New Eir­code fridge mag­net for older peo­ple is launched

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

A NEW Eir­code fridge mag­net for older peo­ple to be used in case of am­bu­lance emer­gen­cies was launched at the Co. Wick­low Older Per­son’s AGM held in the Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre.

The Older Per­son’s Coun­cil is a mem­ber of Wick­low Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Network and rep­re­sents the voice of older peo­ple at lo­cal gov­ern­men­tal level.

Chair­per­son Mai Quaid made the open­ing ad­dress and the guest speak­ers were Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle and Pa­tri­cia Rikkard-Clarke, Chair of the Na­tional Safe­guard­ing Com­mit­tee, Chair of the Third AGE’s Na­tional Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, SAGE, Sup­port and Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice for Older Peo­ple.

Min­is­ter of State Doyle wel­comed the re­lease of the Eir­code fridge mag­nets in what is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Wick­low and Kil­dare County Coun­cils and the HSE.

‘In an emer­gency call, the re­spon­der asks for the Eir­code which is of­ten not to hand or is still of­ten un­known im­me­di­ately.

‘These fridge mag­nets will be eas­ily read, will come with a semi-per­ma­nent marker but can be writ­ten on with an ordinary pen and will pro­vide peace of mind to older peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

‘I am pleased to launch this ini­tia­tive here today at the Older Per­sons Network AGM and I wel­come the fact that Wick­low is at the fore­front in terms of de­vis­ing so­lu­tions and mak­ing life a lit­tle bit eas­ier for our el­derly pop­u­la­tion.

‘Small de­vices such as per­sonal alarms and hav­ing your Eir­code read­ily avail­able can make all the dif­fer­ence.

‘The HSE will take part in this pro­gramme in that pub­lic health nurses will dis­trib­ute the mag­nets to older peo­ple who are of­ten hard to reach oth­er­wise and the Gar­dai will also be in­volved as the com­mu­nity guards main­tain a regis­ter of older per­sons,’ said the Min­is­ter of State.

All present broke for lunch fol­low­ing the open­ing ad­dresses and participat­ed in a raf­fle, before en­joy­ing a dance to some live mu­sic from Liam Gar­rett per­formed at the tea dance event that fol­lowed.

Mai Quaid, Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle, Deputy Pat Casey and Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris with Richella Wood at the launch of MyEir­code fridge mag­net at the Older Per­sons AGM in Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre, Laragh.

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