Pendant alarm – Weather Warning Advice – for users of monitored alarms

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Pendant alarms can be a lifeline anytime, but during disruptive weather conditions they can be even more important. That’s why it can be beneficial to know some functions of your monitored alarm – ideally before the bad weather hits.   Cold weather hazards can […]

Aerobic exercise may be most effective way to delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Can exercise potentially delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) even for those already diagnosed? Recent evidence from Exercise Physiologist, Gregory Panza, and his team in the Department of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut suggests it […]

Limerick pensioners warned to install safety alarms after suspicious death of 78-year-old

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GARDAÍ in Limerick have advised elderly people to acquire personal safety alarms to help them deal with a growing sense of fear in the wider local community. The advice follows the death of Rosie Hanrahan, […]

Parkinson’s disease symptoms delayed by exercise (new study)

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High-intensity exercise three times a week decreases worsening of motor symptoms in individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease. That’s according to a new trial led by Northwestern Medicine and University of Colorado School of Medicine scientists.   Parkinson’s […]

Demand for personal alarms surges under new Seniors Alert Scheme, €400,000 extra allocated

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Since the launch of the new Seniors Alert Scheme, there has been a fourfold surge in demand for senior citizens’ personal alarms, according to reports in today’s Independent.ie.   This is a dramatic turnaround, given the under-spend […]

Seniors Alert Scheme – Countrywide ‘Information Meetings’ Announced

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Changes to the Seniors Alert Scheme, will be outlined at a series of events due to take place across Ireland. The ‘information meetings’ being run by Pobal, will take place during November & December.  You can register to attend the […]

New Seniors Alert Scheme (2017) – What we know so far…

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  Following today’s announcement of the new Seniors Alert Scheme by Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD, here’s a roundup of changes to the existing scheme so far announced.   The new […]

New Seniors Alert Scheme launched today

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The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today (19 October) launched the new Seniors Alert Scheme in Summerhill, Co. Meath. The Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated €2.3 million for […]

Sleeping pills increase danger of falls, fractures in older users (New Study)

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Taking prescribed sleeping pills to treat insomnia may increase the risk of falling for older adults, according to new research.   You might think that if older adults are prescribed sleep medication, their risk of falling would reduce because […]

6 simple exercises to keep you mobile (…used by Physiotherapists)

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A new Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK animated video demonstrates how six simple exercises can keep people mobile and independent as they age.   From the age of thirty, people can lose up to 8% of […]

Telephone allowance is good news for Ireland’s pendant alarm customers

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  Many older people with pendant alarms or security systems, rely on their home phone-line to connect to a telecare monitoring centre. However with the removal of the previous telephone allowance (which was discontinued from 1 […]

Upcoming Telehealthcare Events (UK)

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Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Hospital Discharge Teams or anyone working in the HSE or Community Sector with an interest in finding out more about current healthcare technologies, could be well served by attending one of UK […]

Pobal calls for personal alarm applications under the Seniors Alert Scheme

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Pobal is calling on community groups around the country to avail of supports for personal alarms for the elderly under the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS). The move follows recent criticism of Pobal’s €800,000 underspend in the scheme’s 2016 […]

Owner of Emergency Response (Wexford) wrestling with “unsustainable debt burden”

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The UK-based private equity owner of Wexford personal alarm supplier Emergency Response, has been wrestling with an “unsustainable debt burden” according to a report in the Sunday Times (UK – subscription access).   Wexford-based Emergency Response Ltd, […]

Emergency call system breakdown results in fears for older residents

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The breakdown of an emergency call system in a local authority housing scheme has resulted in residents fearing for their lives.   According to a report in yesterday’s Herald.ie, the emergency system at Mellowes Court, Finglas, is […]

Seniors Alert Scheme “Under-subscribed”

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The Seniors Alert Scheme budget allocation has been significantly under-spent for the past four years, as reported by RTE.  According to official figures, government funding of €800,000 earmarked for the scheme in 2016 was not spent. […]

Monitored telecare alarms that warn of household threats

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A group of telecare devices known as ‘environmental sensors’ can warn of potential household threats, such as smoke, carbon monoxide or water leaks. These detectors can be a lifeline for anyone with mobility problems such […]

Telecare devices: what’s available?

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Many telecare devices can connect to the same ‘base-unit‘ meaning most can be easily added to an existing pendant alarm system. However, because there are many different types of telecare devices available, it can sometimes be difficult to remember […]

Seniors Alert Scheme funding: visualised 2006 – 2016

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*Seniors Alert Scheme 2010 funding amount (€3.1  million) is the allocated amount for that year. The actual expenditure is unconfirmed.     Seniors Alert Scheme funding – data in tabular format:   Year Amount (millions) 2006 € […]