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Accessory Dwelling Units

A.D.U.s

a great alternative to a guest bedroom

If you thought having your aging parent move into your house was the only alternative to expensive assisted livng facilities when they are no longer able to live independently, you may be the perfect candidate for an ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit.  ADUs are also sometimes referred to as granny flats or mother-in-law cottages.  These are small standalone units added to the backyard of an existing single family home, or apartments converted from extra space in the house such as a garage or basement. 

If you thought having your aging parent move into your house was the only alternative to expensive assisted livng facilities when they are no longer able to live independently, you may be the perfect candidate for an ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit.  ADUs are also sometimes referred to as granny flats or mother-in-law cottages.  These are small standalone units added to the backyard of an existing single family home, or apartments converted from extra space in the house such as a garage or basement. 

Privacy

for you and your loved one

ADUs supply a private bedroom, living area, bathroom and kitchen for your parent, and allow you to keep your senior parent nearby while still providing some privacy for both of you.  It is much easier to care for a parent who lives only steps away from you, and the ease of spending time with them can mean there is less loneliness in your loved one’s day. 

You may be able to save money if you can easily stop by to help them get out of bed or run errands for them and don’t need to hire a full-time nurse or caregiver.  Having them live in your backyard means you also can end chores you may have been doing for them as you no longer have to mow their lawn, clean their gutters, or make a separate trip to bring them groceries.

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maintain

independence

Having a separate apartment for them means they don’t have to give up their independence.  This can make a conversation with your parent about moving much more palatable if they have their own little home and not a bedroom in your house.  They can still have their own furniture, keep a cherished pet, and set their own house rules.  

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Requirements

and regulations

Many cities are now updating zoning requirements to allow these structures where they might have been denied a few years ago.  Some cities are even offering incentives to residents who add ADUs to help meet the low-income housing requirements set by state regulators.  Moving a parents into your backyard ADUs can be a way to not only ease caregiver stress, but can even increase your property values now and later be used to generate rental income.

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Loved Ones can live close by while maintaining independence

  Check with your contractor about building cost and permit requirements and your attorney or financial advisor to find out how an ADU will affect your property values and taxes.

Using Technology to Communicate Care

For many American homes, voice-controlled speakers and personal assistant devices have become a norm of convenience. From turning up the music volume to dimming lights, Amazon’s line of Echo products have become a source of home-living ease for many. However, an often overlooked benefit of the Echo product line-up is the added ease of daily living it can provide our aging adults. And, in the time of social-distancing and medical isolation, these products can also increase connection and interaction with our loved ones without the need to compromise safety.

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