Our Handyman Fieldworker service attends to small jobs like changing smoke alarm batteries when older people are no longer able to do these jobs themselves as well as providing links to services, information and resources.
For a lot of older people, aging in their own home offers independence and a sense of pride in being able to manage by themselves. But as we age many common place jobs around the home become harder and harder. From changing a light bulb, to replacing a tap washer or hanging a picture these smaller jobs can become impossible for older people with mobility issues, arthritis, etc.
Age Concern Counties Manukau saw a real need in the community for a service that assisted elderly people in their own homes to do the small jobs that they were unable to do, especially for those who didn't have families nearby to provide assistance. So the handyman fieldworker service was established in 2010.
But it quickly became obvious the service provided more to a lot of people than just a practical fix. Our handyman fieldworker quickly became a non-threatening conduit to information for a lot of people. Armed not only with tools, but also information, brochures and a wide knowledge about the services, help and support available to older people our handyman service has had an amazing impact on the older people who have utilised the service in our community. Since March 2014, Brett has been our new handyman fieldworker.
We continue to receive excellent feedback from the clients that use this service and the organisations with whom we collaborate.