While many retirement living seniors enter an assisted living facility when they're older, the decision is often a difficult one. Some seniors miss residing near their families or being close to the house they love.
Now, one person is aiming to keep seniors safe without entering a nursing home.
Reverend Dupin has invented the MEDcottage, a portable living facility that can be placed in a close friend or relative's backyard, according to the Washington Post.
Dupin said the idea came to him when he visited an assisted living facility and saw a woman who missed her family.
"When I got there, she was absolutely devastated, and she asked me if I could take her home. That stuck in my head," he told the news source.
The MEDcottage would come equipped with technology that monitors vital signs, air filters and video equipment to communicate with the outside world.
"Personally, I believe it really potentially could have a huge impact on revolutionizing health care," Janis P. Terpenny, a Virginia engineering professor who is working with Dupin, told the news outlet.
According to the Administration on Aging, assisted living facilities may cost up to $50,000 per year.