Care & Repair
Care and Repair services operate throughout Scotland to offer independent advice and assistance to help home-owners repair, improve or adapt their homes so that they can live in comfort and safety in their own community. The service is available to owner-occupiers, private tenants and crofters who are aged over 60 or who have a disability.
Care & Repair in Dumfries & Galloway
The objectives of the service are:
• To provide information, advice and practical assistance in the provision of both minor and major adaptations to support older people over the age of 65 and disabled people of any age, who are home owners or tenants of private landlords throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
• To provide information, advice and support on the financial assistance available to support major adaptations working to meet all the statutory requirements for this.
• To contribute to the achievement of the national Health and Well-being outcomes as set out in the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board Health and Social Care Strategic Plan 2016 -2019. In particular:
- People, including those with disabilities, long-tern conditions or who are frail, are able to live, as far as reasonably practicable, independently and at home or in a homely setting in their community; - Health and social care services are centred on helping to maintain or improve the quality of life of service users.
Loreburn Housing Association and Care & Repair
Loreburn, in partnership with the former District Councils, established a Care & Repair project in each district of Dumfries & Galloway. The Nithsdale project was established in November 1991, Wigtown in March 1993, Stewartry in May 1995 and Annandale & Eskdale in October 1995.
In April 2010 Dumfries & Galloway Council externalized the funding approvals, funding and title deed registration collation (though not registration) to Loreburn as part of the implementation of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 Scheme of Assistance.
Care & Repair now delivers all aspects of the service from receipt of Occupational Therapy referral to submission to the Council Legal Services the completed Registers of Scotland documentation for title deed registration for Mandatory and Discretionary disabled adaptations grant awards.
Care & Repair refers repairs grant enquiries to Strategic Housing Services.
On 1 April 2016 as part of Health & Social Care Integration required by the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 the lead strategic management of Care & Repair moved from the Council’s Housing Sub Committee to the newly formed Health and Social Care Integrated Joint Board. Care & Repair is now under the Annandale & Eskdale Locality Manager’s portfolio, but is still managed by Loreburn.
Care & Repair is funded by the Integrated Joint Board through an agreement with Dumfries & Galloway Council.