Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has encouraged people over the age of 65 across Roscommon and Galway to apply for the Seniors Alert Scheme.

Senator Hopkins stated, “The Seniors Alert Scheme is incredibly important for older people. A personal alarm can help to give an older person a much greater sense of security. There is free personal monitoring of the alarm for the first 12 months, after which a person pays a small fee.”

“The alarm can be worn around the wrist or as a pendant, and this allows them to access assistance, should they need it, anywhere around the house. It is monitored 24 hours per day.  To be eligible for the scheme, an individual must be over the age of 65 and in receipt of fuel allowance, it is no longer dependent on living alone.”

Senator Hopkins continued, “since 2015, almost 2,700 across Roscommon and Galway have availed of personal alarms under the scheme. I have received numerous phone calls particularly over the past number of months of people who wish to avail of the scheme. I want to acknowledge the significant work of the many community organisations who assist with the delivery of this scheme.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “Older people can feel vulnerable in their own homes, particularly those living in rural or isolated areas. Applying for a personal alarm can give people a greater sense of safety in their own home and I would strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider applying for the scheme.