Care homes or nursing homes were thought of as the only care option for later life for a long time. Needing care in old age meant either getting cared for by your family in their home or going into a care home. Yet the vast majority of elderly people do not want to go into a care home if they become unable to care for themselves. So there has to be a better alternative to forcing those who need care into a residential home or retirement village they do not want to be in.
One option that is usually overlooked when it comes to housing elderly parents is a garden annexe or granny annexe as they are more commonly referred to.
How Will Your Family Benefit from A Garden Annexe?
A garden annexe is a luxurious custom-built, prefab building that fits comfortably into your back garden. If you’d like your parents to live closer to you, whilst still maintaining their independence, a garden annexe may be the perfect choice for you.
Garden annexes are basically a luxury mini bungalow! A garden annexe usually has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom or a wet room, a living area and a kitchen/dining area. These spacious annexes are also accessible and can include optional aids, such as grab rails and wheelchair ramps. So, your parents won’t lose the quality of life if they become less mobile. And with your ageing parents living so close to your home, you’ll know they’re being properly looked after. Better yet, your family will get to spend quality time together.
Garden Annexes Provide Greater Control Over the Safety
A large proportion of deaths during the coronavirus pandemic have sadly happened in care homes. While elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill from coronavirus, there are other reasons the crisis has hit care homes hardest. Infections such as COVID-19 can spread quickly in settings such as care homes because of close contact between residents. And without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for carers, the virus can be unintentionally spread.
Having an annexe in your garden means you can monitor and control your elderly parents’ health and provide a greater means of avoiding viruses and illnesses that can be more easily spread in a more communal environment like a care home.
A Garden Annexe is a Cost-Effective Solution
Housing your elderly parents in a garden annexe at your home can often be the more cost-effective option available to you!
With care home costs always on the up, a garden annexe can offer a cost-effective elderly care alternative. For example, Super Spaces economically priced garden annexes start at £35,500 fully installed. The average cost of a care home in the UK, in 2018/19, was £32,344 a year or £44,512 a year with included nursing care. It goes without saying that paying £30k-£40k per year will quickly drain your parents’ hard-earned retirement pot.
Planning Permission Requirements
If you’re considering a garden annexe as an elderly care alternative for your ageing parents, it’s essential that you’re equipped with all the information. And that includes planning permission. Planning permission is usually required for most garden annexes, but don’t let it be a deterrent!
Get a Bespoke Garden Annexe Today
At Super Spaces, we know that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we offer a range of insulated garden annexes, each of which can be fully customised to best suit the needs of your elderly parents, your garden, and your personal requirements.
Unsure about whether to have a garden annexe built as an alternative to a care home for your elderly parents? We will discuss with you all the options available, and any site preparation required before installation. All our modern garden annexes are handcrafted and can be installed in your garden at any location throughout Sussex and Kent. Installation of our garden annexes is included FREE within the price we quote you and there are no hidden costs.
For an accurate garden room annexe cost, contact the Super Spaces team. We will arrange a free, no-obligation detailed quotation for your garden annexe project.