VT KnowledgeWorks Member Company N2Care Revolutionizes Caring with MEDCottage

A version of this post by Donna Dilley originally appeared on Handshake 2.0.  N2Care, maker of MEDCottage, is a VT KnowledgeWorks member company.

Donna Dilley shares a handshake with Kenneth Dupin, founder of the MEDCottageWith the fervor of an evangelist, a revolution in caring for loved ones was introduced by Kenneth Dupin, CEO of N2Care at the Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia, on July 19, 2010.  Dupin unveiled the MEDCottage, a portable, modular, high-tech medical home designed to make it possible for families to take care of loved ones on their property as an alternative to long-term care facilities.

Inspiration for the MEDCottage came to Dupin from observing families across the globe caring for the aged in their own homes. Costing $2000.00 per month to lease, the MEDCottage could be a real solution to lower U.S. health care costs and bring families closer together.

"This is the house that sacrifice built," Dupin said. 

Many local Virginians contributed to the N2Care vision becoming a reality, according to Dupin, as he had no money to bring his concept to fruition. Dupin credits the Virginia Tech College of Engineering for their ingenuity and innovation with many of the smart technologies that the cottage possesses. He credits Cardinal Manufacturing for construction of the prototype and the work of local Virginia Assembly Delegate Morgan Griffith for the political effort that it took to pass HB 1307 "Zoning Provisions for Temporary Family Healthcare Structures" into law. The MedCottage is designed to comply with local zoning ordinances throughout the nation.

While the budding venture has positive supporters, naysayers are around. Fairfax county supervisor, Jeff McKay unaffectionately called the MedCottage "the granny pod" in a recent article in the Washington Post. But according to a poll of readers of the Washington Post, seventy percent of the readers would buy or lease the MEDCottage. That's great news as angel investors are needed to provide 3 to 5 million dollars to bring the MEDCottage to market.

You're invited to view photos of the MEDCottage unveiling by Donna Dilley on Handshake 2.0's Facebook page.

Donna Dilley is a business etiquette consultant based In Roanoke, Virginia.  She writes a business etiquette column for Valley Business FRONT.

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