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The "Granny Pod" Alternative: A New Way to Age Independently

According to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the average age of a nursing home resident is 79. In less than 15 years, millions of Baby Boomers will reach this age. Does this mean that nursing homes will see a population explosion in the next decade? Not likely. Approximately 90 percent of seniors plan on aging in place at home, according to surveys from AARP. While circumstances may allow some elderly ones to stay in their own homes, others may need to make alternative arrangements.

In 2011, Nationwide Homes launched the Care Cottage, a 14 foot by 44 foot modular home specifically designed as a way to bring assisted living closer to home. This creative housing solution, referred to as “the Granny Pod,” meets the needs of most seniors and is relatively inexpensive – especially compared to nursing home care. Combined with a quality home care system and home care software program, such as provided by ClearCare, seniors are able to receive the type of assistance they need right at home.

The Benefits of Home Care

According to Gentworth Financial’s 2012 Cost of Care Survey, a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of $73,000 per year. A “backyard cottage” retails for about $85,000, which means it pays for itself in a year and half. Research also reveals that a majority of seniors prefer home care – and fare much better than those in institutions.

Dan Goodwin, vice president of sales and marketing for Nationwide Homes, explains that research shows how elderly ones prefer home care to institutionalized care, but that family members need their own space. Granny Pods are typically installed as temporary structures, so when they are no longer needed they can be sold back to the distributor. Units can be customized for the disabled, allowing even more seniors to enjoy home care.

How Home Care Software can Help

ClearCare has worked diligently to create an outstanding home care system and home care software program that allows seniors to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes – even if it’s a Granny Pod. Even though an elderly parent or grandparent lives on the property of their relatives, families today lead busy lives. A qualified in-home caregiver can monitor the senior’s health, daily activities, medications and appointments using a reliable home care software, such as that offered by ClearCare.

One of the best features of an industry-leading home care system, like ClearCare, is the ability for family members to check in on their loved ones – day or night. Caregivers using a home care system consistently update their web-based home care software with each client’s daily activities, which is then available for viewing on any mobile device.

Wherever your loved one lives – in their own home, at your home, or in a backyard Granny Pod, a home care system such as ClearCare can make aging with grace and independence a goal that’s well within reach.

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