Home maintenance and adaptations
Our handyperson service can help you with jobs which can keep you healthy, safe and secure in your own home and include:
- Fitting grab rails and stair rails
- Moving furniture (hospital discharge)
- Chair raisers
- Toilet frames
- Shower seats
- Removing trip hazards
- Key safes
- BT extensions
All referrals to this service if made by a relevant health professional are free of charge.
Our chargeable service can offer help with small repairs and DIY jobs around the home.
The kinds of small jobs that our Handyperson can do for you include the following (but this is not an exhaustive list):
Gates & Fences (repair, replacing broken hinges, fitting padbolts and padlocks)
Fitting curtain rails, poles and blinds
Plumbing works e.g. unblocking sinks, bleeding radiators, (replacing tap washers is free of charge)
Internal joinery e.g. Easing and refitting doors, erecting shelving and boxing in pipes, assembling flat pack furniture
Security: fitting spy holes, door chains, door locks, window locks
What is a handy person service?
Our Handyperson services are there to help you stay healthy, safe and secure in and out of your home.
For more information please contact the team.
The paid for service costs £35.64 per hour (minimum charge) plus the cost of materials. We can assess the work before hand and advise you of the cost before any work is carried out.
Care and Repair
If you need a trade person e.g. plumber or electrician to carry out work in your home we can offer practical help and supporting you through the entire process. We cannot pay for building or repair works but we can help you to avoid rogue traders.
We can assist with obtaining quotes from reputable contractors , liaising with them and organising payment on your behalf. We charge £12.60 for this service (this does not include any works undertaken).
We can also offer a full technical service which includes inspecting your property, drawing up a schedule of the work so that contractors are clear about what is needed. obtaining quotes, site inspection to make sure the work is done properly. The cost is 11% of the value of the works + VAT minimum charge £192.
The types of work that we commonly deal with are listed below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Roofs, gutters and drains
New windows and doors (or repairs to existing)
Electrics, heating and plumbing
Gardening and Decorating
If you or someone living with has a disability and they are assessed by an occupational therapist as needing an adaptation we may be able to assist you with the cost.
Following your assessment the council will decide if it will support the recommended adaptation and if so we will progress your application for a disabled facilities grant.
The type of work undertaken includes improving access to, from and around your home. access to the garden, bathroom adaptations. lifts and hoists.
If the cost of your adaptation in under £2000 you will not have to contribute towards the cost. If the cost is over £2000 the amount paid will be based on a financial assessment (means test). This takes account of your income, savings and capital assets and that of your partner. Children’s cases and some tenants of social registered landlords are not subjected to a means test.
If you do not wish to proceed through this process you can use our Care and Repair service to assist you make the adaptation yourself. You would have to pay for the work yourself along with our fee but you would receive all our support and expertise through the process.
To arrange an assessment of your needs with an occupational therapist and begin the application process please contact the Customer Services Officers on 01744 676600 and ask for an occupational therapist assessment.
All disabled people and their carers are entitled to an assessment of their needs.