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You and Your Community

As you get older, or if you have problems with your health or mobility, then living independently and safely in your home can become increasingly challenging.

You may be finding it difficult to move around. Maybe you're finding it harder to complete some everyday tasks such as cooking or washing. Or you may find that areas of your home such as your bathroom or your kitchen no longer suit your needs and need changing. 

Struggling to stay living in your own home because of health problems while thinking about what you might need to do next can seem overwhelming. But as you look through the pages in this section, you'll see that there are steps you can take which will allow you to safely remain in your home, while holding on to your independence and privacy.

Here you'll find information about the types of support and equipment which you can get at home, the changes you can make to help you live your day-to-day life more easily, and the ways in which you can regain your independence and relearn the skills which you have lost as the result of health problems.


Please check references and reviews where these are available. Hartlepool Borough Council accept no responsibility for the services provided below or the quality of their provision; it is in your best interests and your responsibility to request and check all credentials and references provided by the services described here. While every care has been taken in the compilation of this information, the Hartlepool Borough Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of inaccuracy or error within these pages. The Hartlepool Borough Council does not endorse any external linked sites and is not responsible for their content.

Supermarket shopping

Many of the national and local chains of supermakets offer a range of shopping routines. If you are experiencing difficulties getting out and about, their service includes Home Delivery or Click and Collect. Their online services are relatively straightforward; you need to register on line with the supermarket that suits you best, and then decide if you want your shopping delivered or if you can collect it. Once you've registered, you book a delivery slot that suits you and then make and place your order. Yell's local listing of Hartlepool's supermarkets is available here

Hairdressing or Barber's services

There are a number of mobile hair dressers locally who offer salon hairdressing services in your own home at a time to fit around you, for ladies, gentlemen and children. All will include cutting and colouring. The Hartlepool Yell listing is available here

Domestic cleaning services are available in Hartlepool

Many offer daily, weekly or deep cleans; with a service that can be customised to fit in with you. For your peace of mind we would recommend you employ a domestic cleaning service that are reference checked and insured; some are trained in Dementia awareness and are CRB checked, and all local companies are listed in Yell

Ironing and Laundry Services

Ironing or Laundry services are also available within Hartlepool, some can collect and deliver, others require the items to be dropped off and collected. The local Yell listing of laundry services for Hartlepool is here

Window Cleaners

There are a number of window cleaners available in Hartlepool who will clean your windows, including those of your conservatory, at a time and date convenient to you. Others will clean your driveway or patio; the link to the Yell listing is available here

Pet Care

If you need your dog or cat groomed, or they need their nails clipped, there are a number of providers who can help you. Some offer a collection and return service, others will offer pet supplies and and all offer friendly, caring advice. Yell's local listing is available here


If you need help in your garden with weeding, pruning ar hedge trimming, there are a range of gardening services available locally. Some will simply cut your grass, others will provide professional tree management services, repair fences, or clean your patio and all will provide their service at a time convenient for you. The local Yell listing is available here

Home Decorating

There are many local home decorators who will undertake any service you need, whether this is paper hanging, painting inside or out or re-plastering. Yell's listing for Hartlepool is available here