ppods are the first portable micro care center created for home use that is leased. ppods are designed for temporary use, between 1 and 3 years. ppods are a self-contained, all seasons living environment designed for seniors. ppods have on board all the necessary tools to properly care for and transfer aging seniors. They have a kitchenette for light meal prep, sleeping and living areas, a bathroom area, and a mechanical room.
ppods are 8.5 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 9 feet tall. Each ppod has 172 sq feet of interior space. ppods leverage a unique, open floor plan, skylights and glass making ppod appear larger and very livable. ppod clients can sleep under the stars, moon, and sun. They can absorb as much natural light and sun as desired. They can see and experience all weather changes. Or they can darken or opaque all glass for privacy or sleeping.
Zoning issues will arise on a case-by-case situation. ppod's overall design took into account this potential requirement. The following helps families considering ppod for zoning approval.
- ppod's application requires a Doctor/Physician prescription for consideration. This then makes ppod a required "medical environment."
- ppod's design aesthetic is unique, high-quality and stylish that is many find pleasing. It doesn't resemble an RV or other low-end housing.
- Maintenance remains Living Solutions responsibility, removing fear of blight due to disrepair or maintenance.
- ppod doesn't require a foundation or excavation for installation. ppod can be placed on existing surfaces including asphalt, cement, gravel, grass, or dirt with no special requirements. It remains portable and not permanently attached.
- ppod's require a 50amp electrical service, within 10 feet, only. A licensed local electrican can install this service according to local codes.
- ppod's installation, moving, or removal will be by Living Solutions employees only having the proper tools and equipment.
- ppods design leaves a very minimal foot print when removed.
- Many municipalities are aware of the National Senior Housing Crisis and are becoming open to reviewing new high quality senior housing options to help their residents address these concerns.
- Living Solutions will be guiding the family during the application process and to obtain required zoning approval.
ppods can be placed on concrete, asphalt, gravel, dirt, and sod. ppod has adjustable leveling legs and ground anchors. During the application process, locations will be considered and approved by Living Solutions.
Since ppods are leased, there is nothing for seniors or their families to buy or maintain while a ppod is in their possession. It was our goal to allow all income classes of seniors to benefit from ppod. If a senior client passes the lease is terminated and ppod is picked up by Living Solutions.
ppods are quickly recovered and returned to the closest Regional Distribution Center, to be prepared for new service within a 30 day period. Each ppod goes through an extensive sterilization, refurbishing, and updating process during this period, and before they are sent out to a new ppod client.
ppods are engineered and built with the highest standards and the materials. ppod components are robust and have been used in aviation and watercraft for many years and have a proven track record for durability. In the rare case there are issues with ppod, a factory authorized service tech will be dispatched immediately to your location to correct the issue.
During the application period senior eligibility will be determined regarding Medicaid and Medicare insurance programs. With each state administering these programs Living Solutions will work with each state and senior/family to determine their level of participation.
Many states have implemented tax credits to family caregivers who spend their own funds assisting loved ones.
The following states have adopted such; Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.
Many changes are are being implemented and being considered to help family care giving at home. Check with your state to see what programs are available and by all means encourage them to consider such
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 9th 2020 released $165 million in supplemental funding for Money Follows the Person (MFP) programs, which encourage transitions from long-term care facilities to home- and community-based settings.
The arguably most exciting part of this announcement was CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s remarks about home-based care and shifting America’s focus away from nursing homes.
“The tragic devastation wrought by the Coronavirus on nursing home residents exposes America’s over-reliance on institutional long-term care facilities,” Verma stated. “Residential care will always be an essential part of the care continuum, but our goal must always be to give residents options that help keep our loved ones in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.”
A case can even be made that the brief but powerful remarks are CMS’s biggest backing of home-based care ever.
Government officials often viewed home-based care as a vital cog in the senior care machine. These recent comments from Verma about keeping people “in their own homes and communities for as long as possible” make it clear CMS now sees in-home care as the star of the show instead of a supporting character.
Apart from recognizing the overwhelming preference older adults have for aging in place, CMS additionally gave a nod to home-based care’s cost-cutting ability, an important consideration as the federal government bleeds money at a historic pace.
“Home- and community-based care is not only frequently more cost effective, but is preferred by seniors and adults with disabilities seeking to maintain the dignity of independent living,” Verma added.
There are seemingly countless studies that highlight savings associated with in-home care.
Wednesday’s encouraging sentiments from Verma signal a true turning point for in-home care, both during the ongoing pandemic and into the future.
CMS is moving in the right direction to help fund options like ppod®.
ppod will be available for distribution 4th quarter 2021.
ppod was created by Mark Hunter. He has been an entrepreneur and businessman for the last 40 years. Becoming responsible for his own aging parents needs, he became very concerned that our country had not advanced from the institutional care model his own grandmother lived in for 10 years during the 70's and 80's. Visiting her often, he saw first hand then the concerns that still plague senior care today.
Affordability and annual double-digit healthcare cost increases have added greatly to the mix of concerns. He decided to create an option that addressed the many issues that are inherent to institutional care. A new model had to be created that removed the challenging labor issues of high costs and high turnover that directly effects care quality of institutional care. To accomplish this it had to be designed around family caregivers. It had to be more affordable and obtainable by all income classes of people. It needed to address isolation, generational bonding, and allow seniors to age at home near their family, which is something seniors and families want.
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