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Alert scheme launched for seniors

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:17am

An information meeting about a new alert scheme is coming to Cork.

The new Seniors Alert Scheme, which gives peace of mind and security to older people in their homes, has been launched by Pobal and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Pobal is a not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.

The new scheme, which came into effect at the start of the month, provides people who are 65 years and older with a free personal monitored alarm and is run by local groups around the country.

An information meeting for Cork community groups will be held on 14 November in Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

To register your attendance log on to

All users have a base unit installed in their home which is connected to a national Seniors Alert Scheme helpline using landline or mobile telecommunications.

When the user activates the personalised alarm it puts a call through to the national call centre which is open 24/7/365.

The call centre operator talks to the person in their home and decides whether to alert a locally volunteer responder or, in potentially serious circumstances, the emergency services.

Jerry Murphy, Deputy CEO of Pobal, administrators of the scheme, said: “The Seniors Alert Scheme is a community response to keeping people connected to enable them live in their homes with confidence and independence. There are Seniors Alert Scheme local community groups in all 26 counties, all of which are listed on

“I would encourage all those with older family members or neighbours to contact their local community group to learn more about the scheme.”

For more information about your local community group, visit or call 01-5117222.

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