Repairs and maintenance: solutions for older people
Repairing and maintaining your home
Your local Age Concern can advise you, and put you in touch with, the best person for repairing or maintaining your home.
Good Homes checklists
Research by the Good Homes research team shows that older
people often put off repairs and maintenance because they feel it’s too
hard and would cost too much. But there is a greater cost – older people
struggle to stay healthy if their house is cold, uncomfortable or
Good Homes has created these practical checklist tools to help people
assess what repairs and maintenance work need to be done and who the
best person is to do it. These tools are now available online and can be
downloaded here for free.
The Householder Tool is a checklist that helps you
go through your home, room-by-room, to identify things that need repair,
maintenance or are unsafe. The Householder Tool suggests solutions to
fix any problems and who to contact. Then use the Action Sheet to make yourself a plan of what repairs are going to be done by whom and when.
The Support Services Provider Tool is very similar
to the Householder Tool but is designed to be used by agencies that
support older people in their homes (e.g. District Health Board staff, Age
Concern, Presbyterian Support Services). The agency completes the
checklist and helps arrange repairs for the older person.
For more information visit www.goodhomes.co.nz