New partnership keeps elderly safe in their homes

Rachael Stott (right) with Homewise case worker Tracie Hamilton and repair officer Keith Nolan. (s)
Rachael Stott (right) with Homewise case worker Tracie Hamilton and repair officer Keith Nolan. (s)

Elderly residents in Ribble Valley can live more safely in their homes thanks to a partnership between the borough council and home improvement charity Homewise.

Homewise offers a host of advice, support and assistance to elderly residents to help them live more safely and comfortably in their homes.

It offers a handyman service for a small charge and in some cases free, comprehensive advice on all aspects of home improvements, adaptation, repairs and maintenance, a list of trusted tradesmen, assistance with raising funds to pay for work, energy-efficiency grants and subsidies, recycled disability aids, a free security scheme for residents over 60 and the provision and installation of low-energy lightbulbs for residents over 70.

Homewise staff are trained by Lancashire Constabulary to provide crime prevention advice, undertake security surveys of homes, provide and install security measures to doors and windows, and anti-distraction burglary kits to help elderly residents tackle unscrupulous door-to-door salesmen and rogue tradesmen.

Homewise also makes referrals to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for fire safety checks and the installation of smoke alarms.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, said: “Ribble Valley has an above average number of elderly residents and we are working hard to address their specific housing needs, thereby helping them live safely and comfortably in their homes.

“Homewise can offer a wealth of housing advice and support to elderly residents, as well as measures to protect them from unscrupulous contractors.”

Homewise manager Sue Sinclair added: “We are delighted to be offering our service to elderly residents in Ribble Valley and, while we may not be able to solve every problem, we will certainly do our best to try.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council is at the forefront of several housing initiatives, from the provision of affordable properties in partnership with the housing sector to cutting-edge energy efficiency.

For further information contact Homewise on 01254 232249 or Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 425111.

Rachael Stott (right) with Homewise case worker Tracie Hamilton and repair officer Keith Nolan. (s)