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"Granny Pods" Are Here And They Let Your Aging Parents Live Right In Your Backyard, Close And Safe
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"Granny Pods" Are Here And They Let Your Aging Parents Live Right In Your Backyard, Close And Safe

Grandparents can stay close to their loved ones, while still being able to maintain their independence and privacy.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on September 17, 2021. It has since been updated.

It's important to find a space for elderly people that helps them feel safe and cared for in their golden years. Sometimes finding a quality nursing home is difficult. And a lot of people feel guilt and anxiety when they place a parent in such facilities. So what's a solution? Why not look into a Granny Pod? To put it simply, these spaces are guest houses on a residence’s property. They're built in such a way as to accommodate an elderly occupant’s needs, reports Good Housekeeping. These have features like slip-resistant floors, wide doorways, and rounded countertops. Some versions of the homes also offer high-tech medical extras.

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So are they even legal? According to Country Living, you'll need building approvals from local agencies. The small homes are attached to the main home's sewer, water, and power lines. They are usually installed in the backyard behind the main home so make sure to check with the zoning laws in your area.  For a 67-year-old retiree living alone in Wyoming, it was the best decision of her life. Jane Baldwin wanted to be closer to her family in Oakland, California so she got a 400-square-foot “Granny Pod” in the backyard. “I am in love with it,” said Baldwin. “I can’t foresee leaving here until I’m dead.” The space has a living room, galley kitchen as well as bedroom.