Support for older and vulnerable people

There are a number of services for older and vulnerable people living in this area.

Home adaptations

The government provide means tested funding for the provision of adaptations within the home such as level access bathrooms and stair lifts. These adaptations can help people stay independent and better enjoy their homes. This service used to be carried out by the council and was called “Care and Repair” but is now provided by Independent Home Solutions.

Independent Home Solutions provides this service for us. Residents must either own or privately rent their home and be responsible for paying for repairs.

We also have grants available to help disabled residents make changes to their properties.

The Handyperson Service

Our Handyman undertakes minor repairs and maintenance works that are too small for general contractors to price, but are too difficult for older and disabled clients to tackle on their own. There is an hourly labour charge plus the cost of materials. On completion of the works you will be invoiced by the Care & Repair Agency. Typical jobs will take around two hours and examples include:

  • Clearing out gutters.
  • Flat-pack assembly.
  • Securing loose carpets.
  • Installing grab rails and galvanised rails.
  • Fitting key safes.
  • Installing staircase handrails.
  • Minor plumbing works.
  • Minor carpentry.
  • Putting up shelving.
  • Installing door chains, bolts, spy holes and window locks.
  • Installing curtain rails and blinds.

This is a very popular service, so we cannot offer a same day service, although priority will be given to urgent cases where health and safety is an issue.
If the job is too large for the handyman to undertake he will refer it back to us where staff will help find another solution.

For more information please contact:
Tandridge Care & Repair Agency
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted, Surrey RH8 0BT
Telephone: 01883 722000
e-mail: customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk

Community alarm

Our Community Alarm & Telecare service provides an emergency alarm system in your own home, 365 days of the year. Calls are monitored 24 hours a day by specially trained call operators who can summon help.

Day centre

With a wide range of activities on offer, the Douglas Brunton Centre in Caterham offers something for everyone.

There’s activities every week day, including an art club, exercise classes, IT facilities and free one-to-one computer training sessions, bingo, craft sessions, outings and holidays. The Centre also has its own hairdressing salon, snack bar, shop and library. Chiropody and assisted bathing services are also available.

Age UK Surrey also holds fortnightly Tea and Talk sessions at the centre, with volunteers supporting the group to help you gain confidence and take part in activities.

Programme of events

Meals on Wheels

The centre is also the base for the district wide Meals on Wheels service which provides a hot meal delivery service Monday to Friday, as well as the option of a cold tea delivered at the same time. Frozen meals are also available for weekends and Bank Holidays.

To apply please complete our Meals on Wheels form.

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