'Granny Pods' Are the Perfect Place to Stash Your Aging Parents

granny kitchenAt some point or another, most of us will be faced with the question of where our aging parents should live -- especially if one of them is deceased and you don't want the other residing alone anymore.

But it can be pretty tough to convince grandma to check into an assisted living center if she's used to being pretty independent, and the idea of moving her in with you may not go over so well and opens up the gate to a whole host of conflicts and problems.

Sooo ... what the heck are you supposed to do with her? Well, now you can literally stash her away in your backyard by setting up a "Granny Pod" for her to live in.


Yes, a "Granny Pod," which is basically a tiny little guest house (12 x 24 feet) that has a bedroom, bathroom, and small kitchen area. And the best part? It'll only set you back $125,000. (Chump change compared to those pricey assisted living centers.)

The pods are formally known as "MEDCottages™," and while their size is fairly minuscule, they are actually pretty futuristic when it comes to features.

The description of the pods on the website says:

Equipped with the latest technical advances in the industry, MEDCottage was made to assist with many care-giving duties. Using smart robotic features, it can monitor vital signs, filter the air for contaminants, and communicate with the outside world very easily.

Sensors alert caregivers to problems, and medication reminders are provided via computers. Technology also provides entertainment options including music, literature and movies.

Good grief. Will grandma even be able to figure out how to turn the lights on and off?

You have to admit, this is a pretty cool idea, and I'm thinking these pods can also serve other purposes, like providing an adequate space separate from the house to put the in-laws when they come to visit. Or even better -- why not invest in one so you have a quiet place to sleep when your husband snores way too loud? Or maybe it could also be a fun place to have a girls' night in without worrying about waking up the kids!

(The possibilities with this thing go way beyond grandma.)

What do you think of these Granny Pods? Would you buy one?


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