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Wednesday, 21st August 2019

Uptake of Senior Alert Scheme on the increase in Louth

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The Senior Alerts Scheme supports people over 65 by providing them with a free monitored alarm which they can activate if they get into difficulty or need assistance.

The Seniors Alert Scheme which provides people over 65 with a free monitored alarm which they can activate if they get into difficulty or need assistance, is becoming increasingly popular with older people in County Louth.

Last year 187 people were approved for the scheme in Louth but in the first six months of this year 118 people here have already been approved.

“A total of 1095 older people have availed of the Seniors Alert Scheme in Louth since 2015” said Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.

 “The Senior Alerts Scheme is community led and supports people over 65 by providing them with a free monitored alarm which they can activate if they get into difficulty or need assistance. The Government has prioritised this scheme in recent years and ensured a significant increase in spending on the initiative.

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“This has been great for our elderly community and I’m glad to see so many people availing of the scheme. It provides security and peace of mind to older people, particularly for those living alone. It gives them the independence they need while ensuring they feel connected to their community.”

O’Dowd continued: “I would strongly encourage more people to register for the Seniors Alert Scheme.  They can find out more by contacting Pobal, which administers the Scheme, on 01 511 7222, 1800 200 459 or visit www.pobal.ie . They can also contact my office if they need assistance in registering for the scheme.”

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has revealed that more than 50,000 people have been approved for the Seniors Alerts Scheme since 2015 nationally.

He said: “The increase in users is a direct result of a significant increase in Government funding for the Scheme. Last year alone, more than €5.4 million was spent on the scheme with almost 20,000 new participants from around the country being approved for the personal security device. And in the first six months of this year, 10,000 people have already been approved.”

The personalised alarms are provided free of charge by the Department of Rural and Community Development and monitoring is free for the first year. From the second year on a modest yearly monitoring fee is charged.

Local organisations administering this scheme include:

Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group, William Woods: 041 9846753

Monasterboice Community Text Alert, Anthony Callery: 041 9831 928

Togher Community Project Group, Michael Lynch: 041 6852 375

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