What is it?
The Seniors Alert Scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind by providing them with a free personal monitored alarm. It is administered locally by ourselves at Beara West Family Resource Centre.
How does it work?
Older people get a free personal alarm or pendant. The alarm can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist like a watch. When pressed it connects wirelessly to a base unit, usually attached to a phone. The base unit immediately sends a call to a 24 hour monitoring centre.
How do you get an alarm?
Simply contact us here at Beara West Family Resource Centre on 027-70998 and we will apply on your behalf.
Can two people receive an alarm or pendant?
Yes as long as they both meet the eligibility criteria.
Can I make an application on behalf of another person?
Yes. You can contact us on behalf of a loved or neighbour. However, the application details must be in that person’s name.
How much will it cost?
It’s free. The equipment is funded through the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and administered by Pobal.
However there is a fee for monitoring the alarm which you will be asked to pay.
Who is eligible to apply for an alarm?
A person is eligible is he or she is:
- Aged 65 or older;
- Of limited means or resources;
- Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria;
- Resides within the geographical area of the relevant registered organisation;
- Able to benefit from the equipment supplied;
- Prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.
How long will it take for the equipment to be installed?
We will apply to Pobal on your behalf. Once your application has been approved by Pobal, we will contact the designated supplier to arrange installation. The equipment will be installed as soon as possible.
“The Seniors Alert Scheme gives great piece of mind to older people we work with, they know that if they have a fall or need help with anything, assistance is just a press of a button away.” – Mary Fitzsimons, Family Carers Ireland, Rathgar
“Sometimes older people can feel vulnerable or isolated particularly if they are living alone. We’ve found that the Seniors Alert Scheme gives them great reassurance and comfort. It helps them to feel protected and secure.” – Debbie Daly, Active Retirement Club, Mullingar