Your home; keeping it maintained and safe
Your home is a big part of your life. It can affect your whole sense of well-being so it is important that you feel happy and safe there.
You may have lived in your property for a long time and general wear and tear means your house, flat or bungalow needs regular maintenance to keep it safe to live in. As we get older it may also be necessary to make a few changes or adaptations to remain living there comfortably and confidently for as long as possible.
This guide has been developed with the older people Royal Voluntary Service works with and provides some general advice on some of the ways you can keep your home maintained and safe to live in. It also provides suggestions on where to go for more information and practical and financial support.
We hope that older people, their carers and families, find it useful. Print this page to give to someone you know or use the share button on the right of this page.
Our home maintenance checklist helps you perform vital safety checks.
Our guide ensures everyone gets the choice to live comfortably in their own homes.
Our list of useful contacts for further support.
Please exercise your common sense when considering this guide and whether to take any of the steps that may be suggested in it. Whilst we have taken reasonable care to ensure that any factual information is accurate and complete, most of the information in this guide is based on our views and opinions (and sometimes the views and opinions of the people or organisations we work with). As a result, we cannot make any promises about the accuracy or the completeness of the information and we don’t accept any responsibility for the results of your reliance on it.