Alternatives to Assisted Living Environments

Jul 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Finances

Assisted living facilities have become the normative alternative for elderly seniors who need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, getting out of chairs, eating, etc.  Elders move into an assisted living (AL) facility for the purpose of getting such daily care, and pay a fee for a room, meals and an attendant who provides the care they need.  Long term care insurance may have been purchased years earlier for the sole purpose of being able to afford AL care when needed.

Often, family members would have provided the care had there been a place for the elder to live; or home health nursing care would have been an option, if living space had been available.

Now there is another option, and it is possible, given the current economic conditions, it could give AL facilities a run for their money.  It’s a concept called MEDCottage, permitting family members to provide care for loved ones on their property, and with the option of bringing in a home health nursing team to provide care.  The website describing the building concept says, “At N2Care, we’re changing the way people think about senior healthcare.  With an unyielding focus on independence, dignity and care, our products provide aging family members with new options to live independently.” 

A Portable Alternative to Nursing Homes

The MEDCottage is a temporary, medical environment equipped with remote monitoring for rehabilitation and extended care. Simply stated, it is a state of the art hospital room that is temporarily placed on a homeowner’s property to allow an elder senior citizen opportunity to live closer to their loved ones, and allow the caregivers to provide ‘backyard’ care to aging parents/family members. 

Cities across the nation are changing zoning laws to permit the portables to be installed on single family lots, with a doctor’s order.  Reverend Kenneth Dupin, a United Methodist minister in Salem, VA, created the concept, which includes an electronic system to transmit a patient’s vital health information to offsite caregivers.   
Anticipated cost is $1500 to $2000 per month on a leased cottage, and $65,000 to $75,000 for a purchase.  MEDCottages is in its infancy, but the concept has a lot to offer baby boomers today who do not want to live in nursing homes tomorrow. 

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