It's always a challenge for families when the eldest members start requiring special care. Whether it’s due to a change in health status or just a decrease in mobility, the stress of needing constant care is just as hard on the individual as it is on the family. Some families just don’t have the time to be there 24 hours a day, while the person in need does not want to put others in a difficult situation.
For this reason, many of the families across America use assisted-living homes as a solution. Sometimes referred to as nursing or retirement homes, these places leave a lot to be desired. It can feel like living in a hospital. Most tenants don't have much privacy from other residents or staff. Horrifyingly, there have even been numerous reported incidents of staff being inattentive or even abusive. Thankfully, Reverend Ken Dupin is trying to change all this.
After seeing the lack of freedom and integrity in current assisted-living centers, Reverend Ken Dupin came up with the idea for MEDCottage.
These cottages are exactly like traditional tiny homes, with the exception that they are designed for being placed in a backyard. Called the "Granny Pod" by some, these living arrangements make it possible to have an additional home on a piece of land. This solution allows for a loved one to "move in" without needing extra space in the main home.
The tiny house’s utilities are connected to the main home. This way it uses the same water and electrity supplies.
The interior of the home looks nothing like what you would expect.
There are three different models available depending on the size requirements and needs of the resident.
Each home has a bathroom, kitchen, laundry area and living space/dining room.
The largest model also includes an extra bedroom in case a live-in caregiver is needed.
All areas of the home are designed to be handicap-accessible.
The best part about these living arrangements is that the residents are not far from their families. To learn more about MEDCottage, check out their website here.
Via: Little Things