Archive for May, 2012

Granny Pods

We became aware of a new option to keep an elderly parent at home when reading an article in the New York Times on May 8th.  We wanted to share this information as it might be a perfect solution for someone out there.

A few companies offer small stand alone pre-fabricated cottages that can be placed a backyard. The cost seems to range from about $67,000 to $85,000 which represents about 5 months in a nursing home in the New York area. The parent has independence and the children can easily provide assistance when needed.  Safety and convenience issues are addressed and kitchen and bath are included. In the United States these units are sometimes referred to as “granny pods.”

The article says that many states are allowing these buildings and New York is considering legislation to permit them.