Providing services for older people in Glenrothes and the surrounding area

Later Life Choices Glenrothes (formerly Age Concern Glenrothes ) was formed in 1964. We are a charity mainly funded by the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership to provide day services for older people (age 65+) from our centre at Scott Road and also out in the wider community.  Our service provision area includes Glenrothes, Leslie, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie and Thornton.

We took the decision to change our name from Age Concern Glenrothes from July 2021 to better reflect the organisation as it is today.  It has developed so much over the last 10 years and pre-lockdown was delivering six different services providing around 200 spaces a week to older people in the Glenrothes area.  This included Active Ageing Day Care sessions (including a dedicated services for people with a diagnosis of dementia), Dementia Activity Groups, Dementia Home Support, Befriending, Community based services and Help to Stay at Home services.

We are currently providing 4 Active Ageing Day Sessions a week Monday to Thursday (2 of which are dedicated to older people with a diagnosis of dementia), and 1 hourly or 2 hourly Help to Stay at Home visits. Activities can include chatting, cognitive stimulation activities, seated exercises, games, music therapy, reminiscing or just having a “good old blether”. In some instances, we can provide some practical support and/or respite for carers. The 2 hourly visits allow for outings in the community. We can also offer general advice and signpost to other services. It should be noted that Later Life Choices Glenrothes does not provide cleaning or shopping services. There is a nominal charge for attending a day session, and no charge for Help to Stay at Home visits.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our clients and staff at all times. Risk Assessments are in place for each visit and reviewed and updated regularly. Our staff adhere to current guidelines in relation to physical distancing and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 In line with the Active Ageing Day Service Model, our criteria for allocating places is to meet the needs of those who are isolated, at risk of physical and mental decline, and showing signs of vulnerability. Placements are subject to regular review and support planning.

We are able to support older people and their carers who are living with dementia. We provide all of our staff with in-house dementia awareness training in addition to facilitating the Best Practice in Dementia Care six months course provided by the University of Stirling. We have over 10+ years of experience of supporting older people living with dementia and are dedicated to continually evolving our service provision to reflect current evidence-based methods of support.

We have a passion for supporting older people and are committed to providing excellent person centred services.

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