‘Granny Pods’ in Your Backyard as a Solution to Nursing Homes

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Annual surveys reveal that as many as 23 million American residents are looking after their parents as we speak, with their number on constant increase due to prolonged average human lifespan. Although the economy is slowly recovering, we are still in recession that is said to continue for quite some time. The financial reasons, as well as various humane ones, such as loneliness and other consequences of separation from the family, have put backyard ‘granny pods’ into spotlight compared to nursing homes. Here is why they have an upper hand.

Granny Pod Home
Granny Pod Home

The general idea

Everything about ‘granny pods’ has been founded in an idea that all of us love our elders and would like to do the best for their well-being, at the same time preserving our and their privacy without jeopardizing any aspect of quality living and health care. With elders living in a ‘granny pod’ built in our backyard the family ties remain undisturbed while individuality and safety are not compromised in any way.

Granny Pod
Granny Pod

Seen from the elders’ perspective

Nursery homes, although designed for assisting the elders and providing constant medical care are often deemed by the elders as purely medical institutions and, as harsh as it may seem, places where they are put to wait for their final hour. They often complain about loneliness and inability to blend in with other users living next to them. On the other hand, ‘granny pods’, being located in the family backyard and designed in a manner that provides constant monitoring, evoke a completely different mindset completely void of the feeling of loneliness and abandonment.

Living in Granny Pod
Living in Granny Pod

Seen from the children’s perspective

Even though the reasons for putting the elders into nursery homes are justifiable from the children’s perspective they still very often cause a feeling of guilt, regardless of the quality of care and the environment they provide. This feeling of guilt is further increased every time a scheduled visit is skipped, regardless of how justified the reasons for that are. The situation becomes even more severe if the elders that are in the nursing home are homesick and lonely. All of this is avoided with ‘granny pods’. On top of that, the long term financial aspect favors ‘granny pods’ as well.

Perfect Granny Pod
Perfect Granny Pod

Construction features and maintenance concerns

Typical ‘granny pod’ dimensions are 12 by 24 feet. It looks like a bungalow from the outside while the inside resembles a nice hotel suit that features the living room space, kitchenette, bathroom and the bedroom. Safety features include soft floor, first aid supplies, defibrillators, hand railings and double French door that are able to accommodate hospital equipment and wheelchairs, if needed. When maintenance is concerned, ‘granny pod’ is connected to the main house’s electricity, water and sewer installations and due to interior organization it is easy to clean. Still, in order to be perfectly certain that the health standards are fully met, Hills District cleaning services experts advise professional cleaning performed twice a year.


Having a private space organized in a way that provides all the necessities of quality living at a meters distance from their children guarantees the best possible treatment of the elders, taking into account their needs and feelings, as well. They remain an essential part of the family and can participate in all the activities and at the same time have an opportunity to retreat to their own place whenever they need some peace and quiet.

About the author

Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on several blogs. For her articles, she often consults décor specialists, home organization experts such as Hills District cleaning services experts and other blogger experts.