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Local community groups are being invited to take part in a scheme which offers free personal alarms to older people, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Minister Zappone says the Senior Alert Scheme operates in partnership with voluntary groups and could make a real difference in Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Templeogue and Citywest where there is a strong community spirit.

The Independent Minister is encouraging local groups to apply now so that alarms can be distributed before the evenings start getting darker.

Minister Zappone added:

“Feeling safe and secure in your home is a basic right.

“Community groups which join the Senior Alert Scheme will be able to provide local older people with a free personal alarm which can be worn as a pendant or as a watch.

“When pressed it connects wirelessly to a base unit, which informs a 24 hour monitoring centre that something is wrong.

“The scheme is open to all people aged over 65 years of age with limited means or resources who live within the local area of a registered community group.

“While the alarms are provided for free a small monitoring fee may apply for the service.

“I would encourage our many vibrant and strong local organisations to consider joining the scheme and offering this service to people who may feel isolated, alone or vulnerable.

“Applications are being invited through www.pobal.ie. The site also contains a list of providers which are already registered for older people who may wish to acquire an alarm.

“This is an opportunity to give older members of our community peace of mind and is one which I hope groups will give serious consideration to signing up to.”

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