29 May 2010

Advice available for older people's adaptions to homes

The Lambeth website has information on an important scheme that will allow older people to stay in their own homes through implementing appropriate adaptions and repairs.

The service is available to all Lambeth tenants and home owners.

Information is on the Lambeth website:
If you are an older person who is a Lambeth tenant or homeowner, there is a special service to help with repairs and adaptations to your home.
A call to a dedicated Lambeth 1 Call telephone line - 020 7926 1400 - will be answered by specially trained advisors who can provide information and offer direct access to a range of services.
This includes the council's Home Improvement Agency, which assists older and disabled people in private housing who are on a low income and need repairs or adaptations if they are to keep living in their home. The service offers a home visit to talk about what is needed and how to pay for it.
A grant or interest free loan may be available to help with adaptations, repairs, safety and security, energy efficiency improvements and heating.
It can also put callers in touch with the Age Concern Lambeth Handypersons Service, providing practical help for older and disabled residents with jobs around the home that they may find difficult, such as mending a dripping tap, hanging curtains, moving furniture, for example. The Handyperson Service can also carry out a home safety check to identify hazards and improve home security.
The Lambeth 1 Call number also helps Lambeth Living tenants with repairs, advising on which repairs can be undertaken and making appointments for specific dates.

"We will tell you if there are grants or loans available from the Council or other organisations, but you do not need a grant to use our service, " said Councillor Jim Dickson, Lambeth council cabinet member elect for health and wellbeing.

"We can also put you in touch with other people who can help, for example the occupational therapy service or the Every Pound Counts Campaign, which supports residents in claiming all the benefits to which they are entitled.
"So don’t delay, ring 020 7926 1400 today."