Here are answers to common questions about Evernest.
Evernest seems too good to be true! Why have I not heard of this until now?
Every game-changing new idea is met with some initial resistance, but many of the most respected minds in senior care are getting behind multigenerational living arrangements as a solution to the problems with senior housing today. AARP even recently acknowledged the growing trend here: www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2017/granny-pods-small-homes-fd.html. The technology and laws that support at-home caregiving are finally catching up to the need for more affordable, more accessible care options. While Evernest supports aging-in-place where it makes sense, Evernest provides an easy, convenient option when it is time to move a loved one closer to family.
Is Evernest safe?
The safety of our residents is our highest priority. The Evenest team has been designing and building healthcare facilities for more than twenty years and has incorporated the current best safety practices into Evernest. Evernest is designed and constructed to meet or exceed local and state building codes and contains many safety features normally found only in advanced healthcare facilities.
Is Evernest allowed where I live?
Evernest is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), which is defined in most zoning ordinances. While not every municipality allows ADUs, most do and it's becoming a more common building type. In fact, several states have recently adopted special ordinances that specifically allow ADUs for healthcare purposes! Contact us to learn more and to find out if Evernest is currently allowed where you live.
Is Evernest a Granny Pod?
Multigenerational families living in the same home is far more common in many other cultures than it is here in the United States, where more than two million seniors live in institutional senior housing. Other cultures have adopted terms like Granny Flat or In-law Cottage to refer to small, private structures that allow extended families to live on the same property without crowding each other's personal space. Despite the rapidly increasing interest in ADUs in the U.S., the term Granny Pod was initially used by early critics to equate the facilities to storage containers and it has unfortunately caught on. Fortunately, many senior care experts and lawmakers are now advocating strongly for ADUs as a senior housing option. Evernest couples the convenience of an ADU with a network of caregiving resources to create a comprehensive care platform.
Is Evernest a tiny house?
Tiny houses are as much a lifestyle as they are a housing type. Tiny houses have proven to countless adopters that they don't need a big house and lots of possessions to be happy, what they need is independence and the freedom to live where they want. Seniors are one of the largest adopters of the tiny house movement, and Evernest gives seniors all of the benefits of a tiny house and more! While tiny houses don't have a universally-accepted definition, they are typically built on wheels which makes them problematic from a code standpoint. Though it can be placed almost anywhere, Evernest sits on a concrete foundation and can only be moved with specialized equipment. Evernest also includes proprietary design features and technology to ensure that residents can maintain their health and independence as they age.
How big is Evernest?
A basic Evernest is 320 square feet, and takes up about the same amount of space as a standard two-car garage. However, Evernest is designed to feel much larger by making use of high ceilings, lots of windows and space-saving amenities. While Evernest is about the same size as an average hotel room, if you need more space we can expand your Evernest with additional modules.
Is Evernest available nation-wide?
Evernest is designed to be installed anywhere in the country. We are currently only taking reservations for new deliveries in Texas, but please use our no-obligation Reservation Form to be notified when Evernest is available in your state.