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"FOUNDATIONS NATIONAL BODY FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY AND HANDYPERSON SERVICE" PROGRAM

WHATAn organization that groups together home improvement agencies, which aim to assist vulnerable, elderly, disabled or low-income homeowners to modify, repair, or adapt their homes so that they may live more independently with dignity. Also known as Care and Repair or Staying Put Schemes.
WHYTo allow elderly homeowners to live safely and independently in their own homes as long as possible as they "stay put" or "age in place
WHEREFoundations.
England,United Kingdom.


Program Description


"Evidence consistently shows that older people place great value on services that offer them "that little bit of help" and enable them to remain living independently in their own homes. Handyperson services are perhaps one of the best examples of "that little bit of help", assisting older, disabled and vulnerable people with small building repairs, minor adaptations such as the installation of grab rails and temporary ramps, 'odd' jobs (such as putting up shelves, moving furniture), falls and accident prevention checks, and home safety and energy efficiency checks."
-foundations.uk.com

There are approximately 200 home improvement agencies in England and sometimes known as care & repair or staying put schemes.

Home improvement agencies provide a range of services to the elderly, disabled or low income. "Foundations" provides elderly with services such as:

  • Providing a list of reliable local builders and contractors
  • Visiting elderly at home to give advice about any problems with the condition of their home or home improvement suggestions
  • Going over housing options and helping elderly decide which is best for their situation
  • Helping elderly obtain other local support services
  • Checking whether elderly are entitled to any financial help such as disability benefits, or home improvement grants to help repair or adapt the home
  • Helping with home improvement work on a home such as, drawing up plans, estimates and liaising with others involved in the work, such as council grants officers and occupational therapists
  • Handyperson services, to carry out small jobs and help with gardening, or coming home from hospital. Minor home adaptations for elderly may include: installation of grab rails or temporary wheelchair or access ramps, putting up curtain rails and shelves, moving furniture, elderly home safety checks, checking and replacing window and door locks, checking or repairing or replacing appliances, falls and accident prevention checks, securing loose,
  • Helping make homes of the elderly more energy-efficient by installing low energy light bulbs, and draft proofing.

The first visit from the "Foundations" home improvement agent along with any advice is free. Most home improvement agencies or staying put schemes charge a fee for home improvement work or it is possible that work may that may be covered in part by any eligible home improvement grants.
source: foundations.uk.com

Care and Repair Cymru Home Improvements for Elderly and Disabled Offers independent advice and assistance to help elderly or disabled homeowners repair, improve or adapt their homes so that they can live in comfort and safely in their own community. Scotland, United Kingdom, UK.

Care and Repair Home Improvment Agencies in United Kingdom UK

Care and Repair Cymru Home Improvements for Elderly and Disabled Scotland - Offers independent advice and assistance to help elderly or disabled homeowners repair, improve or adapt their homes so that they can live in comfort and safely in their own community. Scotland, United Kingdom, UK.

Care and Repair Cymru Home Improvements for Elderly and Disabled Care & Repair Cymru Wales - The "Older People's Housing Champion" is a national charity working to ensure that elderly are living safely in their homes that are still meeting their physical needs. Home improvement assistance and support is provided to elderly. In Wales, United Kingdom

Houseproud Home Improvement Program - A not-for-profit staying put scheme helping coordinate home improvements, home repairs and adaptations to homes of elderly in the England, United Kingdom UK

Care and Repair Leicester Program - Home improvement agency that helps elderly or disabled persons to repair, maintain or adapt their homes through a housing advisor visit and support during contractor work. Home repairs and modifications allow elderly to "stay put" or "age in place" and avoid moving into long-term care facilities. Leicester, England. United Kingdom UK

Care and Repair Manchester Program - Assists elderly in home improvement, home modifications, helps them assess options, obtain finance and supports them through the repair process. So they can "stay put" or "age in place" and avoid moving into long-term care facilities. Manchester, England, United Kingdom UK

Barnet Care and Repair Home Improvement Agency Program - Home improvement agency that helps elderly or disabled persons "stay put" in their own homes by repairing, maintaining or adapting their homes through a housing advisor visit and support during contractor work.London, England, United Kingdom UK

Bishop Creighton House Care and Repair Program - A home improvement agency providing support for elderly or the disabled helping them maintain their independence and remain in their own homes or "stay put" for as long as possible. London, England, United Kingdom UK

Mears's Home Improvement Agency Services Program - Through the use of home repairs, aids, home adaptations, home improvements agencies can empower elderly individuals to live independently at home. England, United Kingdom UK

FOLD Staying Put Home Improvement Program - The "FOLD-Staying Put Home Improvement" Program is similar to a care and repair or home improvement agency that helps elderly and those with disabilities by offering free practical advice and support to adapt their homes through the Housing Executive Grants Scheme. Ireland. United Kingdom, UK.

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