The Seniors Alert Scheme is proving popular with older people in Limerick with the numbers of people availing of it on the increase across the country, according to Fine Gael General Election Candidate for Limerick Maria Byrne.
“A total of 5,570 older people have availed of the Seniors Alert Scheme in Limerick since 2015.
“Last year 993 people were approved for the scheme in Limerick, and with numbers of applicants rising across the country, we can see that 454 people in Limerick have been approved already in the first 6 months of this year.
“The Senior Alerts Scheme is community led and supports people over 65 by providing them with a free monitored alarm which they can activate if they get into difficulty or need assistance. The Government has prioritised this scheme in recent years and ensured a significant increase in spending on the initiative.
“This has been great for our elderly community here in Limerick and I’m glad to see so many people availing of the scheme. It provides security and peace of mind to older people, particularly for those living alone. It gives them the independence they need while ensuring they feel connected to their community.”
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has revealed that more than 50,000 people have been approved for the Seniors Alerts Scheme since 2015 nationally.
He said: “The increase in users is a direct result of a significant increase in Government funding for the Scheme. Last year alone, more than €5.4 million was spent on the scheme with almost 20,000 new participants from around the country being approved for the personal security device. And in the first six months of this year, 10,000 people have already been approved.”
The personalised alarms are provided free of charge by the Department of Rural and Community Development and monitoring is free for the first year. From the second year on a modest yearly monitoring fee is charged.
Ms Byrne continued: “I strongly encourage more people in Limerick to register for the Seniors Alert Scheme. They can find out more by contacting the Carers Association on 061310434. They can also contact my office if they need assistance in registering for the scheme by phoning 061469590.”