For older adults who move to be closer to relatives but do not want to live in the same house, there is a very popular alternative: the so-called “granny pods” or micro-house, which are designed for accessibility, and small enough to fit into a yard.
The little granny house is designed for accessibility and includes a living room, a kitchenette and a comfy bedroom. Its corridors and doors are wide enough for a wheelchair if any of the inhabitants need one. All the floors are simple and “clean” to eliminate tripping hazards, and the shower stall is a walk-in
Recent statistics show that more then 23 million Americans take care of their parents. Many of these people have to choose between letting their parents live alone or move them to a nursing home. But these small homes help families live closer together. “Granny pods” allow aging parents to live in their son’s or daughter’s yard but also having a space they can call their own. These small apartments are equipped like a hospital room and can be set up in just a few weeks. Granny pods can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000, with the cost of skilled nursing care reaching nearly $93,000 a year, a small house makes more financial sense.