On May 2, 2016, according to Echo Press, Minnesota passed legislation allowing the use of tiny homes, also known as Granny Pods, for those under health care. Family members and friends, who care for someone who's elderly or near the end of life, can now provide their relative with their own private space, up to 300 square feet. This will make caring for a loved one much easier.
According to local news KFGO, Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake was a strong supporter of the bill as it's a more affordable way of providing housing to loved ones. “Not only does this provide an opportunity for families to have a hands-on role in the care of a parent, spouse, or loved one, but it also allows for a dramatic reduction in health care costs,” he said to Echo Press. “The state spends a significant part of our budget to help pay for the care of senior citizens, so anything we can do that provides for more cost effective independent living options is a good thing.”
The Granny Pods can remain on the property of a family member for up to one year. Municipalities that don't want to allow for the tiny homes have the option to opt out.
What does a Granny Pod look like inside?
Here are some interior shots from the Granny Pod design by MEDCottage.
The typical features include a primary bedroom, small kitchen, and full bathroom.
There's plenty of room to allow for a caregiver.
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