Dealing with the laundry, dry cleaning, repairs and alterations

If you feel you are unable to manage your laundry or household chores anymore but do not fit the criteria for help from Adult Social Care there are agencies and small businesses able to help. Most of the care agencies that provide personal care (see Help & Care factsheet “Care in the Home”) will also provide help with domestic care, bill paying, dealing with correspondence, shopping, and companionship. However, you will need to pay privately for these services. Details of other care agencies are available from .


Laundrettes and Dry Cleaners

Check online for laundrettes and dry cleaners in your area. Some are willing to collect and then deliver your laundry to you, and services can include ironing, duvet cleaning, minor sewing repairs, curtain and carpet cleaning, specialist cleaning for items such as leather coats etc. Charges may vary for cleaning/delivery/extra services.

Below is a link to the Yellow Pages list of laundrettes, dry cleaners, tailor alterations in Dorset to help with your search.


Minor home repair and gardening services

Help & Care Gateway has a small list of trusted traders who do:

  • appliance cleaning – ovens
  • appliance repairs – cookers, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers
  • deep clean – including house clearance, pest control, waste removal
  • domestic cleaning – including domestic appliances
  • domestic cleaning and home support
  • drain clearance – external drain blockages, toilet sewers unblocked
  • locksmiths
  • removals
  • tree surgeons – remove damaged, diseased, dead trees
  • TV/Satellite/Computers – installation, aerials, digital signal issues
  • window cleaning

Help & Care Handiworks Plus help with minor home repairs/adaptations such as:

  • aerials and TV installation
  • double glazing repairs/work
  • electrical
  • gardening
  • gas works
  • gutters and facias
  • handyperson
  • painting and decorating
  • plumbing
  • roofing
  • window cleaning/exterior cleaning/power washing

Contact Help & Care Gateway or Handiworks Plus on 0300 111 3303 to find out more or email  

for more information. Handiworks Plus is mainly available to clients in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset. There is a limited service available to the Purbeck area.


Buy with Confidence – is a list of Trading Standards approved tradespeople. Check to see if there are any tradespeople in your area for the job you want done, but bear in mind that not all tradespeople register with this site. Some private cleaning companies are also listed. .


Dorset Accessible Homes – support and advice about making adaptations to your home or carrying out minor repairs. For further information contact 0333 003 0010, email:  or go online at:

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