Seniors Alert Scheme: almost 18,000 avail of personal alarms in Dublin

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett  

Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD,  has encouraged vulnerable older persons to avail of personal monitored alarms through the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS).

The Seniors Alert Scheme provides funding for a personal monitored alarm for people aged over 65 years. In 2020, 662 registered community and voluntary organisations actively implemented the scheme with 21 organisations across Dublin.

At least 17,589 older people in Dublin availed of the personal monitored alarms,  making it the county with the highest among older persons to participate in the scheme across Ireland.  

These organisations have extensive networks among their local communities, and help to provide services for senior citizens, such as the provision of befriending services and social supports.

Speaking about SAS, Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State said:

“The Seniors Alert Scheme is a wonderful initiative as it enables vulnerable, older people to continue to live in their homes independently, bringing security and peace of mind to individuals and their families.

“Particularly as we approach the winter months, I would encourage individuals to contact their local registered community group to access this life enriching support.”

The Department of Rural and Community Development funds this scheme with €5.1m provided in 2020. Last year’s SAS Annual Report highlights the importance of the scheme and stated 16,939 new participants joined in 2020, with 57 per cent of SAS participants living alone, and another 7 per cent being alone for significant periods of time.  Almost two thirds (65%) of those accessing the scheme are female.

PHOTO – Minister Joe O’Brien calls on older persons in Dublin to avail of supports through the Seniors Alert Scheme

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