A High Tech Substitute for Nursing Homes may soon be on Every Grandparent’s Wish list
One of the toughest dilemmas that any adult with an aging parent faces is uprooting their mother or father and placing them under the care of a nursing home. Let’s face it, our parents hate it. The overwhelming sense of detachment and loneliness is a universal feeling among many seniors at nursing homes. According to a 2010 AARP survey, 88 percent of those over 65 want to live in their own homes and respective communities as they age. With the increasing costs of nursing homes and added expenses for hiring health care aid workers, many are searching for alternatives.
In an era with smart phones, tablets and high tech gadgets it is only fitting that even grandma can enjoy the wonders of modern technology. The engineers at N2Care have reinvented the simple backyard homes that Australians once called “granny flats” back in the 70’s into a modern age cottage with the features of a smart home that caters to seniors. The cottage, dubbed MEDCottage, offers a prefabricated 12 by 24 foot bedroom-bathroom-kitchenette unit that operates as a free standing structure in any backyard. The cottage features rubber floors that can absorb the impact of a fall without causing injury and a runway mat stretching from the bed to the toilet that automatically lights up with a simple touch to make bathroom visits safer. If necessary the MEDCottage can be equipped with a medical monitoring system that tracks blood pressure, glucose, heart rate and blood gases. There is a medical dispenser that sends out voice reminders to the patient and text messages to the caregiver in the event that a patient fails to take medication. With features such as these even tech geeks are in awe.
Factoring the costs of nursing homes and emotional strain of living in nursing homes, one innovative option for senior care is a MEDCottage. Depending on the state, the average cost of nursing home will run anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000 per month. The cottage costs $85,000 for a brand new unit and has a resell value of $38,000 after 24 months. Although the cost upfront can look rather steep, it’s a great long term investment. You can even hire a caregiver from a reputable home care agency for additional assistance on an as need basis.