23 million Americans care for elderly parents, whether they are in a retirement home or living in your home. But, unfortunately, when you have decided to move your Bubbe (Yiddish) to a spare room in the house, several things can go wrong in a short period of time.
According to nhregister.com, the CT State Senate recently passed a bill that would allow owners of single-family homes to convert part of that home into “accessory units” without special permission from local authorities. This bill would also include “free-standing modular structures like a small house”.
Keep this in mind, if you are moving in to Grammy and have young children, expect her to get involved in disciplining children on a daily basis as there will be NO discipline. Instead, there will be a wide variety of goodies, such as cookies, candy, and junk food, as that’s what Memaw does with his grandchildren.
If you don’t mind, let me suggest a compromise. Rather than inviting Grandma to come live with you, you might consider a Granny Pod, which is, according to danburyseniors.org, a temporary structure or an accessory unit.
These units, cottages, guesthouses, or whatever you choose to call them are detached from your home but remain on the property so you can keep a watchful eye on aging relatives. Watch this laid back dude talking about grandma pods.
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