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'Handypersons' for the elderly

22nd August 2007

The charity Help the Aged says that basic home improvements could enable many older people to stay independent for longer, reducing the need for costly social or even residential care.

It wants the government to help fund a network of ‚Äúhandypersons‚Ä? who could perform simple tasks such as fitting a bath-rail or a half-step and urged the government to match the ¬£17m currently provided by a consortium of agencies to subsidise the service. The Communities and Local Government department said it was currently working with Help the Aged on a strategy for housing in an ageing society.

 

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