Free Alarm Scheme to keep local older people safe

In News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Local community groups invited to join Senior Alert Scheme

Statement by Minister Denis Naughten

Local community groups are being encouraged by Minister Denis Naughten to avail of a Government Scheme which offers free personal alarms to older people. Minister Naughten has confirmed that the Government has allocated an additional €400,000 for the Seniors Alert Scheme following an upsurge in applications.

The rate of applications for personal alarms quadrupled last month nationally after the eligibility criteria was widened.

“As part of the changes introduced, older people no longer have to be living alone in order to qualify for the scheme,” stated Minister Naughten.

“The Senior Alert Scheme (SAS) operates in partnership with voluntary groups and could make a real difference in Roscommon-Galway where there is a strong community spirit,” stated Minister Naughten. The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage support for older people in our communities by providing personal monitored alarms to enable older people to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.

Minister Naughten is renewing his call to local community groups to apply.

“Feeling safe and secure in your home is a basic right. Community groups which join the Senior Alert Scheme will be able to provide local older people with a free personal alarm which can be worn as a pendant or as a watch. When pressed it connects wirelessly to a base unit, which informs a 24 hour monitoring centre that something is wrong.  The scheme is open to people in Roscommon-Galway over the age of 65 with limited means or resources and who live within the local area of a registered community group. While the alarms are provided for free a small monitoring fee may apply for the service after the first year. I would encourage our strong local organisations in Roscommon-Galway to join the Scheme and apply to offer this service to people who may feel isolated, alone or vulnerable. This is an opportunity to give older members of our community peace of mind and is one which I hope local groups across the county will sign up to.”

Funding is available under the scheme for the purchase of equipment, such as a personal alarm and pendant, by a registered organisation. The equipment will be funded by the Government  and made available through community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations registered under the Seniors Alert Scheme.

All information on the Scheme and applications forms are available here:  The site also contains a list of community groups and organisations in Roscommon-Galway that are already registered under the SAS.