A 91 year old resident of Brecon has heaped praise on a local home adaptations agency after they helped her overcome difficulties getting in and out of her home safely.

Margaret Merrick has lived in her home in Coryton Close since it was built 57 years ago but was recently struggling with the steps at the front and back entrances. Mrs Merrick was worried about falling down the shallow steps as there was nothing to hold on to.

Mrs Merrick was referred to Care & Repair in Powys who have funding to help prevent accidents in the homes of older people or to help with hospital discharges. The Rapid Response Adaptations Programme paid for a Handyperson employed by Care & Repair, Alan Cook, to make the steps wider and fit handrails to make them safer.

Mrs Merrick is delighted with her new steps and wants others to know how simple it is to get help from Care & Repair.  She says, “It is so much easier to go in and out now.  I feel quite safe, much more confident.  They have done such a good job!  I really am very grateful.”

The funding for people aged over 60 can be used for adaptations and repairs by the Care & Repair Handypersons; for example fitting internal or external hand rails, improving steps, fitting key safes, moving furniture, fitting intercom systems and internal ramps.

Director, Karen Kelly, said, “The Welsh Government has made additional funding available this winter through a Health at Home grant which has meant we can extend our Rapid Response Adaptations Programme. We’ll consider doing any small jobs that help prevent accidents. These solutions can make such a big difference to an individual’s safety and promote their independence.”