Living independently is a concern for many people who worry about having an accident at home. Telecare can provide a range of devices and services that use new technology to enable people to live with greater independence and safety in their homes.

Home Safety Checks

Fife Council’s ‘Safer Communities’ initiative offer a range of free safety and security visits which can be arranged directly or can be made on behalf of a client or relative. For further information visit Fife Carers on the Fife Direct Website.

Thinking and Planning Ahead

Thinking and planning ahead can help you to be more in control and able to manage any changes in your health and wellbeing. The following tools can assist with this.

Anticipatory Care Planning

Anticipatory Care Planning is about thinking ahead and understanding your health. It is about knowing how to use services better and it helps you make choices about your future care. Planning ahead can help you be more in control and able to manage any changes in your health and wellbeing. Many people with long term conditions or chronic health problems can benefit from having an Anticipatory Care Plan. Your Anticipatory Care Plan is not legally binding in any way, completing it is voluntary and it can be updated at any time to reflect changes in your thinking or circumstances.

The iHub website contains information and guidance to help you plan – Anticipatory Care Planning.

Power of Attorney

Having a Power of Attorney lets you plan what you want your chosen person to do for you in the future, should you become unable to make decisions about your own affairs. This might be a member of your family or perhaps a close friend.

What is a Power of Attorney leaflet.
Power of Attorney Top Tips leaflet.


If an adult is unable to make key decisions or take necessary actions to safeguard their own welfare a court can appoint a welfare guardian to do this for them.

What is a Guardianship Order leaflet.

The Scottish Office of the Public Guardian can help you consider how decisions will be made for you in the future.

Adult Protection If you are concerned about someone, for example you are worried that their injuries were not as a result of a fall, call the Adult Protection phone line on 01383 602200, or in an emergency call 999.

For further information please visit the Adult Support and Protection page on Fife Direct.