Keeping things looking nice

When you’ve always done everything yourself, it can be hard to admit you’re finding it more difficult to keep your home looking clean and tidy. With a little extra help, you can continue to enjoy your home and garden.

Keeping your home and garden well-maintained also makes you less vulnerable to rogue doorstep traders. Here are some ideas that might help you manage more easily and stay independent:

  • Finding a cleaner
  • Getting help with your laundry ironing and other small house household tasks
  • Getting someone to do your shopping
  • Finding someone to help you organize and de-clutter your home
  • Employing a gardener
  • Assisted bin collections

You may also need someone to help you with anything from changing light bulbs, to fixing or replacing a curtain rail, or putting up shelves. A handyperson may be able to help you with these tasks and others. There is help available from the local voluntary sector with many of these day-to-day tasks. 

Age UK Richmond Housekeeping Service
Phone: 020 3326 9432

Age UK Richmond Handyperson and Gardening Service
Phone: 0203 326 9432

Richmond SPADE Gardening Service
Phone: 020 8831 6080


Keeping your house free from clutter

Many people may collect items and hang on to some things that they don’t use any more. However, for some people this behaviour can become compulsive and have a negative impact on someone’s quality of life.

Compulsive hoarding can be difficult to treat. Hoarders tend to become extremely stressed at the thought of someone making them throw their belongings away. If someone close to you is affected, it’s important to approach the issue with sensitivity. Remember, what might look like useless clutter to you, is likely to be perceived as valuable treasure to them.

If you are concerned that someone you know has a hoarding disorder, encourage them to visit their GP with you. Although it may not be easy, try to be sensitive about the issue and emphasise that you are concerned for their wellbeing. 

Useful contacts:

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971