Care at home

Care and Repair agencies

Care and Repair services are Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) that offer a wide range of practical support and advice about improving your home. For example, HIAs know who you should turn to for help regarding major adaptations covered by a Disabled Facilities Grants (see ‘Who to contact’, below). Most HIA services are for older and/or disabled people living in private sector housing (owner-occupiers; tenants of private landlords).

Care and Repair (Northampton) Ltd provides a handyperson service across Northamptonshire for carers and people they care for (regardless of property ownership) which include assessment, advice, supply and equipment fitting for:

• traditional handyperson service: small repairs and home improvements for older and disabled people (eg: fitting curtain tracks; flat pack furniture assembly; shelving; cat flaps; garden fences and gates);

• falls prevention: minor adaptations that help prevent the risk of a fall, to make daily life easier within the home and improve access to the property;

• home security: a wide range of security measures (depending on what you need/want), from simple window restrictors to all types of locks, security grilles, shock alarms, door alarms and mail boxes; and

• ‘Safe at Home’: (for children under 5): we can also provide advice and work to help keep grandchildren safe at home (stairgates; fire guards; medicine drawer/cupboard locks, etc).

The handyperson service is registered with Northamptonshire Trading Standards Buy with Confidence Scheme; some of its charges are subsidised (low cost rates, please ring for a quotation). You can request handyperson help yourself (by calling 01604 782250) or this can be done on your behalf by somebody else such as a member of your family, a friend, or a care worker.