Increase in approvals for personal alarms for older people
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.