Freudenthal Home Health Blog

Freudenthal Home Health salutes family caregivers in the St. Joseph, MO area who are giving wonderful care and help to their senior loved ones each and every day. Our goal with this blog is to give information and resources to help and support St. Joseph, MO area family caregivers.

Could A "Granny Pod" Help You Live At Home Longer?

There is a new trend for seniors, but it doesn't have anything to do with fashion. "Granny Pods" are the latest rage in modular homes designed specifically for keeping aging seniors close to their family caregivers. The "Granny Pods", produced by MEDCottage, are full of amenities and features designed specifically for monitoring and caring for aging loved ones. 

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Starting with a 12x24 footprint, these homes are ADA compliant allowing for easy wheelchair access and there’s also something called a “virtual companion,” which will play messages like, “it’s time to take your medication.” There are other cool features including a camera system so you can check in on your loved one during the day and soft floors in case your loved one should fall.

Even with all these wonderful features, there still is the question of will it make the life of the aging senior better? This is where the family caregiver makes all the difference in the world. All of these features are meant to aid the senior and their family caregiver in the activities of daily living (ADLs), and should be treated as such. Features can never take the place of a family caregiver and the care they deliver day in and day out, but, they can certainly make life easier. 

 

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