The Care and Repair Service which carries out minor repairs in the home and also puts in measures to help stop falls has won two awards.
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council’s Handyperson Prevention Service and one of its occupational therapists have both been recognised in the Foundations National Healthy Housing Awards.
It is a free, funded service for West Norfolk residents who have a disability or health condition and the team’s activities include installing grab rails and easier-to-use handles and taps. It works alongside the major adaptation service for larger works and also links with other organisations to make referrals when people need extra help.
Over the last four years the team has supported over 2200 people and completed more than 3960 jobs. So far this year over 470 clients have been referred to the service which helps, not only people in their homes but also, the NHS by reducing fall risks and admissions as well as getting patients discharged from hospital more quickly where low level measures are needed.
Sam Sandell, the borough councillor responsible for People and Communities, said: “What a result. We know Care and Repair is a valued service that helps people in West Norfolk to maintain their independence and now these awards show that an impartial panel agrees.
“Congratulations to the team for winning the handyperson award again and to Julie Hallows, our Occupational Therapist (pictured above), for winning in her category. I thank you all for your hard work.”