Boostin se­nior aler­tuse

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in the Se­niors Alert Scheme in County Louth has in­creased by 32% ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent fig­ures for the last year, ac­cord­ing to Fine Gael TD, Fer­gus O’Dowd.

Fig­ures to end of Oc­to­ber show that 943 peo­ple in Louth were reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants on the scheme com­pared to 712 par­tic­i­pants at the same stage of 2017. This is an in­crease of 231 on last year.

“The Se­nior Alerts Scheme sup­ports vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing them with a free mon­i­tored alarm which they wear on their per­son and which they can ac­ti­vate if they need as­sis­tance,” said Deputy O’Dowd. “I am de­lighted to see that the num­ber of peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in this scheme lo­cally has in­creased so much. It is clear ev­i­dence that older peo­ple are feel­ing the ben­e­fits of the scheme.

The per­son­alised alarms are pro­vided for free and mon­i­tor­ing is free for the first year. From the sec­ond year on a mod­est yearly mon­i­tor­ing fee is charged. Con­tact Pobal on 01 511 7222 or visit www. pobal.ie.

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