Elderly warned not to pay for expensive private panic alarms
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.