The Fife Shine (Reshaping Care for Older People) team is implementing a range of initiatives to support older people to live and thrive at home in ways that are safe and sustainable. This involves harnessing community resources such as businesses and care cooperatives, and developing 'micro-enterprises'.
These micro-enterprises will allow older people to access tailored packages of care that are personalised to them and their family. The care provided through these packages is preventive, timely and will strengthen self-reliance and resilience in individuals, families and communities.
Older people will benefit from care that is tailored to their specific needs and which is delivered by micro-providers, who are often already known to them as friends or neighbours. Anticipatory services will respond to early warning signs, which will reduce hospital admissions. Informal carers will feel better supported to provide care.
BRAG are working in partnership with NHS Fife to identify and support different types of small scale provision. As a result we now have a growing network of micro-providers some of whom are social enterprises, small voluntary initiatives, some are sole traders, some un-incorporated. Our role is to focus on micro-enterprise development, offer continuous support and business advice including advice specifically around the legalities of working with elderly people.