SENIOR citizens in Co Louth can feel safer in their own homes, according to Minister Fergus O’Dowd, thanks to the new Seniors Alert Scheme which is now accepting applications.
Monitored personal alarms, monitored smoke detectors, monitored carbon monoxide detector, external security lights and internal emergency lighting are available under the scheme.
The Minister of State has urged senior citizens and their family and friends throughout the county to be aware of the scheme and the help it can provide.
“This scheme will provide grant support to supply equipment to enable older people without sufficient means to continue to live securely in their home with confidence, independence and peace of mind,” said Minister O’Dowd.
Senior citizens who would like to get a personal alarm or any of the other vital security equipment on offer under the Seniors Alert Scheme should contact the relevant community group in their area.
“A personal alarm or security lighting can help our older citizens feel safe, while helping to deter possible burglars from targeting them,” he said.
The scheme replaces the scheme of Community Support for Older People which has been discontinued. Grant support will be made available through community and voluntary groups registered with the Department.
A person will be eligible for grant aid if he or she is aged over 65 years, of limited means or resources, living alone or with another person who meets the eligibility criteria, resides within the geographical area of the relevant community group and is prepared to maintain contact with the community group.
For more details contact Ait na Daoine on 042-9334984 or 042-9326645.