Leitrim Community Groups encouraged to attend information meeting on new Seniors Alert Scheme

Leitrim Observer reporter

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Senior Alert Scheme

Senior Alert Scheme

Leitrim community groups are being encouraged to attend an information meeting on the new Seniors Alert Scheme on 6th December in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan.

The new Seniors Alert Scheme provides older persons (65 years +) with a free personal monitored alarm and is run by local groups around the country.

To register your attendance log on to Pobal.ie. Groups that may be interested in administering the scheme in their area are encouraged to come along to the information meeting to learn more about the scheme.

All users have a base unit installed in their home which is connected to a national Seniors Alert Scheme helpline using landline or mobile telecommunications. When the user activates the personalised alarm it puts a call through to the national call centre which is open 24/7/365.The call centre operator talks to the person in their home and decides whether to alert a locally volunteer responder or, in potentially serious circumstances, the emergency services.

Jerry Murphy, Deputy CEO of Pobal, administrators of the scheme, said: “The Seniors Alert Scheme is a community response to keeping people connected to enable them live in their homes with confidence and independence. There are Seniors Alert Scheme local community groups in all 26 counties, all of which are listed on Pobal.ie. I would encourage all those with older family members or neighbours to contact their local community group to learn more about the Scheme. You can find out about your local community group by logging on to www.pobal.ie or calling 01 5117222.”

 The main features of the new scheme include:

·         those eligible no longer have to be living alone

·         free monitoring of the alarm service for the first year

·         increase in administrative payment to community groups involved in rolling out the scheme.