With all of the adults now caring for aging parents, a new trend is emerging. Single- and double-room nursing homes bought, built, and constructed right in your backyard puts your elderly parents where you can see them and care for them without having to make room in your own home for them. Here is more on how this works and what your options are after your parents have passed away.
MedCottages, "Granny Pods," and Backyard Nursing Homes
These companies all produce mini-houses for your aging parents. The living space is small, less than a thousand square feet, and the size depends on the number of beds you need to put in it and the amount of backyard space you have available. A full bath with roll-in shower or spa tub is included, along with a kitchenette and a closet for clothes and storage. It is not much when compared to the full-size houses your parents left behind, but it is definitely upscale from a nursing home room that they would have to share with one or two other residents. The privacy and closeness to family are two factors for buying these little homes and installing them in your backyard.
How to Buy Them
You have to contact the companies directly and they do not service all areas. However, if you are fortunate to be one of the states wherein these companies can be of assistance, then you can choose the floor plans, styles, and materials over the phone and/or on the website before placing an order. Many of these little houses are modular and are constructed prior to installation on your property. However, you may be able to find a company that does custom jobs right on your property where you can oversee every detail.
What to Do with Them after Your Parents Have Passed Away
Once your parents have passed away, you have these little cottages in the backyard. Some companies will allow you to sell the cottages back to them where they will be resold and/or recycled. Otherwise, they are an attractive feature for any buyer who wants to buy your home and likes the idea of some "guest cottages" on the property or "studios and workshops." You could also uproot the cottage(s) and sell it (them) to someone else who is looking to install this feature on his/her property for his/her ailing and elderly parents. They have a lot of potential even after they are no longer needed for what you bought them for.