Day services for adults with disability under review by Fife Council chiefs

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Fife Council said it is continuing to implement the review of its day services for adults with a disability.

The council says the number of adults is set to increase and in order to meet demand, services have to change.

This follows consultation over the last 18 months with people who use Adult Day Services, their carers, staff and other key agencies who have had their input into how services should be developed to meet future desires and needs.

Roseanne Fearon, head of service for adult services, said: “We are committed to putting the individual and the family at the heart of what we do. Our vision for Adult Day Services is based on consultation with individuals, families, partners and voluntary organisations. They told us they want flexible services, increased opportunities for young adults, for example, support to go to college, employment and gaining new skills and experiences, and support to access opportunities during evenings and weekends as well as weekdays to meet their lifestyle choices.

“At present, there are around 70,000 adults with a physical disability and 8,800 people with a learning disability in Fife. But this is due to increase rapidly in the next 20 years. The good news is that children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are living longer.

“In the face of this increasing demand, services need to adapt and become more flexible to meet increased hopes and aspirations for a fulfilling life.

“Action taken to examine what is currently provided, examine what the not for profit sector deliver and examine the type of services needed, can help put Fife in a position where it will have sustainable and quality services now and in the future.”