The company known as N2Care has been working on its prototype of a compact medical home for several years and, this year, its prototype has attracted attention from organizations and publications alike, according to The Roanoke Times.
The homes, which measure 12-by-24 feet, are essentially areas meant to serve as emergency rooms. They feature pressurized ventilation and video systems that keep track of floor level movements, so caretakers can be alerted if a patient falls.
This project seems to be one way to meet the growing healthcare demands of aging baby boomers or boomers who are taking care of their parents, while avoiding assisted living facilities. They also function as small units where a person can have some independence, but easy access to home medical care.
The downside is the high retail price, as the MedCottage is projected to cost up to $75,000 to install, although the company hopes to eventually move prices to $1,500 or $2,000 a month.
An affordable and effective method of caring for seniors and aging parents is to make sure they are equipped with a personal emergency response system. This easy-to-use device will allow those who are in need of monitoring or medical assistance to live safely and independently.