Invasion of the Granny Pods

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin of Virginia wanted to find a way to keep elderly folks independent and near their families while providing the care they need. So he invented the MEDCottage, and is working with cities to change zoning to allow it.

The so-called "granny pods" are modular units that can be placed in the backyards of homes temporarily to keep elderly near their family but also monitor their health needs.

NPR's Audie Cornish reports that "The concept is catching on all over the country, but nowhere more so than Virginia, where the state government has eased zoning restrictions on these high-tech hideaways, which go on the market early next year."

Full Story: 'Granny Pods' Keep Elderly Close, At Safe Distance

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