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Older People-Staying in your own Home

The information below is intended as a brief guide of options available to elderly home owners who are finding it difficult to remain in their own home. For more detailed information it is suggested that you contact one or more of the advice centres listed below. 

Staying In Your Own Home

If you are finding it difficult to manage, but would like to stay in your present home, there are ways in which you can make life easier and safer.

You may like to think about investigating the possibility of having a community alarm to allow you to call for help 24 hours a day if you have an accident or are unwell. To enquire about this you should contact Poole Lifeline on 01202 733255.

Handy Van Services

East Boro’s Handy Van Repairs Service provides practical help and support around the home, and there’s no hefty labour charges either – you just pay for the materials used for the repairs. For all general maintenance and repairs, the Handy Van Repairs Service can help.

If you own or rent a home in Bournemouth or Poole, are aged over 60, receive Pension Credit, Disability Allowance or other benefits then you can apply to use one or both of the services. 

For more information and to check you qualify, call us today on 01202-883503 or email handyvan@ebht.org.uk. Alternatively fill in the enquiry form below or click Handy Van Repairs.

Age UK Advice
Provide companionship, support and advice to older people to help everyone make the most of later life. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/
Free Home Safety Check

Dorset Fire and Rescue Services provide a free home safety check.  To apply for this free home safety check please contact Dorset Fire and Rescues Services on 01305 252600 or you can apply on line on their website.

DF&RS web link http://www.dorsetfire.gov.uk

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If you find it difficult to live safely and independently in your home, you can find help here. Our solutions offer information and advice to help you make informed choices about living the life you want. To find your solution, click on the link below



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