Home Improvement Agency Service

Home adaptations and repair in Inverclyde

What does it do?

We provide free, confidential and practical advice and project management services to disabled homeowners and private tenants who are over 60 years of age. The care and repair service aims to help this sector of society maintain their independence and live comfortably and safely in their own homes within their community.

Our core service is to provide advice and information, and to facilitate repairs and improvements to homes in the private sector. In addition, we manage referrals from Inverclyde Council for Independent Living for major adaptations for clients who have been assessed as requiring wet floor and level access shower areas, access ramps, stairlifts and through floor lifts.

An important area of our advice service relates to ensuring that older and disabled people know about the services that are available and how they can access them. Although many of our clients receive practical assistance and advice, we believe that it is imperative that client’s awareness of available services can be increased through us directing them to appropriate organisations that are able to provide advice on a number of housing and support issues.

Inverclyde Care and Repair also operate a small repairs service, which is delivered by two full time officers, and aims to provide older and disabled people with practical help and advice in undertaking small repairs around their home.

We operate a small repairs service, which is delivered by two full-time officers, and we provide older and disabled people with practical help and advice in undertaking small repairs around their home.

Although these types of jobs are generally small by nature, they can assist clients in terms of supporting independent living, improving the client’s well-being, and on occasion, reduce the risk of falls inside and outside their home.  

The service is open to home owners who are over 60, or who have a disability, and includes a variety of small household repairs including small plumbing, joinery and electrical jobs, and during 2013/2014, the small repairs officers assisted 1651 clients. 

There are two distinct challenges facing Inverclyde Care & Repair, one of future financial sustainability, and the other responding to the growing needs and demand for services which enable its clients to remain in their own home as long as possible or return to their home after short hospital stays.


Who it is for?

disabled homeowners and private tenants who are over 60 years of age.

What it costs:

In terms of financial sustainability, we introduced a charging policy for the small repairs service in April 2014, where clients can become members for an annual fee of £45 which entitles them to have as many small repairs visits that they require per year. 

However, if clients do not wish to become a member, there is a charge of £15 per visit from one of our Small Repairs Officers. 
In all cases, clients will still be responsible for the cost of any materials required to carry out the repair.

How to access or apply for it:

See contact details above

Additional information:

Since Inverclyde Care & Repair was established in May 2000, we have grown steadily into a vital resource for older and disabled home owners and private tenants.

With the older population predicted to increase significantly, we continue to review, adapt and develop services which meet the needs of older and disabled people within Inverclyde.

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Info last updated:

05/10/2017