KOMPAS.com - A Virginia-based company called N2Care of the United States offers an alternative provision of safe houses for elderly residents. The house was named MedCottage was designed by the company with the help of the Blacksburg Virginia Tech.
MedCottage is a "mini home" which was basically a portable hospital room. According to local law in Virginia, the home is included in the "temporary family health care structures". However, some people call it a granny pod or "grandma's house".
The company named N2Care the building of this house shaped high-tech cottage that can fit in the back yard of a house. Cottage is only measuring 26 square meters, yet amazingly sophisticated.
Currently, the granny pod is sold for approximately USD 816 million. However, after being fitted installation and all other purposes, you must pay Rp 1.2 billion.
A family in the United States have tried the house. Socorrito Baez-Page (56) and David Page (59) bought the house for mother named Viola Socorrito yag Baez.
"At first he (Viola) are reluctant to move, because he did not know how the shape of the house," said Rev. Kenneth J. Dupin, founder and CEO N2Care to nydailynews.com.
"When it goes into it, he is adjusting very well. This is a good example. Families can participate in life and keep her privacy," he said.
The house has the technology in almost every hospital room. The technology inside includes grip belt, floor with lights, cameras, and a defibrillator machine. The house is also equipped with water and electricity.
Not only that. The house also has a robotic specification capable of monitoring vital signs, level of contamination of the air, and also able to "communicate with the outside world".
"One of our fears is that when we get older, more and more isolated from our family," he said.
However, a "mini hospital", the older people do not need to worry. They can live side by side and still get what they need medical purposes.