Eric – Housing Options

Eric (from Lincoln) lives in a large house and after his 90th birthday started to worry about the growing burden of maintaining both his home and his large garden. Although very active for his age, having to climb a steep flight of steps in his home and having to climb down a very sudden drop form the garden to his back door started to take its toll. Eric began to worry about injuring himself as tasks that had once been simple became more difficult and he called Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency (LHIA) to discuss his options.

Having lived in his home for almost 50 years, Eric wasn’t in a rush to move but decided to use LHIA’s free advice service to assess his needs and see what help was available.

He was helped every step of the way and looked at various housing options before he decided that moving home wasn’t for him at this time, but LHIA was able to help him feel more comfortable and secure in his current home through a range of other support: arranging quotes for window repairs and rewiring from local ‘Trusted Traders’, referring to reputable befriending and cleaning services, ensuring his smoke alarms were securely fitted, and looking at other energy tariffs.

“Although I chose not to move, LHIA played a large part in helping me to come to a decision. I’ve lived here for almost half a century and they respected my wishes and my home’s importance to me. Now I know that if I need help, or repairs done around the home, I can call LHIA and they’ll arrange it through their handyperson service.

“I’d recommend LHIA to anyone considering moving home because of accessibility problems. They helped me assess my circumstances in detail and made me realise, for me, a small change such as saving money on heating and being checked on by carers regularly to make sure I’m alright, makes all the difference.”

"They helped me assess my circumstances in detail and made me realise, for me, a small change such as saving money on heating and being checked on by carers regularly to make sure I’m alright, makes all the difference."