Help to live at home

Help around the home

Help with shopping and errands

Age UK provides an assisted shopping service (link opens in new window) if you are unable to leave your home unaided.

They will help you to visit shops, libraries or anywhere else you may wish to go within a five to six mile radius of where you live. They cannot accompany you to medical appointments.

The British Red Cross (link opens in new window) can offer help with shopping and collecting prescriptions.

Many supermarkets and retailers offer online shopping services, where you can order goods on the internet and have them delivered to your door at a time of your choosing.

Help with housework and laundry

If you are finding household jobs like cleaning or laundry difficult you may be able to get help from local home care agencies.

Age UK offer a home help service (link opens in new window) for people over 50 years of age. They can help with:

  • housework
  • laundry
  • preparing a light meal
  • shopping
  • prescription collection

Help with gardening

Age UK (link opens in new window) provides a gardening service for people over 50 years of age. All of our gardeners are strictly vetted and fully insured.

Royal Voluntary Service Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire (link opens in new window) can help older people maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community.

They have volunteers across:

  • Bedford
  • Luton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Leighton Buzzard
  • High Wycombe
  • Aylesbury
  • Marlow
  • Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas

Call 01908 787 330 or email bedsandbuckshub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Help with home maintenance

Age UK (link opens in new window) offer a handy person service to people over 50 years of age.

They can help with:

  • painting
  • fitting and supplying grab and stair rails
  • fitting and supplying key safes
  • light carpentry work
  • general DIY
  • fitting and supplying smoke alarms

Dialhouse (link opens in new window) in Bedford offers DIY services, call 01234 356 555 for more information.

View the Bedfordshire and Luton Directory of adult care and support services (link opens in new window) for more information.

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