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A message from Home Smart Industries

To Our Valued Customers,

As a valued customer of Home Smart, we appreciate the trust you place in us and our people when you invite us into your home.

In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to interact with others smarter and more consciously. That’s why we want to update you with the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety during your experiences with our team.

There is no higher priority to our entire Home Smart family than the Safety of our Customers and Employees. We stay updated with the very latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), medical professionals, government agencies, and our own internal safety teams to stay on top of this evolving situation.

We are closely following the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have shared specific instructions with our employees on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick. A strict travel policy for our employees is in place, including for any who are returning from an area of the world identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk.

Per CDC recommendations, we will ask employees who have traveled to such locations or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations to self-quarantine for 14 days. According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

We want you to feel confident when you choose Home Smart. As a result, we have enhanced some of our cleaning procedures in the interest of our Customers’ and Employees’ health and safety. We are also adding CDC-approved, hospital-grade hand sanitizer at the front entrances, exits, restrooms and in the vehicles of our traveling employees. Sanitizing wipes are near workstations and counters so that our team can keep them clean at all times. Additionally, as part of our Prevention and Control Plan, we provide our employees with masks that can be worn upon request while in your home.

We also know that many of you have scheduled Design or Safety Consultations with us. If you have any concerns, simply call our office to reschedule your consultation. Be confident that we are monitoring and acting on this developing situation closely. We are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence in us at the forefront of everything we do.

Thank you for your trust in Home Smart. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Helping Seniors Stay Healthy During the Holidays

I read this article and just HAD to share this great advice to help the seniors in your life stay healthy during the holidays.

5 Ways to Check on Aging Relatives During the Holidays

“For many of us, the holidays are a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors. For those of us who aren’t able to see our aging loved ones and elderly neighbors on a regular basis, a holiday visit allows us to reconnect personally, but it also gives us the chance to get a good handle on their health and well-being.

This year when you make your holiday visits, I would encourage you to include the seniors in your life—not only to share well wishes for the holidays with them, but to make sure that they are living well.

There are five simple things you can incorporate into your visit to help you get a better handle on how your aging loved ones are doing:

1. Greet them with a hug

In addition to being a nice way to share a friendly greeting, a hug will give you clues as to how fit they are. Do they feel steady? How is their stature? Do they hug back? Do they smell clean or do they have a concerning odor? Have they lost or gained weight?

Weight loss may be indicative of a number of things. It might be social or financial concerns that keep them from shopping. They may have difficulty cooking because they can no longer read the fine print on food labels. Maybe they are having difficulty following the directions or grasping the utensils correctly. Weight loss could indicate a loss of taste or smell. Or it could be something more serious such as malnutrition, dementia, depression or cancer. It could also indicate a loss of taste or smell, or it could be something more serious, such as malnutrition, dementia, depression or even cancer.

Weight gain could be a result of anything from decreased mobility, to diabetes, or even dementia. It is not uncommon for people with dementia to forget that they already ate. They might be looking for lunch at 1 p.m. when they ate at noon.

2. Take the time to sit and listen

Listening is truly the lost art in communicating. Most of us are so busy talking and asking questions that we fail to actually listen. Listening to the seniors in our life often requires a combination of what I call “pretend and patience”. Pretend that it’s the very first time you’ve heard the same story for the umpteenth time, and do it with all focus and interest that you can. Be patient. Remember one day you may be the one telling that same story again.

While it is true that we all forget things from time to time and that modest memory problems are a fairly common part of aging, there is a difference between normal changes in memory and the type of memory loss that makes it hard to do everyday things such as driving and shopping.

Signs of a memory loss that may require a closer assessment might include:

  • asking the same questions over and over again in a short period of time
  • getting lost in places that were once familiar
  • not being able to follow basic directions
  • confusing times, people and places

3. Ask about their friends

Talk to them about their social life.Are they connecting with friends? Have they maintained interest in former hobbies and other activities? Are they involved in organizations, clubs or faith-based communities? Social isolation may be indicative of physical, emotional, and psychological diseases and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Are there dangers at home?

4. Act like a nosy neighbor

While no one professes to like a nosy neighbor, sometimes taking a closer look at the environment your loved one lives in can help you help them.

  • Look for clutter. While not everyone is the neatest, look to see if the clutter has become cumbersome. The inability to throw things away can be a sign of a neurological or physical issue. Clutter that spills onto the floor can also be a tripping hazard.
  • Rifle through their mail. Do they have unopened personal mail? Lots of us have unopened junk mail, but when you have a self-addressed letter, and it’s a personal letter, most of us would open that. Do they have opened bills or letters from banks or creditors? Thank you notes from charities? Sometimes these may be an indication that not only are they being generous, maybe they’re being forgetful givers. When they’ve been asked by one charity again and again to donate and they continue to do it, they may be getting taken advantage of and not even know it.
  • Open the refrigerator, drawers, cabinets and pantry. Look for perishables that are past their expiration dates. Green eggs and ham are only good in Dr. Seuss books. Do they have multiples of the same item? If they have ten boxes of fabric softener, but no laundry detergent it might indicate that they can’t remember from one shopping trip to the next what’s in the cupboards. Check the appliances—microwave, coffee maker, toaster, washer dryer—to see if they are in good working order. Look for signs of burns or small fires…charred stove knobs or pot bottoms, potholders with burned edges, a discharged fire extinguisher, or smoke detectors that have been disassembled. Accidents happen even to those of us with the best memories—but accidental fires are a common home danger for older adults. Look for spills in the refrigerator or counters that have not been cleaned up. Spills that haven’t been cleaned up are a common sign of dementia—the person lacks the follow-through to clean up after a mess. Or it may indicate that your loved one may have physical limitations and simply needs more help around the house.
  • Peek in their medicine cabinet. Look for expired, duplicate or empty medication bottles.
  • Pay attention to the pets and plants that they may have. Animals that don’t seem well tended to or plants that are dying, dead, or just gone, that may indicate how well that individual is able to take care of other living things, which ultimately says how well they’re able to take care of things in their own life.

5. Take a stroll or go for a ride

Pay close attention to how your loved one gets around. Do they have more difficulty getting up from a chair? How is their balance? Do they shuffle when they walk? Do they have trouble increasing their walking speed or slowing down? Difficulty with walking can be due to muscle weakness, joint pain or more serious conditions like Parkinson’s Disease. Limited mobility can lead to falls and injury and to a host of other problems, everything from from malnutrition to social isolation.

If your aging loved one still drives you may want to go for a short ride with them. When you do look for signs of safety concerns:

  • Do you notice any nicks or dents as you enter and exit the car?
  • Do they fasten their seatbelt?
  • Are any of the dashboard warning lights on indicating maintenance concerns?
  • Do they tailgate the care in front of them?
  • Do they drive consistently below the speed limit?
  • Do they confuse the brake and the gas pedal?

What to do when you have concerns

If your holiday visit with your aging loved one reveals some worrisome clues of trouble or you see crises unfolding before your eyes, there are steps you can take:

  • Share your concerns with your loved one. That alone might be enough for them to see a doctor or make other changes.
  • If you are not comfortable having that conversation, you may just want to encourage them to get a “regular” medical checkup. Consider reaching out to the doctor ahead of time, letting them know what your insights are. That can really help the doctor understand what to look for during that upcoming visit. Keep in mind that the doctor might need to verify that he or she has permission to speak with you about their care, which might include a signed form or waiver from them. You might even want to offer to schedule the visit yourself or to have someone accompany them to the doctor.
  • Address safety issues. Point out any potential safety issues that you see and work with them to find a solution.
  • Look into home care services. You could help them hire someone to clean the house and run errands. A home health care aide may be very helpful with daily activities, such as bathing, and Meals on Wheels may be a great way to look at providing community services and help prepare food. If remaining at home is a challenge, you might even suggest having them look into moving to an assisted living facility.
  • Seek help from local agencies. Your local agency on aging—which you can find using the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging—can connect you with services in your parents’ area. For example, the county in which your parents live might have social workers who can evaluate their needs and connect them with services, such as home health care.

Remember, sometimes your loved ones won’t admit they need help or they simply don’t realize that they need it. Make sure they know that you care about them and you just want them to be healthy and happy for many holidays to come.”

Thank you Mark Gloth, DO for this great article. The article in full can be found here. (https://promedicahealthconnect.org/general-health/5-ways-to-check-on-aging-relatives-during-the-holidays)

If your loved one has balance issues of limited mobility, consider making bathing a safer experience for them with a walk-in bath or safety shower. Home Smart provides free in-home Safety Consultations with estimates that give you a down to the penny price guaranteed for one year.

If your loved one has balance issues of limited mobility, consider making bathing a safer experience for them with a walk-in bath or safety shower. Home Smart provides free in-home Safety Consultations with estimates that give you a down to the penny price guaranteed for one year.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Bath Remodeling Contractor

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Bath Remodeling Contractor

At Home Smart Remodeling, we realize that a bathroom remodeling project is a considerable undertaking, that should not be taken lightly. So we’ve compiled the top 10 questions to ask a bathroom remodeler before hiring them. We hope this will help you select a qualified remodeler, like Home Smart Remodeling Solutions! 

1. How long have you been a bathroom professional? Home Smart Industries has been in business since 2001 (over 18 years!) 
2. How many projects like mine have you done in the last year? Year to date: 648 Bathrooms!
3. Do you have any references I may contact? Yes! Check Out our Facebook and Google reviews 
4. Were you formally trained? All our employees are trained and certified by Kohler along with their individual experience. 
5. Can you give me a timeline? Home Smart installs shower replacements and walk-in tubs in 1-2 days, not weeks! 
6. Who are your suppliers/ brands of products used? Home Smart exclusively sells products by Kohler, who has been manufacturing baths & showers in the USA for over 146 years. 
7. Are you licensed and registered with the state? Yes, NJ: 13VH04301900, DE: 8008206060, PA: 013302
8. Are you insured? We are insured in PA, DE, NJ, MD, VA, & DC. 
9. Is this a permanent or temporary fix? Liners can be a temporary fix for bathtubs but they ultimately have to be replaced. Our crushed stone shower walls are guaranteed to last the entire time you own your home. Plus, liners are almost as much as the cost of a replacement. Don’t choose a shower or bath liner. 
10. Will you put it in writing? Home Smart will visit your home and after measuring your bathroom, will calculate a down to the penny price guaranteed for one year. When you choose Home Smart, there will be no surprise fees due or additional costs the day of the installation. 

There you have it, folks. Make good decisions when you are hiring a contractor and research who you let into your home. If you’re interested in a free in-home estimate for a bath or shower replacement or walk-in tub from Home Smart, give us a call or fill out this form.
Are you looking for accessibility or handicap options? Check out our safety showers and walk-in baths.
Why Home Smart?
Bath Remodelers Dedicated to Your Satisfaction

Since our founding in 2001, Home Smart Industries has served homeowners throughout Pennsylvania,  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia helping them upgrade their bathrooms to better suit their needs. Our customers appreciate that, as a certified Kohler dealer, we’re backed by the industry’s leading manufacturer. And, since we focus exclusively on remodeling the “wet area” of the bathroom, meaning tubs and showers, we have more specialized knowledge than companies that provide many other services in addition to remodeling baths. This expertise translates into better design advice and a more precise installation for you.

By always putting our customers first, Home Smart has received numerous forms of recognition within the industry, such as Remodeling Magazine’s Big50 Award and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. But above all else, we take pride in knowing the difference we’ve made in the lives of the homeowners we serve.

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