight and temperature, a hammock-like chair lift transports a resident from bed-to-bathroom, and a computer reminds residents when it is time to take medications.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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