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 € […]

Seniors Alert Scheme funding cut by €300,000

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  A decision to slash funding for the Seniors Alert Scheme has been slammed as “disgraceful” by Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the cut was confirmed to him in a Parliamentary Question he put to […]

Seniors Alert Scheme – Pobal Review

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As part of the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) review announced in August 2016, Pobal has issued a Request for Information (RFI). Pobal has stated this request is a “market sounding exercise to obtain market information in respect […]

5 Lifeline Alarms For Your Elderly Parent (…pendant alarm buttons NOT included)

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  If you’re concerned about an elderly parent or family member’s ability to live safely at home, you may already have considered buying them a pendant alarm. Many people start thinking about emergency lifeline buttons after […]

Hidden Costs of Telecare (Part 1) Pendant Alarm Battery

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The battery on your emergency pendant should last around 3-5 years. However, this will depend on its quality and how often it’s pressed. Some companies charge every time the battery needs replaced (typically around €45 in Ireland). To avoid any nasty surprises […]

Consent, Capacity, Ethics – Event For Healthcare Professionals

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A one-day conference is taking place on 22nd June 2016 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin entitled Medical Ethics, Consent, Capacity & End Of Life Care. It will examine the law relating to caring for vulnerable adults, […]