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Would you purchase a 'granny pod'?

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin, who leads a small Methodist church here, has a vision: As America grows older, its aging adults could avoid a jarring move to the nursing home by living in small, specially equipped, temporary shelters close to relatives. So he invented the MEDcottage, a portable high-tech dwelling that could be trucked to a family's back yard and used to shelter a loved one in need of special care.

Skeptics, however, have a different name for Dupin's product: the granny pod. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  May 6, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Any friend of Granny's is a friend of mine. Course I'm a little older than Granny . In fact as the old song said : I'm my own grandpa ".

Posted by: puck-101 | May 6, 2010 12:15 PM

It's like putting a loved one in a well appointed dog house. Speaking of which, where would one take meals? There's no kitchen table, no living space. It's a pretty jail on a concrete slab.

Posted by: beverlyevans | May 6, 2010 2:15 PM

It's a compassionate and thoughtful idea but I think its applicability would be very limited. If a relative needed to be that close to me and were confined to bed most of the day they would also need closer monitoring than a granny cam. I would either make room for them in my home or find a suitable facility close by. Luckily I live in a community where those resources are available.

Posted by: rathompson1 | May 6, 2010 2:28 PM

I don't see room for mobility appliances. I would want a direct path from kitchen to bathroom. Where is the comfy armchair and tv and/or computer? A glass door to invite intruders, and tiny other windows, yeah, it's a jail.

Posted by: bondgirl4 | May 6, 2010 8:39 PM

I would put my adult child, who returned home, in one of those and get him the
H&** out of my house.

Posted by: pporte29 | May 7, 2010 12:50 PM

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