Additional funding for Seniors Alert Scheme in Carlow after applications quadruple.

22nd December, 2017

Additional funding is available for the Seniors Alert Scheme following an upsurge in applications for the free personalised alarms for people in Carlow over 65, Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering has said.

The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, initially allocated €2.3 million for the Seniors Alert Scheme in October.

The rate of applications for personal alarms quadrupled in November after Minister Ring widened the eligibility criteria for the scheme and launched a nationwide publicity campaign, leading the Minister to allocate an additional €400,000.

Deputy Deering said “It’s very positive to see a good uptake for this scheme. An additional 38 seniors were approved for the Scheme here in Carlow since October.

“We need to make sure that as many of our older people avail of this scheme as possible, which is why I want am encouraging everyone reading this to get the word out.

“All you have to do is make contact with your local Seniors Alert group. There are eleven groups around the county and you can find out about your local group by logging on to or phoning 01 5117222.

“The community groups that are supporting its delivery are providing a valuable service and deserve great credit.

“This measure exists with the support of local voluntary groups and if users feel in danger or require immediate assistance they can activate the device which will alert designated members of their community who can then assist them.

“There is free personal monitoring of the alarm for the first 12 months after which the person pays a small fee. This measure contributes greatly to the safety and wellbeing of senior citizens in their homes.

“This funding for Carlow seniors demonstrates this Government’s commitment to the safety of older people in our community,” the Fine Gael TD. said.

Minister Ring said: “The best present you could get an older relative or neighbour this Christmas is to sign up them up for free a personalised alarm.

“I want to urge people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours at this time of year. Christmas can be a challenging time for some older people. Small gestures can make a big difference for someone who is living alone. Reaching out to an older person in your community can help brighten up their Christmas, whether it’s popping in for a chat, or lighting the fire or bringing someone some food.”