Care and Repair
As we grow older basic household tasks can become very difficult to manage. Even something as simple as changing a light bulb can become a major problem for an older person who is not in a position to climb on a chair to change the bulb. Other household tasks such as trimming hedges, installing smoke alarms, changing locks, painting and moving furniture cause similar difficulties.
For those older people who are in the unfortunate position of not having family members calling, these tasks can become a source of great frustration. Ultimately these problems can make the difference between staying at home and moving to residential care.
Care & Repair is a service that helps to keep people living in their own homes in increased safety and comfort. Volunteers carry out DIY work for older people free of charge. We also keep a list of local tradesmen whose contact details can be provided for paid work where jobs are too large for volunteers.
We work with other organisations in the community to “reach the unreachable” – those older people that are housebound and do not engage with society. The Gardai, public health nurses, occupational therapists, GPs, social workers and hospital staff regularly refer clients to us.
The vision of the programme is to enable older people to remain in their own homes, in their own communities, living as independently as possible, through the improvement of their housing conditions and their level of comfort, security and wellbeing.
What type of services does Care and Repair provide?
DIY Service - we have assembled a pool of volunteers and handypersons to carry out small repairs and minor home and garden tasks for older people. The most common services required by older people are small gardening jobs, minor paint jobs (e.g. front door, garden gate), changing light bulbs, hanging curtains, installing security locks and chains, installing domestic smoke alarms. All requests for small jobs are considered. The service is free - clients only pay for materials used.
We provide details of local tradesmen - The purpose of Age Action’s trade referral service is to provide older people with a list of tradesmen in their local area. Our service aims to prevent older people from being ‘ripped off’ by rogue tradesmen. The tradesmen have agreed to Age Action’s Code of Conduct - see link below.
Age Action maintains the trades referral list in good faith and we are not responsible for work carried out by tradesmen on our list. We recommend that you follow our guidelines when hiring anybody to work in your home.
Who delivers the Care and Repair service?
The Age Action Care and Repair programme is delivered in two ways around Ireland.
1. Age Action staff and volunteers
In Dublin, Cork and Galway cities the Age Action Care and Repair Programme is delivered by Age Action staff and our network of Garda-vetted volunteers.
2. Our community partners around Ireland
In order to make the programme available to older people throughout the country, Age Action works with local community groups. We train them to run the Age Action Care and Repair service in their regions with the support of Age Action staff.
The community group becomes a partner of Age Action. We work together to provide a high quality service to older people using the agreed standards and quality control of the Care and Repair programme nationally.
For a full list of Care and Repair locations see our locations page.
Are you interested in finding out more about the Care and Repair programme? The following links should point you in the right direction.