At some point in our lives, many of us due to illness, disability or old age will need some form of help with everyday things like getting washed, dressing or cooking a meal. This support is often called social care.
Asking for help is sometimes the hardest thing to do. However, Fife Council provide a range of social care services to suit people's needs, including a meals on wheels service.
Fife Council can provide hot meals to you in your home already warmed and ready to eat. To find out more, please click here and search for social care and health.
In addition, Social Care Direct is a dedicated team of officers who are your first point of contact if you feel you need social care help and support from Fife Council. You can contact them on 01383 441177.
If you would like to request a free fire safety check, please contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service using the information below.
Website: Fire Scotland
Phone: 0800 0731 999
If you say that you are calling to request a fire safety check they will arrange this for you. The length of time that you wait for this service will depend on the demand that the Fire Service have at the time.
There is no charge made for this service at the current time and they will fit smoke alarms free of charge where required.
Fife Community Alarms and Telecare service may also be able to offer you further advice regarding your fire safety. To get in touch, please phone on 01383 441177.
On Your Doorstep is the leading mental health charity for Fife. They campaign vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all - a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect.
For more information, please contact them using the information below.
Website: On Your Doorstep
Phone: 01334 657421
If you would like help and advice about your career then you can contact the Fife Careers Centre using the following details.
Website: Fife Carers Centre
Phone: 01592 205472
Fife Direct for People with Disabilities aims to assist and support people with disabilities and to encourage their active involvement in promoting and understanding of disability issues, which is done through disability awareness and equality training.
If you'd like to find out more about this service, please contact Social Work Enquiries using the following details.
Website: Fife Direct
Phone: 01383 441177
You could qualify for concessionary travel, such as a Myfife card, for bus travel or for help managing your benefits. To find out more, please click here.
For advice on careers, please get in touch with the Fife Careers Centre using the information below.
Phone: 01592 205472
Address: 157 Commercial Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 2NS
Alternatively, Fife Forum is a Fife based Agency concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people. For further information, please use the following details.
Website: Fife Forum
Phone: 01592 643743
Address: 1-2, Fraser Buildings, Millie Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2NL
Alzheimer’s Scotland Fife Group provides advice, information and support to people with dementia and their carers. They also provide carer education and outreach support.
To find out more, please get in touch using the information below.
Website: Alzheimer's Scotland
Email: 01592 204541
Dementia-Post Diagnostic Support Service provides people with Dementia, as well their carer’s and families, with information and advice on all aspects of living with their conditions to improve their quality of life.
This service can be accessed via a referral from your GP or a diagnosing specialist.
In addition, the Fife Forum can help people make community connections. If you'd like to find out more, please visit their website by clicking here.
You have answered that your clothes size has increased in the last 3-6 months.
If this has happened without you trying to, and is something that you would like help with you may find that exercising or participating in group activities may help. If you don’t feel confident, we have found going with someone you know might help.
Fife offer a scheme which gives price reductions on sport, leisure and cultural activities. To find out more, please click here and search for Fifestyle.
The On Your Doorstep Website contains information about healthy living and getting active. You'll find lots of handy tips on healthy living to help you to improve your diet and your fitness.
To find out more, please visit their website by following the link here.
Further information about Active Options fitness classes, which are suitable for those with various health conditions, can be accessed by clicking here.
From your answers you have indicated that you often forget mealtimes, or that you have already eaten.
At some point in our lives many of us, due to illness, disability or old age, will need some form of help with everyday things like getting washed, dressing or cooking a meal. This support is often called social care.
Asking for help is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but Fife Council operates a meals on wheels service that would ensure meals are provided to you one to four times a week.
Menus are varied and can accommodate special dietary requirements. To find out more about the service, please click here or phone the Social Work Contact Centre on 01383 441177.
Fife forum also offers access to forum groups who meet on a monthly basis to campaign for better rights, services and facilities for local older people. For more information, please visit their website by following the link here.
You can obtain independent energy saving advice from the Energy Saving Trust Scotland. Please call their free phone on 0800 512 012.
You may also find the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (also known as HEEPS) helpful. More information can be found by clicking here.
This is the new Scottish Government initiative to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in homes.
If you are a council tax payer and home owner, and you get either loft or cavity wall insulation from our approved supplier British Gas, you will be entitled to a one-off £50 payment.
You don't have to be a British Gas customer to benefit from this initiative, but to qualify the insulation must be installed by them, specifically through the council tax rebate offer.
If you own your home and are interested in the scheme please call British Gas on 0845 605 2535 quoting reference NLCT. Lines are open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 1pm Saturday.
There are a number of options available to owner occupiers when having energy saving measures carried out in their homes.
The Councils own Energy Advice Unit will give impartial advice on the full range of subsidised options available for the installation of cavity wall and loft insulation. They also give general advice on other ways to reduce the cost of fuel bills and can explain the benefits of taking advantage of the increasing range of renewable energy technologies.
You can also obtain independent energy saving advice from Change Works. If you'd like to get in contact with them, then please use the details below.
Website: Change Works
Phone: 0131 555 4010
For fuel poverty advice, please click here.
Lifeline 24 is a telephone-based system which you can use to summon help, call assistance, or give you reassurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The main role of the lifeline service is to obtain help for an elderly or disabled person when an emergency arises. The 'Lifeline' is connected to a control centre where there is always a control operator on duty to respond immediately. This operator is supported by a mobile warden service.
For more information, please use the following details.
Website: Lifeline 24
Phone: 0800 999 0400 (Monday to Friday 8.30am -6pm, Saturday 9am -5pm)
Alternatively, the Fife Falls Response Team can be contacted by pressing Community Alarm, via your GP or NHS24 (Tel. 111).
Fife Council also provide a community alarm service. For further information call the Contact Centre on 03451 551503 to see whether you are eligible.
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