Home care and home helps

We want to help you live at home independently, safely and for as long as possible. If you are a carer, having someone else to do a few tasks for your loved one can give you a little peace of mind and take some of the pressure off.

What can a home carer do for you?
Who can get home care?
How long can you have home care for?
Who provides home care?


If you think you or a relative needs help at home, the first thing you need to do is call for an assessment. Many of these services are free but there are charges for some.

What can a home carer do for you?

Our home carers can help you with personal care and basic practical tasks around the home (known as non-personal care.) Personal care includes help with: 

  •  Showering
  •  Breakfast
  •  Prompting you to take your medication
  •  Dressing
  •  Getting up and going to bed
  •  Using the toilet
  •  Practical help or non-personal care can include help with:
  •  Paperwork
  •  Dealing with the mail
  •  Attending appointments
  •  Cleaning and laundry

Who can get home care?

Home care is there to help if you are:

  • over 65 or
  • have a disability
  • chronic illness
  • mental health issue
  • dementia.

We can also help families with young children with a disability or chronic illness. So for example, if:

  •  you want to carry on living independently in your own home, rather than having to go into a residential home or a nursing home
  •  you have just come out of hospital and want to go back safely to your own home
  •  your family needs support to carry on living together at home.

How long can you have home care for?

This depends on your needs. We will speak to you regularly to make sure you are getting the best service. Over time you may need less help or more help. By keeping in touch with you we can make sure the service you get is right for you.

Who provides home care?

Home carers are either employed directly by Fife Council or one of our partners. All of our home carers go through regular training. We work with NHS Fife, Police, Fire and Community Safety experts to train people in other skills such as foot care, continence and community safety awareness.


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

Emergency Out of Hours Social Work Services
Tel: 03451 550099
By Post: New City House 1 Edgar Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7EP
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