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Swan Care and Repair

Our Care and Repair Team can offer a variety of services to help people to live independently and stay in their home.  They can assist with undertaking adaptations and repairs. 

Our Swan Care & Repair leaflet, which shows what Home Improvement Agency Services we offer (such as handyperson services, access to an approved contractor list, energy advice and referral services and general support, information and guidance on housing related issues/benefit entitlements), is available by clicking here.

Who's eligible?

Services are available to older and disabled people living in Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon, Colchester and Tendring. 

Adaptations and Repairs

The Care and Repair Team work in partnership with North and Mid Essex District Councils and Essex County Council Social Care Occupational Therapy Team and can provide the following support:

  • Assistance with applying for grants or loans to fund adaptations and repairs.
  • Help in finding relevant approved contractors.
  • Supervision of works and regular updates of progress.
  • Provision of support and advice throughout the adaptation process.

Handyperson Service

The handyperson service can help people to remain independent by doing minor adaptations and repairs.  We can perform a variety of jobs, including:

  • Changing light bulbs.
  • Fitting key safes.
  • Fitting grab rails.
  • Putting up curtain tracks or shelves.
  • Minor plumbing jobs.
  • Safety and security measures.

Although not able to do electrical work, decorations or external jobs above ground floor height, we can provide details of approved contractors who may be able to help.

Home from Hospital Service

Our Home from Hospital Service is offered in conjunction with NHS North East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) and helps people to live independently after being discharged from hospital.  We understand that support maybe needed after returning home from hospital and can tailor our service to meet individual needs.  This service is available free of charge to older and disabled people living in Colchester and Tendring.

Our services include:

  • Aids and Adaptations, this includes installing key safes and grab rails.
  • Smoke Alarms.
  • Re-arranging furniture.
  • A Home Safety Check.
  • Shopping.
  • Telephone Support.

Falls Prevention Service - Colchester and Tendring

If you are at risk of falling, or have had a fall, we can assist with making your home safe by putting up grab rails, building ramps, reducing step thresholds etc.  A referral will need to be made by the Falls Prevention Team. The cost of the labour is covered within the scheme, but you will need to pay for any materials used.

Energy Efficiency and Installations Services

Swan Care & Repair work in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust and other providers to provide a free Home Energy Assessment. This is subject to available funding, is not means tested and is available to anyone. This service is currently available free. We may at times also have funding to assist with improvements to the thermal comfort of your home and this may have an eligibility criteria.

Benefits Advice

We can offer advice and support with benefits and can provide signposting to the most appropriate agency for more detailed information and assistance with applications.

Private Adaptations/Home Improvement Services

We offer a private adaptations and home improvement service to any resident within Essex from planning to installation.  We provide dedicated support and surveying services throughout the works and the rates we offer are very competitive.  A fee is payable for this service.

Caseworker Support, Advice and Guidance

This service is available to provide free information on a range of housing related support services. This could include help with moving home, finding more suitable accommodation, help with repairs and improvements in the home and assisting with charitable funding applications for essential repairs.

Contact Us

To find out more about our services and how Swan Care and Repair can help you, please contact us.

Click here to contact us

Call: 01277 844235

Write to us at: Swan Care and Repair, Suite 307, Wellington House, 90-92 Butt Road, Colchester CO3 3DA

All services are available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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