New ‘Warmth and Wellbeing’ pilot scheme launched in local communities

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People over 55 with asthma and Chronic Pulmonary Disease in Firhouse, Jobstown, Tallaght and other parts of the Dublin 24 post code should check if they can avail of a new scheme to make their home winter ready, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Minister Zappone  says the decision to pilot the ‘Warmth and Wellbeing’ Scheme to make local homes more energy efficient is welcome and must be used to improve the quality of life of people in particular during periods of cold weather.

Under the scheme home and energy improvements can be carried out on the home of those with Asthma or Pulmonary disease once a number of provisions are met, including that they are in receipt of fuel allowance and they have approval of a health care official.

Minister Zappone said:

 “The success of this scheme in our local communities will ultimately lead to a decision as to whether it should be rolled out nationally, so there is a responsibility to get the word out to people who are eligible to have work carried out on their homes. Works covered by the scheme include attic and wall insulation, boiler replacement and draught proofing. Once an application is approved then a survey will be carried out to identify what works are necessary, so there is no room for delay if people are to have their home is winter ready before the end of the summer.

It is important that we get the word out to health professionals and that a special guide which was produced to promote the scheme is circulated to local doctor surgeries, health and community centres. A special helpline is also available at 1800 250 204 or people with asthma or pulmonary disease can ask their HSE representative. Making all homes energy efficient not only helps keep energy bills down but is very important for the health, in particular for people who are already vulnerable to colds, infections and other complications.”

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