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Alternative Living Solutions – “The Granny Pod”

As the population ages and the costs of entering and living in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or an assisted living facility (ALF) continue to rise, families are looking for alternative living arrangements for their loved ones.  One alternative is ‘the granny pod‘ or ‘MedCottage.’  In general, these tiny houses are comprised of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen area and living space.  The pod is meant to reside in the backyard of an existing residential location and be a safe living area for an aging family member.  So, instead of families looking to buy a bigger home or to construct a large addition to accommodate their family member, the pod gives everyone the space they need.  Arguably, the cost is less than several months at an assisted living facility or the entry fee for a CCRC (depending on location).  Of course, one cannot simply move a pod into the backyard without first ensuring compliance with zoning ordinances, permit requirements for construction and hooking up utilities, insurance coverage and an overall fit for the family lifestyle and the care needs, among other considerations.  However, the idea is unique and innovative and may relieve a lot of stress and avoid family arguments during what may already be difficult times.

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Catherine F. Schott Murray, Estate Attorney, Odin Feldman

Catherine F. Schott Murray appreciates that every client’s situation is unique and requires solutions that are adapted to their particular needs, goals, and objectives. She takes the time to carefully listen to her clients and discuss decisions that are not always straightforward, ultimately reaching an appropriate resolution that is pertinent to each client. Catherine is professional, yet compassionate, while carefully explaining complex matters during potentially trying times. She is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and serves on the Board of...

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