Care & Repair Edinburgh, part of the Age Scotland family, has launched a home assessment service to help older people and those living with disabilities live as safely and comfortably as possible in their own homes.
The new service includes a free room-by-room home assessment by the charity’s Independent Living Adviser, who will create a report of recommendations for improvements in safety, accessibility and comfort.
Typical recommendations may include replacing faulty electrical items, fixing door thresholds, removing frayed rugs or other trip hazards, draught-proofing wooden windows and doors, and improving accessibility through the installation of handrails, ramps and key safes.
Following the home assessment, a full report will be available to allow clients to review any recommendations and discuss with family members.
Care & Repair Edinburgh may also be able to carry out some of the work client wishes to progress, either free of charge where eligible or at a subsidised rate for larger repairs and installations.
Allison Strachan, Head of Care & Repair Edinburgh, said:
“Although lockdown measures are easing gradually, people are still spending large amounts of time at home and therefore it is very important that the home environment is as safe, comfortable and accessible as possible.
“This new service will allow older people and those living with disabilities in Edinburgh to continue to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as they want and are able.
“Arranging a free home assessment can offer much-needed peace of mind and we would encourage eligible Edinburgh residents to get in touch to find out how Care & Repair Edinburgh can assist them.”
The free home assessment service has been researched in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and is possible thanks to generous funding from Bank of Scotland Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Greenshoots Fund.
To arrange your free assessment, please contact Care & Repair Edinburgh on 0131 3371111 or visit www.cre.scot for more information.