Health
 Ireland
Project #23592

Care & Repair: Free DIY jobs for Older People

by Age Action Ireland
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Summary

As we grow older basic household tasks can become very difficult to manage. People who have been house-proud all of their lives find themselves unable to maintain their homes. Ultimately this can make the difference between staying at home and moving to residential care. Care & Repair uses a pool of volunteers to carry out DIY jobs for older people free of charge. The most common services required by older people are: gardening, painting, security locks, smoke alarms, moving furniture
$90,000.00
total goal
$89,194.00
remaining
24
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

As we grow older basic household tasks can become very difficult to manage. People who have been house-proud all of their lives find themselves unable to maintain their homes. Often a husband or wife has passed away and this adds to the problem. Even something as simple as changing a light bulb can become a major problem for an older person who is not in a position to climb on a chair to change the bulb. Other household tasks such as gardening and carpentry work cause similar problems

Solution

The Care & Repair programme can help to solve these problems for older people in our communities by enabling volunteers to do DIY jobs in older people's homes free of charge. Jobs include gardening, painting, moving furniture, installing smoke alarms, security locks and chains, etc. We also keep lists of reliable local tradesmen who can provide quotations for larger jobs and won't attempt to "rip-off" older customers.

Long-Term Impact

The aim of Care & Repair is to enable older people to remain living in their own homes in increased safety and comfort for as long as they wish. We aim to do 32,500 jobs for older people throughout Ireland in 2016.

Resources

http:/​/​www.ageaction.ie

Organization Information

Age Action Ireland

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Website: http:/​/​www.ageaction.ie
Project Leader:
John O Mahony
Cork, Cork Ireland
$806 raised of $90,000 goal
 
24 donations
$89,194 to go
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