Home Consulting Engineers
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a STÅ Plan?
A STÅ Plan (pronounced Stay Plan) is the written result of a careful deliberative process that provides the homeowner with comprehensive information that answers the following common questions:
- Can I continue to stay-at-home as I age?
- What would it take for me to safely age-in-place?
- What should I do to my home, and when and at what cost, for me to successfully age-in-place?
2. How does a professionally prepared STÅ Plan compare to information contained in do-it-yourself (DIY) resources such as age-in-place books or helpful tools such as the AARP ® HomeFit Guide?
DIY resources provide a general appreciation for the breadth of things that could be done to a home to help one age-in-place, but leave it to the homeowner to figure out applicability to his/her situation. A STÅ Plan, on the other hand, helps a homeowner answer the big question of SHOULD you stay in your current home as you age, and if YES is the answer, provides:
- A detailed comprehensive analysis with a resulting plan to continue living in that home in a safe and satisfying manner for at least the next ten years and, baring any significant changes in health and medical status, for the next 20-30 years.
- A current assessment and ten-year forecast of the resident’s abilities to perform activities vital to independent living, including outside help with some of the activities.
- A room-by-room functional analysis of potential challenges to identified vital personal activities, followed by actionable, mitigating projects.
- A ten-year roadmap of mitigating projects, identifying scope, timeframe and approximate cost.
- A 30-year forecast of routine major costs to maintain this home.
- A 2-D floor plan of key sections of the house, identifying personal activity locations.
- 3-D visualizations of key mitigating projects to assist with project implementation Scope and Process.
3. How much does a STÅ Plan cost?
The initial visit is a no-cost consultation. Thereafter, cost is arrived at on a case-by-case basis, considering such factors as the size and condition of the home, the health of the homeowner, and the ability of the homeowner to accomplish specific activities of daily living. A cost estimate is prepared following the initial home visit.
4. Does theESHgroup help me accomplish any of the recommended home projects in the STÅ Plan?
We are home consulting engineers, providing objective recommendations and an implementing roadmap to the homeowner. Our staff includes licensed engineers and architects (most of whom are trained and certified by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors), licensed occupational therapists and experienced 3D modelers. TheESHgroup would be available upon request to help the homeowner with selecting and working with potential home remodeling contractors.
5. Which locations do you currently serve as home consulting engineers?
Our current service area is in Northern Virginia, primarily Fairfax County, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, City of Fairfax, and Loudoun County. These areas are identified as having USPS zip codes of:
20110, 20111, 20120, 20121, 20124, 20151, 20152, 20170, 20171, 20190, 20191, 20194, 22003, 22015, 22027, 22030, 22031, 22032, 22033, 22034, 22035, 22036, 22039, 22041, 22042, 22043, 22044, 22045, 22046, 22060, 22066, 22079, 22101, 22102, 22124, 22125, 22150, 22151, 22152, 22153, 22159, 22180, 22181, 22182, 22185, 22201, 22202, 22203, 22204, 22205, 22206, 22207, 22208, 22209, 22211, 22213, 22214, 22301, 22302, 22303, 22304, 22305, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22311, 22312, 22314, 22315, 22331, 22332
6. I live out of your service area. Can I still obtain your services for a loved one who lives within your service area?
Yes. This situation is ideal for those concerned about the safety and quality-of-life of a parent or other loved one.
7. Is theESHgroup CAPS certified?
TheESHgroup has specifically chosen to have many of its staff trained and certified as Certified Senior Advisors (CSA)® by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. Our CSAs have supplemented their individual professional licenses, credentials and education with extensive knowledge about aging and working with older adults.
The Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) program was developed by the National Association of Home Builders, working with the AARP and others, designed to teach a person the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for seniors and the elderly. When theESHgroup helps the homeowner with implementing any recommended home projects in the STÅ Plan, preference is given to working with CAPS remodelers and design-build professionals.