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New Senior Housing Option Aims to Ease Elder Care

By Erin Harris | Posted on 12.05.2012 | 0 comments
New Senior Housing Option Aims to Ease Elder Care
“The MedCottage, designed by a Blacksburg company with help from Virginia Tech,” reports the Washington Post, “is essentially a portable hospital room.”

A new alternative to assisted living, the MedCottage is an auxiliary dwelling unit about 12 by 24 feet in size. If you have a loved one who needs special care, the MedCottage can sit in your backyard, keeping your loved one simultaneously close to and yet removed from the day-to-day bustle of your house.

Equipped with a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchenette, and a communications system through which caregivers can monitor their loved one’s vital signs, the MedCottage cost the Baez-Page family of Fairfax County, VA $125,000.

Get details about Viola Baez’s cottage, as well as a graphic of the dwelling, in “Pioneering the Granny Pod: Fairfax County Family Adapts to High-Tech Dwelling That Could Change Elder Care.”

And let us know your thoughts about this self-contained senior-living option! Does it sound convenient? Safe? Cost-effective? A viable alternative to assisted living? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.
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