Fife looks to revamp day care services for older people

Fife is looking to provide thne right care... at the right time. (Picture: Borya Photography)
Fife is looking to provide thne right care... at the right time. (Picture: Borya Photography)
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Partnership working is key to sustainable day care for older people

Partnership working is key to sustainable day care for older people

And the views and opinions of those who use Fife Council and NHS Fife day care services for older people will be critical in developing the services that help people remain safe and independent for as long as possible.

Over the coming weeks services users, families, carers, patients and staff who use and deliver day care will be asked their views on how services can be modernised and improved.

The vision is that through strengthened partnership working and feedback from the community, day care services can be transformed to meet rising demands, expectations and aspirations of people as they age now... and in the future.

Across the Kingdom, Fife Council currently provides and buys around 2660 day service places for people aged 65 and over, providing support and respite for the most vulnerable and their families. These services provide opportunities for social contact and stimulation, respite for carers and can delay the progression to long-term care by preventing deterioration.

A variety of medical and nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy is also provided through NHS Fife day care settings

With the size of Fife’s 75- plus population growing rapidly, the challenge for health and social care services is to meet increasingly complex individual needs as well as managing the expectations and aspirations of people who want to live independently for as long as possible.

With health and social care services integrating in one of the biggest changes seen in a generation, the transformation of day services will help to build on – and develop – the partnership working already taking place in Fife.

Louise Bell, service manager, residential and day services, Fife Council, said: “By working closely with NHS colleagues our vision is to create a person-centred service for Fife which is flexible, following a person through the later stages of their life journey so they get the right care, by the right people at the right time.

“Through our participation and engagement programme we want to hear about how we can do this from the people who use our services, their families and carers, as well as the staff providing the services. We need to challenge the traditional ways of delivering services so that people can have more choice and flexibility, not having things done to them or for them.

“The views and ideas of users of services, their families and carers will be central to modernising and shaping sustainable services. They will inform how we can develop ‘joined up’ working which creates opportunities for older people no matter how complex their needs.”

Yvonne McCallion, lead manager for reshaping care, NHS Fife said: “This is a great opportunity to work closely together to improve health and social day care facilities to ensure that in the future, the range of day care services available and the skills of staff meets the diverse and increasingly complex needs of an aging population.”