A free handyperson service that will support residents specifically suffering from dementia with simple adaptations around the home to help them remain living independently has been launched by Woking Borough Council.
The free service for residents who live in their own property or privately rent and, have been diagnosed with dementia, offers assistance with small practical jobs around the home. Jobs may include installing grab rails, additional lighting, toilet seats and lids, painting rooms contrasting colours and door signage incorporating words and images.
Cllr Melanie Whitehand, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Living Well Services, said: “Sadly, it’s estimated that some 850,000 people across the country currently suffer from dementia and by 2025, the figure is estimated to reach one million. So thanks to funding from Surrey County Council, we can support the growing number of dementia sufferers remain living independently by launching our free Dementia Friendly Handyperson Service.
“Most people with dementia wish to remain in their home for as long as possible, but as a person’s condition deteriorates they may find simple, everyday tasks difficult. By making just a few small changes, such as using equipment or installing visual cues to the home, can help someone to continue to do things for themselves for longer, whilst vastly improving their quality of life.”
Funding for the free handyperson service has been provided by Surrey County Council’s Personalisation and Prevention Partnership Fund (PPPF), which has helped to develop, commission and implement a range of initiatives for older people to keep them healthy, active and independent. The programme seeks to reduce the need for people to enter mainstream health and social care support, whilst providing opportunities for people to become more active and healthy. Such preventative approaches should reduce the cost burden on the whole system.
To find out how the free Dementia Friendly Handyperson Service could help you, relative or friend, please call 01483 743668, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.woking.gov.uk/livingwell