The MedCottage, a portable, modular dwelling, announced its commerical debut earlier this month with an initial distribution in five U.S. markets. The 12 by 24 foot dwelling is designed as an alternative to allow familes to provide care for their loved ones on their property as an alternative to long-term care facilities. Each dwelling unit will have a total of 299 square feet and has features that include various technical and functional design charatcteristics to make aging in place easier. The final layout was designed by students at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech as part of a senior design project.
“Since introducing the first prototype 10 months ago, thousands of people around the country have contacted us to tell us we’re on the right track to provide a viable and cost-effective option to age in place,” says the Rev. Kenneth Dupin, founder and CEO of N2Care. “Through extensive feedback and real-life testing we have made numerous changes to take the MedCottage from a vision to marketplace reality.”
In just a year, N2Care, the company behind the MedCottage, received legislative approval in Virginia for property owners to house the structure, created a prototype, began manufacturing and developed a national distribution network. MedCottages are available through a growing network of distributors with plans to grow nationwide over the next year. The first MedCottage distributor is VAS Aging Solutions of Salem, Va.
“When we first saw the prototype, we were immediately struck by how the MedCottage can improve the lives of families seeking a better way to care for their loved ones,” said Vickie Robinson, president of VAS. “We were so confident in the product that we decided to become the nation’s first distributor.”
The MedCottage can be purchased or leased and temporarily placed on the care-giving family’s property with features that most hospital and nursing home rooms are denied. Like an RV, it connects to a single-family house’s electrical and water supplies.