Free home maintenance for South Western Queensland locals

Imagine living alone and waking to a young person riffling through your belongings in your bedroom; now imagine having this happen to you twice.

This was the disturbing reality for one elderly South Western Queensland resident who managed to escape physically unharmed, but was still living every day in the fear of ‘what if?’ and ‘when is it going to happen again?’.

Fortunately, she contacted Churches of Christ Care Home Assist Secure who were able to supply and fit a number of home security items for her, making her home safer and more secure and giving her peace of mind.

Churches of Christ Care Senior Client Liaison Officer Debbie Smith said the lady is one of many locals who have benefited from the organisation’s home maintenance, security and minor modification services.

"What most people don’t realise is that eligible residents are able to access up to $400 in free home maintenance simply by contacting our local Warwick Home Assist Secure office," Ms Smith said.

The service helps improve the safety, independence and quality of life of South Western Queensland locals aged 60 years and over, and people of any age with a disability, who wish to remain living in their own homes.

"We are able to provide services from installing smoke alarms and replacing light bulbs, to fixing dripping taps and repairing faulty fridges and washing machines," Ms Smith said.

"These might sound like little things to many people, but to older residents, particularly those living alone on limited incomes, a visit from one of our trained officers really can positively impact their quality of life.

"If we are able to make a difference in the peace of mind and wellbeing of at least one person a day, that is another person who is able to continue living a more independent life."

Churches of Christ Care provides Home Assist Secure services, funded by the Queensland Government, across south east and south west Queensland. Localities serviced include Warwick, Goondiwindi, St George, Dalby, Miles, Stanthorpe, Roma and all areas in between.

If you would like to learn more about Home Assist Secure and how their services could benefit you or a loved one, call 1800 464 664 or better still, drop by for a chat at 52 King Street, Warwick.

Posted March 18, 2015 in News