|A typical Granny Pod. There are variations, of course. (Source: The Times)|
With the world population rapidly ageing, and with baby boomers demanding better options for housing when they retire, innovative ideas for elder housing have sprung up in the USA and elsewhere.
One such housing option is the Medcottage or more popularly referred to as the 'Granny Pod'. Here's how the idea first began...
Now for a look inside the granny pod.
The concept of Granny pods is really not that revolutionary. I recall back in the 1980s, one of my many cousins had a self-contained annex built in his backyard for his elderly parents. It had a bedroom, a sitting room, bath and toilet, and a small kitchen. Electricity, water and phone line were linked to the main house. My cousin's live-in maid did all the cooking and family meals were served in the main house. His parents helped babysit the children when he and his wife were at work. It was the perfect solution to parent-care and childcare.
|From PALS website|
The major difference between a granny pod and my cousin's backyard annex for his elderly parents is that the former is portable, and apparently can be set up in four days! Think of it as a giant container that you could lift with a crane and move to wherever you want to place it.
Will granny pods take off? What do you think?
GRANNY PODS: THE FUTURE OF ELDERLY LIVING?