My first response was great, wish I'd had that granny pod for my mom instead of the awful nursing home she spent her last years in. But then I thought what happens when we become our parents, i.e., when we're the ones who need this type of service? I can't imagine living in such a tiny space. 605 square ft is small enough, but 288? That's about the size of my living room.
I agree with you about the granny pod, Debera. Most of us don't like the idea of putting our parents in places where they might receive questionable care without our knowledge. The granny pod concept provides more control over the situation.
Thanks Charles for such an interesting post, thats really great to hear that bio connectivity is emerging to such extend like granny pod . I really liked the idea of granny pod it can keep our elederly patients in an home based enviornment because usually patients in hospitals feel more low as compared to their own homes . It will give them ease to live and comfort zone as well. It icludes robotic features,monitor vital signs,filter the air fo contaminants and communication with the outside world.
I have even heard that in some parts of the world even surgeries are being done through robotic equipments i guess its just ininitial stages but definitely in future they will also become more popular .
Greg, I agree with your statement "This is a great idea and offers another option to give our aging parents attentive care and dignity." Technology has brought many benefits including the ability of extending the quality of life as people age, and to increase life spans. We are now seeing a time where many of us have elderly parents that are still active, but approaching a time where they will need additional help and monitoring. Our own family has had to make difficult decisions regarding the care of our parents and as they age, the options become more limited. I think the "granny pod" is a very viable idea in addressing a family's desire to maintain closeness with an aging family member who still wants as much independence as possible. It is like a "mother-in-law's apartment" that some people have designed into their homes, but with the appropriate medical and communications technology built in. We recently priced a nursing home at $4500 a month - it seems to me that the "granny pod" could be a more attractive and cost-effective solution over the long term, although for many the price tag would need to come down for it to be a real solution.
Thanks for the information on the Granny Pod. This is a great idea and offers another option to give our aging parents attentive care and dignity.
I also agree that the bio-connectivity trend will continue to grow. However, as sensitive personal data and critical function information is transmitted via software, new regulations and testing may need to be created to ensure patient privacy and protection.
Yes, the other surpising thing to me, vimulakumarp, was the existence of something called a "granny pod" for elderly patients. This is one of the most unusual products I've seen in the past few years. It's essentially a small house that gets trucked into someone's backyard. It's full of sensors to monitor and manage a person remotely throughout the day. Here it is:
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