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Maintaining your home

Can you maintain and clean your home without help?

It is important to keep your home clean, safe and clear of any excess clutter. Excess clutter can be a trip hazard, but it can also raise your stress levels! Staying on top of house repairs, heating your home and having appliances regularly checked can save you money and keep you safe.



Top tips

  • Try breaking your cleaning tasks down into groups, or areas of the house. It may help you to make a list of all the rooms, and the jobs in those rooms you want to tackle.
  • Get rid of clutter. It can be difficult to part ways with items that you have gathered over the years, but over time these things can build up. A particular risk is that if clutter is left on the floor it can cause trip hazards.
  • Consider using some aids such as a grabber tool to help you to reach items you may have dropped on the floor.  You can also get cleaning tools that have long or extendable handles so you don’t have to bend down.  
  • Make sure your carer has the support they need. Our carers page has lots of top tips and information about support for anybody who looks after you. 



Commonly asked questions   Back to top

I need to find a handy man, but I don’t know who to trust.

It's important to find someone who not only can provide you with a quality service but also one that you feel you are comfortable with and can trust. To find a trader, ask family and friends for personal recommendations.

Staffordshire Trading Standards also has a list of local businesses that have committed to fair and honest trading practices and the deliverly of good customer service.

Heating my home is expensive, what can do about it?

There are many ways you can insulate your home to help save you money on your heating bills. There are simple things to do too, such as closing your curtains at dusk to help stop heat escaping through the windows.

For more top tips see our information on coping in the winter.

Beat the Cold

To help with costs you may want to consider switching your energy supplier. Beat the Cold can help you find the best deals and offer advice energy efficiency in your home.

Benefits and entitlements

You may also want to explore what benefits you are entitled too, such as:

Try using Age UK’s benefits calculator to find out what else you could be entitled to.

A cleaner can only help me with tasks like dusting and hoovering

A cleaner’s role can be varied and many can help you out with a variety of tasks. They may be able to help with changing beds, filling and emptying the washing machine, cleaning kitchen worktops and ironing. Some may run errands, walk your pets or do the shopping for you.

As well as getting the chores done, a cleaner can be great source of company too. They may be able to keep an eye on your welfare and alert others who need to know if you are feeling unwell or are unable to cope with other aspects of your life.  



Further information   Back to top

Ask Sara

Advice on daily living equipment and technology including household tasks. 

Age UK

Benefits calculator.

Assisted bin collection service

Check with your local district or borough council.

What's available in my local area?

If you are looking for a ‘home help’ service, our directory website Staffordshire Connects can help you find:

You can use the filters to narrow down your search or enter your postcode to find your local services.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

For advice on fitting smoke alarms, fire safety and checking your property for potential hazards, the Safe and Well team are available. For specific groups such as couples aged 85 and over and single occupiers aged 65 and over, a safe and well visit may be available.

Call 0800 0241 999 to enquire.

Staffordshire Cares

If you are struggling maintaining your home and wish to discuss this in more detail, contact our Staffordshire Cares team.


#DoingOurBit – What one thing can you do?

Doing our bit logo

If you know someone who might need help maintaining their home, you could offer to help in whatever way you can, from quickly vacuuming or fixing a leaky tap or upturned carpet.

You could even help people search for support on Staffordshire Connects. Any little bit you can do will help make a difference!


Did you find this webpage helpful?

If you have any feedback about this webpage please let us know by sending an email to staffordshire.connects@staffordshire.gov.uk. Thank you.

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