Looking after your home and garden
Household repairs and odd jobs
DIY can be dangerous at any age, and related accidents injure more than 200,000 people in the UK every year.
If your home needs any repairs it is probably safer to ask a professional to do it for you, unless you are quite sure you can do it safely. This can be very cheap, or even free, if you know who to contact.
Many of the Neighbourhood Network Schemes supply a handyperson to visit members when they need jobs doing around their homes.
The benefits of gardening are many and varied – not only does it improve the appearance of your home, provide great physical and mental exercise and lift your mood, but ‘strategic’ gardening can even make your home more secure.
However, gardening tasks may have to be modified as we get older, and it is important to take precautions to avoid strain or injury. You can buy all sorts of tools and aids to make it easier for you to do gardening.
There have been studies into the positive effects of gardening on older and disabled people