Help for people to hold on to their homes

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2012

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A NEW contract has been set up by North Somerset Council and a care agency to help older and disabled people live in their own homes for longer.

The authority and West of England Care & Repair aim to deliver a service which will give these people extra support to do just that.

Under this new contract the agency will deliver minor repairs through a handyvan service at a small charge, provide information on housing issues and offer help to those who need major adaptations to their homes.

The council and agency also hope to supply a centre in Weston which will allow potential customers to test out equipment, aimed at helping them with their mobility, such as seat raisers and level-access showers.

The agency will also give advice on any grants, charities and low-cost loans that could help pay for major building works.

Leader of North Somerset Council and executive member for adult care, Cllr Nigel Ashton, said he believes the new service will benefit both the council and service users.

He said: “Familiar surroundings are important and the equipment and aids available, at comparatively little cost, have a massive effect on the quality of life for people while also avoiding the need for them to go into far more expensive residential care, which will also save the council money.

“It’s a win-win situation and I’m pleased we are continuing our close working relationship with WE Care & Repair.”

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