The “Granny Pod”: The End of Skilled Nursing as we Know it?
by Alex Gillaspie
First off: What exactly is a Granny Pod? A Granny Pod is a self-contained building that is a combination of a hospital room and a small home. These 12×24 ft units contain a single bedroom, single bathroom, and a kitchenette. These pods are typically installed in a family’s backyard in order to offer a closer destination for a relative in need of long-term care. The Granny Pod offers technology that allows the monitoring of a family members vital signs, boasts a rubber floor designed to pad any falls inside the unit, and features heating and cooling systems in order to keep the inhabitant feeling comfortable in all climates. Supporters of the Granny Pod say this is the future of long-term care—offering a resident the functionality of long-term care while still allowing them to live close to home with their families. Win-win…right?
Many in the senior care industry disagree with this assessment. For starters, the units are particularly pricy—totaling over $125,000 once the installation of the pod is complete. For this price you would expect the investment to pay for itself over the course of time, but it hardly does. Standard long term care facilities (such as nursing homes, assisted living communities, and CCRCs) offer a great deal of medical care that is included in the cost of living; while outside practitioners would need to be called in as needed if a pod resident required medical attention. The regular cleaning of units, completion of laundry, and other housekeeping issues are also not included with Granny Pods—which requires additional time and care to be given by family members, or even additional expensive outsourcing of these responsibilities. While pod activists feel that the unit provides a unique and safe housing option that allows family members to build an even stronger relationship as time passes, critics say these pods don’t allow inhabitants to build relationships with their peers through social interaction—let alone that not all care givers will be able to give the full support and attention to a family member they may actually need. Detractors readily concede that Granny Pods are a potential alternative to long-term care depending on the health status of an individual, however they still feel strongly that customary skilled nursing facilities offer the best and most complete form of care.
My personal opinion is that nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, CCRCs, AL, and IL campuses are still the future of long-term care and that the fad of Granny Pods will pass. That’s where Govig comes in. Govig offers the best recruiting experience in the senior care industry for all of these facilities and more—placing exceptional candidates in high quality jobs day in and day out. If you’re looking to make a hire, or looking to land a new position in the senior care industry, make sure to contact Govig through their Website or their Facebook page for all of your recruiting needs.
To see a satirical look at the Granny Pod (that more or less sums up my opinion) check out this video from the always entertaining Steven Colbert on his nightly show “The Colbert Report”.