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 € […]

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 […]

Minister Catherine Byrne assumes responsibility for Seniors Alert Scheme

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Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy this week (on 15 May 2017) assumed responsibility for the Seniors Alert Scheme and also the Scheme of Supports for Volunteering.   Minister […]

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 […]

Radon Exposed: The Gas That Kills 250 Every Year In Ireland

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  Indoor radon inhalation kills more people in Ireland each year than carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and road accidents combined. It accounts for approximately 13% of all lung cancer deaths in Ireland (250 deaths yearly). This means one person […]

Arthritis Care Northern Ireland – FREE self management courses

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Arthritis Care Northern Ireland are running FREE self management courses during February & March 2017. These include courses for people with long term conditions, including Epilepsy, MS, Parkinson’s and Arthritis. They are designed to help people take control of […]

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 […]

6 Ways Telecare Can Help Carers

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  #1 Reduces Fear – Pendant alarms and telecare can reduce the fear that the person you care for could suffer a fall and be left lying alone when you are not there. With telecare […]