Australians are understandably scrambling to find ways to keep their ageing parents safe during COVID-19.
With the second wave sweeping parts of the country, people over the age of 70 are the most at risk. What is most concerning is the spike in cases inside aged care homes.
As of publication, there have been more than 1549 confirmed cases* of COVID-19 among people living in government-subsidised aged care facilities across Australia. Tragically, 263 of those have resulted in death.
In many cases, elderly people need some sort of support or care. But life in these facilities often leaves people feeling depressed, alone and powerless. So how do we keep our parents and loved ones both safe and happy?
Invest In A Luxury Granny Flat
Many families are now opting to move their parents onto their properties in their own customised small homes. They include Gold Coast mother and daughter Anne and Danielle.
When it came to deciding the next best step in life, Anne definitely wasn’t going to resort to an aged care home. Meanwhile, her daughter Danielle wanted to look after her mother as she was getting older. They found Funky Little Shack, and loved the idea of adding a granny flat to Danielle’s backyard.
Creating privacy and independence for the pair was just as crucial as maintaining that loving family connection. So we designed a beach-style granny flat to complement the architecture of the existing home. We then built a connecting deck between the homes where the pair could come together.
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Financial Benefits Beyond
Aged care is expensive. Residents can end up paying upwards of $250,000+, plus most of their pension. But with a granny flat you can keep your pension, spend it how you wish, and build a small home for way less.
With two separate homes on one property, this lifestyle is perfect for anyone looking to support loved ones while maintaining wealth within the family unit. It gives people independence and privacy, as well as an opportunity to strengthen relationships.
History shows that property appreciates in value over time, and is a great way to hold wealth. Pooling resources together will help your family unit as a whole. Adding a contemporary designed small home to your backyard can add real value to your property and lifestyle.
Custom Designed To Your Needs
Rather than buying a cookie-cutter granny flat or transportable home, find a designer or builder willing to customise. If you’re building a small home for an ageing loved one, accessibility should be priority number one.
Make sure all rooms are wheelchair or walker accessible. Drawers and cupboards should be easy to pull, and shelves easy to reach. The shower or bath should also be designed for ease of entry and exit.
With Funky Little Shack you can be guaranteed your needs and desires will be achieved. All of our creations can be fully customised, and are designed to complement the architecture of your existing home. They’re contemporary designs; open plan with high/raked ceilings, expansive decks, lots of natural sunlight and cross breezes.
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In addition, organisations like Anglicare and Blue Care provide support for the aged in their own homes. This includes occupational health, meal preparation, assistance with self-care and house cleaning. Your GP can provide a medical assessment on the care required while living at home.
It’s all about providing a smarter, cheaper and sustainable alternative to aged care living. If you’d like further information on anything covered here, please contact us.
You can contact Funky Little Shack on (07) 5679 6171 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to know more about your specific property book a phone call, click here today.
* Statistics sourced from the Australian Federal Government Department of Health found here.