Published: 05/12/2002, Volume112 No. 5834 Page 9

Esther Rowsell, aged 86, enjoys life in her house in Greenhithe, Dartford, in a scheme to keep elderly people out of hospital.The care and repair scheme, managed by Moat Housing Group, is part-funded by Dartford borough council, Kent county council and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. It enables people to live independently in their own homes in increased comfort and security by assisting with repairs, improvements and adaptations.