We are just beginning to see the negative effect of COVID-19 in nursing homes all around the country. For now and for the foreseeable future, things don’t look too good for older folks; they are dying from COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than younger individuals. Furthermore, when living in a retirement community or nursing home, the risk is even greater.
We have always been advocates for Aging In Place. By helping seniors stay in their homes longer falls directly within our mission of enhancing the quality of life in the home and providing environmentally friendly solutions.
As home remodelers, we have noticed over the years that many people move from their family homes into assisted living because they can no longer maintain the home. To this end, we decided to start Stearns Home Care, a subsidiary of Stearns Design Build. Stearns Home Care is an annual subscription service that provides regular home maintenance, while concurrently allowing seniors to stay in their homes.
We want to help you and your loved ones stay safe. So, in these uncertain times, we are expanding beyond our subscription service to include any home maintenance tasks and aging in place modifications, such as ramps and grab bar installation.
We would like to introduce Stearns Home-Care, a subsidiary of Stearns Design Build, now provides an annual subscription service that provides regular home maintenance.
It includes a multitude of things such as cleaning gutters, maintaining fixtures and appliances, changing light bulbs and batteries, and checking and repairing weather stripping. A full spectrum of service is provided over six visits annually.
Seniors are staying in
their homes longer, otherwise known as aging in place. This is significantly
affecting their quality of life, all while dealing with financial issues.
Being at home allows
seniors a higher level of independence, while also reducing the stress of
individuals having to relocate. As you can imagine, a sense of connection to
personal space becomes heightened as we all age.
According to Census
Bureau projections, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to
nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. This, along with a
nursing shortage, is causing the assisted living options to increase in price.
Staying at home is just one way that seniors are alleviating their living costs.
We would like to introduce Stearns Home Care, a subsidiary of Stearns Design Build, now provides an annual subscription service that provides regular home maintenance, concurrently allowing seniors to stay in their homes longer. Simultaneously, the service is also available to those who prefer not to do home maintenance themselves or simply don’t have the time.
Owner Hugh Stearns,
said, “Over the years, we have noticed that many people move out of their
family home and into assisted living because they can no longer maintain the
home. This does not need to happen. Helping seniors stay in their home longer
falls directly within our mission of providing quality of life in the home and
providing environmentally friendly solutions.”
Stearns Home Care
service includes a multitude of things such as cleaning gutters, maintaining
fixtures and appliances, changing light bulbs and batteries, and checking and
repairing weather stripping. A full spectrum of service is provided over six
General manager Ben
Herrington said, “It is incredibly gratifying to know that we are helping
seniors stay in their homes longer. Each person and each home has its own set
In addition to the
maintenance service, Stearns Home Care is also available to provide aging in
place modifications such as ramps and grab bar installation.
Stearns said, “While
this service was created to assist people who want to stay in their family home
as long as possible, it is also popular with busy people who want their home
maintained but don’t have the time or desire to do what it takes. We find that
the typical homeowner does only a small amount of the maintenance necessary to
maintain a home’s full value and often a lack of maintenance leads to costly
repairs and shortened durability.”
We are excited to announce a new division of Stearns Design Build, Stearns Home-Care.
As remodelers, on a daily basis, we see the impact of a lack of maintenance. Often homeowners just don’t know how to do the maintenance. Other times they are busy professionals that don’t have time. The most troubling is when we see elderly people who just cannot keep up with it and have to leave their homes for assisted living sooner than they otherwise would. We see the unnecessary expense and inconvenience that comes from poor maintenance.
Offering a Home-Care program for routine maintenance was a natural fit for us, as it highlights three of our four core values. Maintaining a home preserves its Quality. This is something we do as an act of Caring for our clients. We are committed to building and maintaining Relationships. We love getting to know our clients and their homes. Our fourth core value is Honesty, which is transparent in everything that we do.
We know that your family home is your sanctuary and it’s a privilege and an honor to help take care of it.
Caulk is an important barrier against water and air leaks but it does not last very well. If the caulk is dried and cracked or if it has come loose you will need to replace it. When repairing caulk clean all of the old caulk out and clean the surfaces. Use a hair dryer to make sure that the surface is very dry before you apply caulk. If you are dealing with a gap of 1/8” or larger, we recommend that you use backer rod before applying caulk. If you are not experienced with a caulk gun, it is a good idea to run a piece of tape along either side of the caulk line, leaving enough room for the caulk to make good surface contact. Once you have smoothed the caulk you can pull the tape and have a very clean professional looking caulk joint. With the grout you will be checking for a few things. First check to make sure that it is clean. Dirt and grime can discolor grout. Often when grout is dirty it will take on more of a modeled look. Using a cleaning solution scrub a small section of grout to see if it changes color. If it does it will need to be cleaned. Depending on how dirty it is, this process will determine how you will need to clean it. There are specialized, often toxic, grout cleaning products. Almost always the most important ingredient in cleaning grout is elbow grease. Once the grout is clean you can check for loose and cracked grout that will need to be removed and repaired. If the grout does not seem to be overly dirty or in need of repair, check to make sure that the sealer is still working. If water beads up on it, the sealer is working. If you have to scrub the grout, clean it or if water did not bead up on it you will need to reseal it. There are many different sealers on the market. While we specify penetrating grout sealers in new construction they are usually not a good choice for resealing because previously sealed grout will not allow absorption. In most instances we recommend an acrylic surface sealer for regrouting. Read the instructions carefully and follow all of the recommended steps accordingly. This is not difficult but attention to detail is important.