Assisted living in your own back yard?
Ninety percent of seniors say they’d prefer to stay in their homes and age in place. But many times, that’s not realistic, whether it’s due to failing health, stairs or other impediments to mobility, or frigid climates. Expensive traditional care facilities such as assisted living apartments and nursing homes are financially impossible for many families. Our nation’s growing older population is a factor, too. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by the year 2030. This will expand the size of the senior population such that one in every five American residents will be of retirement age. As older citizens become more populous, accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, are emerging as a popular trend.
Multigenerational housing to the rescue. An ADU—sometimes given the less-than-flattering moniker “granny flat” or “granny pod”— is a standalone structure typically 1,000 square feet or less, equipped with its own accessible bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, and located in the back yard of the primary residence. These tiny homes allow elderly individuals to maintain their independence while remaining in proximity to family members. Other important benefits of ADU’s include: