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Condition of the home, garden and surroundings

Homes in need of general maintenance cause other related problems which can result in safety issues.

General maintenance

Are there signs of:

  • broken fixtures and fittings that are in need of repair
  • taps that are hard to turn
  • baths that are difficult to use
  • inadequate rails for safe access

What you can do

Who can help?

Arrange for:
  • damaged fittings to be repaired or replaced
  • rails to be fixed to help stability

You may be able to reduce some risks yourself, or a friend, neighbour, relative or carer might help.

You could contact a local Home Improvement Agency who assist vulnerable homeowners and private sector tenants.

They will visit and give advice about problems with the condition of the home, offer a handy person service for small jobs around the home or offer advice on making the home more energy efficient.

You could try Hampshire County Council Occupational Therapists for advice. (HCC OT's) are responsible for carrying out assessments and providing services that help people remain as independent as possible in their own homes

Gardens and surroundings

Are there signs of:

  • garden steps that need repairing
  • broken pathways
  • overgrown garden in need of attention

What you can do

Who can help?

Arrange for:
  • gardening support

You may be able to reduce some risks yourself, or a friend, neighbour, relative or carer might help.

You might like to try The Shaw Trust, Trading Standards Buy With Confidence web site or Age Concern Hampshire for a gardener.

The Hampshire Gardening Initiative web pages also have good ideas.

You could contact a local Home Improvement Agency who assist vulnerable homeowners and private sector tenants.

They will visit and give advice about problems with the condition of the home, offer a handy person service for small jobs around the home or offer advice on making the home more energy efficient.

 
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Contact numbers

Home Improvement agencies

  • East Hants, Fareham, Hart, Havant, and Rushmoor
    Tel: 0845 266 8757
  • New Forest, Test Valley
    Tel: 01425 482773
  • Basingstoke & Deane, Eastleigh, Gosport and Winchester
    Contact: The Housing Team, District or Borough Council (below)

Local District & Borough Councils

Handy Person service

  • Countywide
    Tel: 0800 694 0303

Gardening services

  • Shaw Trust Gardening Support Service
    Tel: 0845 604 4643
  • Trading Standards Buy With Confidence
    Tel: 0845 4040 506
  • Age Concern Hampshire
    Tel: 0800 328 7154