BLACKSBURG – As part of his pastoral duties, the Rev. Kenneth Dupin often visits the old, the ill and the frail.
“I never visited anyone who said they wanted to be in a nursing home,” Dupin recalled recently. “I said to myself, ‘Why are they?’ It basically comes down to there not being many options.”
So the pastor of Salem Wesleyan Church came up with an option – a 12-by-24-foot modular home designed for a back yard in lieu of a nursing home – only to discover that the intersection of ministering and health care is more complicated than he first thought.
Six years after he came up with his “MEDCottage” idea, Dupin is still tweaking a business plan to make and sell the homes nationwide.
Although sales are significantly less than projected, he remains confident that the concept will catch on.