• Backyard 'granny pods'? Check out this high-tech alternative to nursing homes (PHOTOS)

    By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    So long, retirement homes. Some elderly parents are opting to live in their children's backyard in a high-tech "granny pod" instead. 

    Good Housekeeping reports that the pods, officially named MEDCottages, are tiny homes with medical gadgets and high-tech safety features, including defibrillators, lighted floorboards, first-aid supplies and more. According to the company's website, the homes, which are meant to be installed on a caregiver's property, range from 299 square feet to 605 square feet and cost from $39,625 to $61,125.

    "Simply stated, it's a state-of-the-art hospital room with remote monitoring available so caregivers and family members have peace of mind knowing they are providing the best possible care," the website says.

    So will they put nursing homes out of business? Maybe not just yet. Good Housekeeping reports that the pods have gotten mixed reviews, with some saying neighbors aren't too pleased with the new addition to the backyard. Meanwhile, others describe the pods as a "practical luxury."

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