In American society, family members tend to grow apart as they age. When they can no longer live a fully independent life, older relatives typically end up in retirement homes.
Families aren’t always able to take in a loved one with medical needs. Many may feel as though their home isn’t safe enough for an older guest.
That’s all about to change.
Innovating Family-Managed Care
Reverend Ken Dupin, the founder of N2Care wanted to change the way Americans families think of their elderly. He says he was inspired by how families around the world kept their grandparents close-by.
He told Fox News: “At the end of one’s life everywhere else in the world you basically come back into the family…but I didn’t see that happening here in the United States.”
He found that the main problem was that families were ill-equipped to take care of the elderly: “One of the things that we came up with was the fact that there were not a lot of good options to families participating in the care of their loved ones.”
So he began thinking about how to bring families together whilst maintaining independence and privacy. The result is a mobile cottage with everything a grandparent would need.
Affectionately named “Granny Pods” these 12 feet by 24 feet homes plug into existing electrical and plumbing outlets.
They are specially built with the health of a senior in mind, being handicap-accessible and full of safety features. Small enough to fit in a backyard, every room is made to be within reach, including a small kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.
The bathroom can also be connected to the bedroom thanks to a ceiling track to accomodate a resident with mobility issues.
Safety features include webcams for monitoring by family members and a padded floor, which is great for the joints and provides extra protection in the event of a fall. The home can also remind its resident to take medication or alert caregivers in the event of an emergency.
The cottages are equipped with high-tech safety measures and communication tools. It can be upgraded to accommodate more vulnerable or ill elderly too. You can take a look at all the tech specs here:
Bringing families together isn’t just good for the elderly, it’s good for children and their parents too! The result is a strengthened family connection and identity. Growing old can be difficult to accept, knowing that you’re taken care of can greatly reduce the stress of aging.
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