Living independently

We are working hard to make more support available in the community or in people’s homes, rather than in acute hospitals.

We want people to be as independent as possible, and to be able to stay at home, or in a homely setting, for as long as they can.

When people do have to go into hospital for medical treatment, we want to support them to get back home as quickly as possible.

We support people to do all that in a number of ways:

  • care at home
  • care homes
  • sheltered housing
  • day services
  • short term care (reablement).

If you feel you need help due to illness, frailty, disability or you have concerns about the safety of an adult at risk of harm, please contact us at Social Care Direct:

Social Care Direct is open:
08.30 – 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 – 15.55 on Friday

If you need to contact us in an emergency in the evenings, weekends or public holidays, you can call the out of hours emergency line, free of charge from a landline.

Relay UK  helps people with hearing and speech difficulties communicate with anyone over the phone. You can use this service by dialling 18001 + the required telephone number. This is free of charge but standard network rates for your phone provider may apply. Please check with your provider. You can also visit the Relay UK website and download their app.

To use British Sign Language interpreting service free of charge to contact us, log on via ContactSCOTLAND-BSL or use their app.