Many people in Fife will be responsible for caring for a relative at some point in their life and there is a range of help and support available for you and the person that needs care. When you have to care for another person, it is a demanding and often a difficult time, so it can help to get both professional support and share experiences and ideas with other people in the same situation.

This page aims to let you know about all public and voluntary support that is available in Fife so you can get what’s right for you and your family.

We can help: 

  • with respite care, so you and the person you care for can get a break
  • arrange for adaptations around your loved one’s home
  • arrange for a home carer or meals on wheels

Every carer has the right to an assessment of their need just as much as the person that they are caring for. If you would like more information then your local Social Work Office can help you.  The Fife Carers Centre can also help put you in touch with a range of services.

Adult Placement

We provide family based care in the homes of carers across Fife. You'll live with the family as a member of their family.

Our carers are recruited from the local community and after training, we try our best to match you or your loved one with the best carer for their needs.

There are 45 carers across Fife offering this service and the scheme is one of 16 across Scotland.  We can offer you or your loved one long term, short term or day care.  We can also offer short respite breaks so carers can have some free time, and people with a disability can enjoy a change of scene.

Respite Care for Adult Carers

As a carer you may need a break from time to time to help you to recharge your batteries. This can be whether you are caring full or part-time for someone elderly or for a child, in your own home or in their home. Often the person you are caring for will also enjoy a change of scene or seeing a new face.  

If an assessment of needs highlights that respite care is required, we can arrange for the person you care for to receive help:

  • at home
  • in a day centre
  • in a residential home
  • in a nursing home
  • in hospital 

We can also offer a direct payment of cash for you to arrange care by a person or organisation of your choice.  Respite can be taken in the form of short breaks of an hour or two, one or two days a week or longer periods if necessary.  It can be flexible to help you and the person you care for. 

In some cases, respite care is free and in others there will be a charge. Residential respite is also available for older people and for children and young people.

Here are just some of the things we can organise to help give you a break:

Home Care
The home care service provides practical support to help you and the person you care for live as independently as possible in your own home.  It is available 7 days a week throughout the year and is provided by trained Home Carers.

Meals on Wheels
We can deliver meals to the person you care for through the meals on wheels service. Meals can be delivered hot or frozen.  We cater for most diets and medical conditions, for example, vegetarian or diabetic.

Day Services
The person you care for may be able to get day services to enable you to have a break from caring. This could involve:

  • a regular visit to a day centre or lunch club
  • help to get to and from activities in your community

A range of sensors and devices around your home can make life easier.

Information and Advice
You can speak to staff at your local Social Work Office or from the Fife Carers Centre (this takes you to an external website).  The Fife Carers Centre provides help and support to unpaid carers of people with all types of illness and disabilities throughout Fife. You don't need a referral - just speak to them directly for advice and support.

Hospice Care

Hospices provide care for terminally ill people and offer support to their carers.  This can be both in the hospice and at home.  A doctor or hospital consultant will arrange admission to a hospice in your area.

If your needs are not of a medical nature then the Social Work Service can make arrangements for social respite.  This will offer your carer further support in managing your care.

Living Well With Dementia

Dementia is a term for various long-term and progressive conditions that affect the brain. These include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Fronto-temporal dementia
  • Parkinson’s dementia
  • Mixed dementia (people with more than one type of dementia)
  • Other rarer types of dementia

While there are similarities experienced by people who have different types of dementia, no two people will experience dementia the same way.

For further information about the types of dementia:

By 2016, all people with dementia who come into contact with Adult Services (Resources) will have access to a high quality, person-centred service provided by skilled social care staff.

The strategy aims to:

  • Raise awareness of dementia
  • Encourage early diagnosis
  • Provide tailored and person-centred support at every stage of the condition
  • Ensure staff are skilled and knowledgeable
  • Take forward the national and local strategies

For the full strategy see the publication section.


Social Work Enquiries
Tel: 03451 55 15 03 Contact Social Work Enquiries online
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