El­derly warned not to pay for ex­pen­sive pri­vate panic alarms

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

FIN­GAL Com­mu­nity Alert who in­stall free panic alarms for the el­derly in homes across the county have warned the over-65s that pri­vate com­pa­nies are sell­ing sim­i­lar sys­tems with­out no­ti­fy­ing cus­tomers of the cheaper al­ter­na­tive.

Frank Fleming, who vol­un­teers his time with Fin­gal Com­mu­nity Alert told the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent of one case where an el­derly woman com­plained to the Gar­daí af­ter los­ing a €100 de­posit to a pri­vate com­pany af­ter she learned of the Fin­gal Com­mu­nity Alert scheme.

The scheme in­stalls the sys­tem for free and then charges a €66 yearly mon­i­tor­ing fee which can be paid in in­stal­ments. By con­trast, Mr Fleming said some of the pri­vate sys­tems can cost up to €400 each year.

Fin­gal Com­mu­nity Alert has fit­ted the sys­tem in hun­dreds of homes in the Fin­gal area and Frank is ap­peal­ing for peo­ple to get in ouch to have their alarms fit­ted free of charge for those over 65.

For any el­derly per­son who wants to avail of the panic alarms they can con­tact Frank at Fin­gal Com­mu­nity Alert on 01-8436707.

Frank Fleming (cen­tre) of Fin­gal Com­mu­nity Alert with Task Com­mu­nity Care Ro­nan Bunting and vice chair Nuala Deignan which will in­stall free panic alarms to el­derly peo­ple in their homes.

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