Independent living service is extended in Highgate
By poppy_smith | Monday, September 24, 2012, 19:13
A service that supports older and disabled people to help them live independently has been extended by Haringey Council.
The not-for-profit Metropolitan Care and Repair service, which has been helping Haringey residents since 1991, will be extended for a further two years following a decision by the council's Cabinet.
The service visits people in their homes to offer advice on repairs; contacts for reliable builders, and help accessing grants. And it provides support when work is carried out, such as helping with designs, getting estimates for work and liaising with council officers or occupational therapists.
Metropolitan also gives affordable practical help to anyone aged over 60 who is a victim of burglary or bogus callers, supports people when they are discharged from hospital, and offers a gardening and handyperson service.
Cllr John Bevan, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This is an excellent scheme that has proved very good value for money over the years and I'm pleased that we are able to continue with it. It is invaluable in helping vulnerable older and disabled residents remain in their homes; retaining their independence and helping them live full lives.The decision to continue funding is great news for Haringey and all residents who stand to benefit from this professional, high quality service in the coming years."
The service is available for homeowners and private tenants over 60 and people with disabilities.
Consultation with service users in June showed that they would welcome extending the contract, which has offered the same services for some years with no increase in costs.