Local Information - Delivery of pre-prepared meals
At some point in our lives, many of us due to illness, disability or old age will need some form of help and support with everyday things like getting washed, dressing or cooking a meal. This help and 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 Meals on Wheels. Fife Council can provide hot meals to you in your home already warmed and ready to eat. Visit www.fifedirect.org.uk 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. Contact them on 01383 441177.
RECOMMENDED - We would advise that you arrange a Fire Safety Check
If you would like to request a Free Fire Safety Check please contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0731 999 (or text 61611) and ask for the Community Fire Safety Department. More information is also available via their webiste www.firescotland.gov.uk. 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, Tel: 01383 441177.
Groups that support people with Mental Health issues
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 contact them on 01334 657421; Email: email@example.com; Web: www.onyourdoorstepfife.org. If you would like help and advice about your career then you can contact the Fife Careers Centre on 01592 205472 or visit www.fifecarerscentre.org.
Independent sources of help and advice for older people
Fife Direct for People with Disabilities aims to generally assist and support people with disabilities within Fife and to encourage their active involvement in promoting and understanding of disability issues, through disability awareness and equality training. Contact Social Work Enquiries on 01383 441177 or visit www.fifedirect.org.uk. You could qualify for concessionary travel such as a Myfife card for bus travel or for help managing your benefits further inforamtion is available at www.fifedirect.org.uk. For advice on careers the Fife Careers Centre is located on 157 Commercial Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 2NS and can be contacted via Tel: 01592 205472, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Text: 07781691391. Alternatively Fife Forum is a Fife based Agency concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people. For further information visit www.fifeforum.org.uk, call (01592) 643743, email email@example.com or write to Office 1-2, Fraser Buildings, Millie Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2NL.
Local groups that support people with Alzheimers Disease or Dementia
Alzheimer’s Scotland Fife Group provides advice and support to people with dementia and their carers. They are based at Glenrothes Information Café and can be contacted on 01592 204541 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Services provided: Information, advice, support; Carer education; Outreach support, for further information please see www.alzscot.org. 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 can be accessed via a referal from your GP or a diagnosing specialist. In addition the Fife Forum can help people make community connections, visit their website at www.fifeforum.org.uk.
Groups that can help with maintaining a healthy weight
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 you can visit the Fifedirect.org.uk Fifestyle page. 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. Everything you need to take life on, one step at a time at www.onyourdoorstepfife.org. Further information about Active Options fitness classes suitable for those with various health conditions is also available on www.fifeleisure.org.uk.
Help for those who often forget mealtimes
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 and support with everyday things like getting washed, dressing or cooking a meal. This help and support is often called social care. Asking for help is sometimes the hardest thing to do, however, Fife Council operates a meals on wheels service which 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 you can visit www.fifedirect.org.uk. Alternatively you can contact your local reception services: Social Work Contact Centre 01383 441177. Fife forum also offers access to forum groups who meet on a monthly basis to ampaign for better rights, services and facilities for local older people, pleaes visit their website www.fifeforum.org.uk for more information.
Energy Saving Trust Scotland
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 on this can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website under the Home Energy Scotland tab. This is the new Scottish Government initiative to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in homes.
Local help to make your home warmer/more energy efficient
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 on 0131 555 4010, email@example.com or visit www.changeworks.org.uk or Fuel Povery Advice on www.fifedirect.org.uk.
Lifeline 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.
Phone: 0800 999 0400 (Monday to Friday 8.30am -6pm, Saturday 9am -5pm)
Website: Lifeline 24
Alternatively, the Fife Falls Response Team can be contacted by pressing Community Alarm, via your GP or NHS24 (Tel. 111). A community alarm service is also available and further information can be found by clicking the following link.
Organisation: Fife Council
Website: Fife Direct