Friday, December 14, 2012

2 Modular Companies Building Granny Pods

Over 30 years ago, my wife and I built a home and during the planning stages we incorporated a separate living space for my mother where she could live independently but at the same time she was comfortable in the knowledge that a single unlocked interior door was her lifeline to our family. At the time, this was called a 'mother-in-law' suite.

Today more than 23,000,000 elderly, disabled and mentally challenged people depend on the help of extended family to help them enjoy a fuller, more enjoyable life. Many of them live with their family while others are in assisted living facilities or group residencies.

With baby boomers beginning to retire in record numbers, many are turning to their families for  support or to support others. Many boomers have parents in their 80's that are now requiring more attention due to medical and physical problems. What to do to help is becoming a burning question for many.

Enter modular construction. Two companies, which both use modular home factories to build their product, have entered the Assisted Living market. Better Living Express and Med Cottage and are quickly becoming the nation's leaders in this field. The two have different approaches to helping with this growing need to bring quality housing to family members.

Better Living Express Addition

Better Living Express Cottage

Better Living Express offers both modular additions and cottages to support seniors and the disabled without the institutional feel. Their available standard plans range from two bedroom cottages to support a loved one and a care giver to one bedroom additions. They exclusively offer the FlexAssisttm bathroom which comes in three standard configurations to support the occupant and their needs.

Med Cottage designs a line of stand alone modular units that can be placed next to a family's home with walkway connections. This gives the person living in it a feeling of full independence and usually includes everything that you would find in any home. Kitchen, Bedroom, ADA Bath and Living rooms.

Both are great ways to go. The most important thing to remember is that modular home factories are stepping up and building these specialized units quickly and cost effectively.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can see why somebody would want to have their relative close but I don't understand why it wouldn't be cheaper to just have someone build the granny pod at the home instead of having to truck it a couple hundred miles and hire an expensive crane.

Greg Jacobson, CAPS, CMO said...

1)A modular unit built in a factory can come with a 10 year structural warranty. Not likely with on-site construction. 2)An attached modular addition can be completed from permit to occupancy in 8 weeks. Not likely for on-site construction. 3) The host home is never really entered during the entire process except for creating the door between the host home and the addition and when hooking up the addition's utility services to the host home's services 4) The crane and set crew only add small amount to the total, which is already lower than on-site construction. There are more reasons, but lets just say it makes financial and implementation timing sense.

Anonymous said...

As an alternative, Stay at Home Additions are patented modular, ADA compliant bathroom, shower, and laundry additions that can be temporarily attached to your home. www.stayathomeadditions.com

kevin smith said...

There are so many great construction companies with good reputations in Denver.
http://www.allevaconstruction.com/services/construction-design.html

David Hussey said...

The remodel will stay true to the architecture and design of the home. A good remodel job should blend and have an easy flow from one area of the home to the next without any obvious gaps where the old meets the new. construction companies san francisco

Anonymous said...

Is there any financial assistance like there is for assistant live?

Debbie said...

And how do you pay for the 24/7 skilled nursing care

Anonymous said...

Debbie, you are right, if your loved one requires 24/7 skilled care, then having your loved one live in a granny pod might not be the best solution for most regular folks. It is very costly.

Let's face it, though many people would like to keep their elderly or disabled family members close- building an addition is also a costly endeavor that many families cannot afford.

But if you are in the unique position of being able to afford to build such an addition, and your loved one (and your family) would benefit from such a living arrangement, then it's a great thing.

Home health agencies offer care services from skilled care to basic personal care. So there is assistance for the family if they are not able to provide all the care needed, and some at-home skilled nursing services are covered by Medicare and other health insurances.



Unknown said...

Are there any companies in California that manufacturer these pods? Or, are there any companies outside California that can deliver and install these units here?

Jenean Harris said...

In some states, seniors may be eligible for a home health care provider to come in anywhere from 3-5 days a week... in IL, this is available through the department on aging and rehabilitation services. It is income dependent on the senior, not the family.

Unknown said...

Hi I'm chelsey 28 with traumatic brain injury. I would like one of these. Is there any place in Connecticut?

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a link to order one. This is exactly what I need. Anyone know how I could contact someone. I like the standalone unit best.

Nikki said...

Is there a "used" market for these dwellings? What happens to the building after the individual passes? I'd like to purchase a used building.