I'm in my thirty's and am married. My wife and I are just settling in to our new home, and thinking about starting a family. On top of these exciting new changes, my mom has been experiencing several health problems. Her doctor has encouraged her not to live alone, as her condition worsens.
I do not want to have my mom be put into a nursing home at such a young age, or have her feel like she is trapped. My wife and I have considered asking her to move into our new home with us, but because we are just diving into new waters in our relationship, I feel it would put a strain on us.
So I started looking into places for my mom to live and I found something I never heard of. The article I found, from the Huffington Post
, explained, "There's a burgeoning industry that aims to provide a low-cost, aging-in-place alternative
. These small homes -- in some cases not much larger than a big shed -- come in a do-it-yourself construction kit. For about $17,000, you get the plans and materials to construct a locked shell for a 681-square-foot structure -- walls, windows and roof trusses, all neatly numbered and ready for you to assemble like a puzzle. Additional costs will be incurred for plumbing, sheet-rocking and electrical work, appliances, fixtures plus any permits needed. Those less construction-minded might also hire someone to oversee the job for them and when all is said and done, expect the final costs to be around $60,000, experts say."
This new housing trend
is so creative and makes so much sense to me. My mom could be close without being too close. She would still have her own space and freedom, but we could still help take care of her and have our space.
I just had to share this new trend, hopefully it can help other children and parents like me and my mom.