New Seniors Alert Scheme free for older citizens

New Seniors Alert Scheme free for older citizens

Brendan Grehan

LOCAL TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is calling on senior citizens in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newastle, Saggart, Brittas and Rathcoole to apply for the new and enhanced Seniors Alert Scheme, which came into effect today, November 2.

The renewed Seniors Alert Scheme, provides older persons (65 years and over) with a free personal monitored alarm.

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Minister Fitzgerald told The Echo: “A new range of measures has been introduced by the Department, which means that from this year on, you no longer have to be living alone in order to qualify for the scheme. Speaking to older people living locally, I know they feel this scheme helps keep them stay connected to their community and enables them live in their homes with confidence and independence. I hope the renewed scheme will help even more people enjoy a greater sense of security and peace of mind in their own homes.”

Under the scheme all users have a base unit installed in their home which is connected to a national Seniors Alert Scheme helpline using landline or mobile telecommunications. When the user activates the personalised alarm it puts a call through to the national call centre which is open 24/7/365.