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Stay Warm, Stay Well, Stay Safe – care and repair service

Cheshire East Council is doing its bit to support older and disabled people with home repairs and adaptations to keep them safe, warm and independent in their homes.

As part of the Cheshire East Adult Safeguarding Board’s Stay Warm, Stay Well, Stay Safe campaign, the Council has put together a wealth of information on the subject, among many others, at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter

Care and repair is a service for older and disabled people, guiding them through the often complex or daunting process of carrying out repairs and adaptations in their own home.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “If you are over 60, or if someone in your household has a disability, Cheshire East Council can help.

“People may need advice about home repairs or adapting their home to suit their needs or there may be small jobs around the home that they can no longer do.

“We aim to keep the charges as low as possible to make the service affordable and all advice and information is free of charge.

“We can offer help with many types of work around the home, from fixing a dripping tap to building an extension.”

Care and repair can also help by:

· Offering technical advice and information about repairs and adaptations;

· Drawing up plans and specifications;

· Helping you to employ reputable contractors;

· Giving you tips on making your home warmer and finding available offers and grants;

· Providing you with information about other service to help you live independently in your own home; and

· Helping you to find ways to pay for the home repairs and adaptations and checking your entitlement to benefits.

Derek Thomas, the independent chair of the Adult Safeguarding Board, said: “Most of us want to live in our own homes and maintain our independence for as long as possible, often in the face of the of old age, disability and ill-health.

“Cheshire East Adult Safeguarding Board therefore welcomes the Council’s efforts to publicise initiatives like these, which are intended to assist its most vulnerable people, especially during the winter months, to feel warm, healthy and safe.

“This particular service can also help people to find loans and grants and give assistance with filling in application forms for funding.”

For more information, call 0300 123 5017 or visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/careandrepair