(pronounced like the initials: ay-dee-yoo)
As more Baby Boomers want to age in place, delaying or avoiding moving into assisted living communities and nursing homes altogether, the idea of the accessory apartment has grown, establishing itself in the building industry as an “accessory dwelling unit” or ADU. Still the concept of a smaller home placed on the property of a larger one, ADUs allow one to transition into one’s older years in closer proximity to family while still preserving some independence.
As the market has grown, so has the sophistication of ADUs in the pre-fab unit market. Many are now constructed with energy-saving, sustainable features, as well as with materials and options to keep the residents safe, such as soft-fall flooring, monitoring equipment, grab bars and other balance aids.
See also: accessory apartment