Meet Mr Fixit - The home maintenance man
Find out how City of Marion's new home maintenance officer is helping the frail and aged.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.
Meet Michael Grasel, City of Marion’s new home maintenance officer, who is making houses safer for the frail and aged by fitting hand rails, door catches and security locks.
He’ll also fix minor plumbing problems, change light globes, fit smoke detector batteries, clean gutters and install handheld showers.
Michael is the latest addition to the Home and Community Care unit who, along with staff and volunteers, visits people in his fully-equipped van to improve home safety.
“It’s very rewarding to identify dangers in people’s houses and either fix them or find out if we can help in other ways,” Michael said.
“I used to be a carpenter and am from a family which had a carpentry business for 100 years, so am happy to share my experience and lend a hand with minor woodwork.
“I really enjoy being part of a team that is doing something good for the community.”
The home maintenance service helps people live independently in the community and is available to people who are 65 or over and frail, adults living with a disability and their carers.
The Community Care service includes basic cleaning, social support, gardening and the Community Bus which takes clients to shops, neighbourhood centres and medical appointments. If they wish, clients can also be referred to specialist agencies for support.
For more information, call Community Care on 8375 6600.
- Find out more about Community Care services in Marion.
- See more photos of Michael at work on the City of Marion Facebook page.
City Limits Magazine
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