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WHATAssists elderly in home improvement, home modifications, and helps them assess options, obtain finance and supports them through the repair process.
WHYTo increase the independence and quality of life of elderly homeowners by taking a person-centered approach to aging and providing support with home repairs and improvements.
WHERECare and Repair Manchester. Manchester, England, UK.

Program Description

"Before a contractor gets on our lists we get two character references for them and ensure they have correct insurance cover. Then after every job a contractor does for one of our clients we get feedback. If our staff find a contractor difficult to deal with our clients aren't happy with the work they complete we remove them from the list. If you do have a problem with work carried out by one of our contractors we can help you resolve the issue."

Senior homeowners are most likely to live in housing in need of repairs or in a home that no longer meets their needs as they are aging. Home improvement agencies offer home repairs and modifications to make life easier so that elderly can "stay put" or "age in place" and avoid moving into long-term care facilities.

The “Care and Repair Manchester” Program sends a home safety assessor to the home of an elderly client to discuss home improvement services. Home modifications may be recommended such as the installation of the following:

  • Grab rails for the bath and shower and by front and back entrances
  • Stair banister/ hand rails
  • Non-slip bathmats and shower mats for fall prevention
  • Carpet trims
  • Securing of flexes and cables
  • Power-down plugs free of charge
  • Fire safety Smoke alarms free of charge

Manchester Care & Repair’s Home Repairs Support Team visits the home of the elderly, makes an assessment for any home improvements, obtains competitive quotes from reputable contractors builders, plumbers, roofers, electricians and supervise and inspect the work if you decide to go ahead.

Examples of home improvements for elderly include:

-Roofs, gutters and drains
-Repair or Install new windows and doors
-Electrics, heating and plumbing to promote energy efficiency

The Home Improvement Agency can offer financial help such as:
  • Advice on making a claim for welfare benefits entitlement and assistance to cover the cost of home repairs or home modifications
  • Interest free HELP (Home Energy Loan Plan) loans for energy saving measures
  • Interest free PERL (Property Essential Repair Loan) or MWA (Minor Works Assistance) loans for necessary repairs
  • Releasing some of the equity in your property to pay for repairs

The labour for most minor home repair is covered by the “Care and Repair Manchester” Home Improvement Agency and elderly pay for the materials. The support and advice services from staff of “Care and Repair Manchester” are free of charge.

HandyHelp around the home is available to elderly and may include:

-Limited brickwork and patch plastering
-Gate repair, replacing broken hinges, fitting padbolts and padlocks
-Fitting curtain rails and blinds and replacing light bulbs
-Drainage work unblocking sinks or gullies and small heating and plumbing issues,bleeding radiators, replacing taps and tightening washers, leaking toilets
-Internal doors, fitting door furniture, security measures and draught-proofing
-Furniture repair and internal joinery, erecting shelving and re-fixing loose floorboards

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

Foundations National Body for Home Improvement Agency -An 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. England, United Kingdom UK.

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

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.

Find out more about the “Care and Repair Manchester” Program

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