A KINCARDINE mum has spoken of the necessity of more health and care services in the area after her home support was cut.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Advertiser she has complex health care needs and is also a verified carer for her son, who suffers from similar conditions.

Until very recently, the pair were receiving support from LinkLiving, a healthcare service which operates across Fife from their hub in Kirkcaldy.

Speaking to the Advertiser, the resident was very despondent after having her care cut and was unsure how she would cope going forward.

She said: “I’m a carer for my son and we were getting support from LinkLiving for two hours, three times a week.

“We were in the position of looking for more hours, especially at the weekend, when they decided to pull the plug.

“We eventually received a letter which stated the people who they were already supporting would not be affected.

“Nobody had the courtesy to phone me, we were told by my son’s support worker that he wouldn’t be back and that was the end of support because of geographical reasons.

“We’ve come up against this time and time again as we stay in Kincardine, I can’t access support in Alloa, Stirling or Falkirk, so the nearest is Leven.

“Kincardine has no groups, nothing for mental health, it’s about time this changed.”

Due to changes in their services, LinkLiving confirmed they have stopped providing their support network to Kincardine, citing distance as a key factor in pulling out.

The LinkLiving hub is situated in Kirkcaldy, which means any support worker would face a 54 mile round trip.

The Advertiser reached out to LinkLiving for a response, with the care network explaining that that kind of journey was no longer sustainable.

A spokesperson for LinkLiving said: “Following a review of our Fife services in late 2023, we identified one support arrangement in Kincardine which, due to the distance from our operating hub in Kirkcaldy, was unfortunately not sustainable for us as it cost us too much in travel expenses and staff time to provide the support.

“We understand any change of service provision can be disruptive and so it is not something we do lightly.

“We have communicated with the people and families impacted since we made these decisions in February 2024.

“As part of this decision making process and communications, we have notified the social work department and made sure clients are aware of alternative support providers working in their area by signposting these.”