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Help to live at home

Carer helping with medication

Help to live at home

We want to support you to live independently in the community for as long as possible. This section provides details of support that is available to help you do this.

Meals, housework and laundry

Lady preparing lunch

There are a range of organisations who can help you with household tasks.  You can search for ‘home care providers’ and ‘domestic support’ in the category lists on this page.


Peterborough City Council has a hot meals service. Our hot meals service delivers a daily hot meal and dessert to people in their own homes, all year round between 12 noon and 2 pm. We can also arrange to supply you with frozen meals and a microwave oven if needed. Anyone who lives in Peterborough can apply.  The charge for this service is £5.20 for a hot meal, and £3.20 for a frozen meal.


Support to stay in your own home

Elderly man with kettle

If you struggle to carry out everyday tasks, you can get support to help you do things easily and safely, which may help you to live independently.  If you think that you need help from Adult Social Care you can contact us and we will assess your needs and eligibility to receive services.


DIY and maintenance jobs

Handyman's tool belt

The council runs a Handy Person Scheme.  The handyperson scheme offers assistance to households solely occupied by vulnerable, older and/or disabled residents. This service is to maintain, repair and to assist people to continue to live independently in their home and is mainly for small non-urgent repairs.  

Keeping your home warm

Keeping warm in winter

The Care and Repair service offer help and advice about keeping your home warm, safe and dry during the winter months. We can also put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to help, subject to eligibility:

  • access to small amounts of gas safety council funding which may be used for gas issues

  • access to central heating and boiler replacement grants

  • vulnerable and disabled people assistance with charitable funding searches

  • external wall insulation scheme for park homes

If you were born on or before 5 January 1953, you may be eligible for between £100 to £300 in winter fuel payments.


LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme)


LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme) is a new free energy and money saving advice service.


Equipment to keep you safe and adapting your home

Man fitting bathroom

Peterborough City Council’s Care and Repair team aims to prevent falls, accidents and improve the home environment. Much of this work involves adapting people’s homes, for example installing grab rails, ramps, stair lifts and even building extensions.  You can find out about equipment on our Equipment and Adaptations page.


Assistive Technology

Lifeline wristband

Assistive Technology (AT) covers a wide variety of equipment and devices, both simple and complex that can promote your independence and enable you to live at home for longer.  You can find out more on our Assistive Technology page.


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