In­crease in ap­provals for per­sonal alarms for older peo­ple

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of older peo­ple in the gar­den county who have been ap­proved for the Se­niors Alerts Scheme has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly since 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Ru­ral and Community De­vel­op­ment, 422 peo­ple in Wick­low were ap­proved for the scheme in 2018, up from 52 in 2015. 110 were ap­proved in 2016 and 268 in 2017. 172 peo­ple had been ap­proved up un­til June 28.

The Se­nior Alerts Scheme pro­vides fund­ing for a per­sonal mon­i­tored alarm, connected to a con­tact cen­tre, for peo­ple aged 65 or over. The alarm can be ac­ti­vated by the per­son if they re­quire as­sis­tance.

Over 50,000 peo­ple na­tion­wide have been ap­proved for the Se­niors Alerts Scheme since 2015. In 2018, over €5.4 mil­lion was spent on the scheme with 19,228 ap­provals across the coun­try. 10,018 peo­ple have been ap­proved na­tion­wide so far this year.

Min­is­ter Ring said,‘It’s great to see how the Se­niors Alert Scheme has taken off, es­pe­cially in the last two years. I call on peo­ple with older rel­a­tives or neigh­bours to alert peo­ple to the scheme and, if nec­es­sary, to help them sign up. It’s a good idea to reg­is­ter in ad­vance of the ar­rival of win­ter when older peo­ple can feel par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.’

The per­son­alised alarms are pro­vided free of charge by the depart­ment and mon­i­tor­ing is free for the first year. From the sec­ond year, a yearly mon­i­tor­ing fee is charged.

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