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Handy person scheme

Some households can benefit from a handy person service.

It helps elderly or vulnerable people carry out very simple but essential work at their homes.

It is free except for the cost of materials. This is unless materials have been supplied by a partner agency (as in the case of some security items).

Who is eligible for help?

People who:

  • are unable to undertake the task themselves
  • have no other person available to help them
  • live in South Lakeland

You must be aged 65 and over or be:

  • disabled
  • vulnerable
  • discharged or recently discharged from hospital
  • at high risk of falling due to a medical condition
  • potential victims of crime referred by the police

What work can the handy person do?

The work includes:

  • fitting of minor security measures such as spy-holes, door and window locks and security lighting
  • fitting key safes, door bells or telephone extension leads
  • changing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • fitting plugs/fuses or fixing down/making safe trailing or loose wires
  • putting up curtain rails, curtains or blinds
  • installing internal and external grab rails
  • erecting shelves or affixing coat hooks
  • fixing down or trimming loose or hazardous carpets
  • moving furniture within the home
  • replacing toilet seats or sealant around sinks/baths
  • unblocking sinks and repairing minor leaks
  • replacing tap washers, cistern washers and ball valves or draining/bleeding radiators
  • initial help following hospital discharge (for example, resetting heating controls)
  • minor repairs to gates, fences, paths (to eliminate tripping hazards) to repair tripping hazards or help secure the property

Work is limited to a maximum of three hours on site if one handy person visits, or 1.5 hours if two handy people visit.

Gardening and decorating are not included.

Eligible households can use the service up to six times a year.