‘Seniors Alert Scheme’ (SAS) grant funding for pendant alarms is outlined below. This includes eligibility criteria and how to get a Seniors Alert monitored alarm in Ireland [Update: 20 Oct 2017 – Please see New Seniors Alert Scheme (2017) – What we know so far… for information on the new Seniors Alert Scheme due to begin 1 November 2017]
‘Seniors Alert Scheme’ grants are available for elderly and vulnerable older people in Ireland who could benefit from having a personal alarm/telecare system installed in their home. The scheme is currently administered by government agency, Pobal.
What is funded under the Seniors Alert Scheme?
Pendant/wristband alarms for people aged 65+ are funded under the scheme. The government grants do not have to be repaid and cover the cost of a complete pendant alarm system. That includes the pendant/wristband emergency alarm button and the telecare base-unit.
Seniors Alert alarm installations are also carried out free of charge under the scheme.
All you will pay is a yearly charge for 24/7 monitoring of the alarm. Under the Pobal scheme you must have decided upon a monitoring provider before your alarm installation is carried out. It is up to you, the individual whose name is on the grant form, to decide which telecare monitoring company to choose.
How do I apply for a personal alarm grant under the Seniors Alert Scheme?
Although the personal alarms are funded via Pobal, applications for grant funding are not made to them directly by the older person. Instead, to apply for a personal alarm, you should contact one of your your local community, voluntary/not-for-profit organisations who are registered with Pobal under the Scheme. Pobal provides an updated list of Seniors Alert Scheme Registered Organisations on their website. There are many hundreds of registered community groups who can apply for the Seniors Alert Scheme grant on your behalf.
24/7 monitoring under the Seniors Alert Scheme
Under the Seniors Alert Scheme, you can have the 24/7 monitoring carried out by any telecare monitoring company of your choice.
Our Sponsor, TASK Community Care, Ireland’s longest established telecare company, charges €66 yearly for 24 hour monitoring of telecare personal alarms. They also have some of the best call answering response times in Ireland with 99.7% of calls answered within 20 seconds. Whichever 24/7 monitoring company you choose, make sure they have the capacity to monitor the type of personal alarm you are having installed. Also, ask about their history of raising prices after the first year.
TASK has not increased their monitoring charges since 1991 and have one of the most advanced telecare monitoring centres in Ireland. They can monitor almost all makes of telecare equipment including Bosch, Tunstall, Tynetec, Chubb and many others. You can contact their County Meath office on 01 843 5889 with any questions about monitoring for your Seniors Alert Alarm.
Who is eligible to apply for a Seniors Alert Alarm?
You will be eligible for a Seniors Alert Alarm if you would benefit from the equipment supplied and are:
Aged 65 years or older; and
Of limited means or resources; and
Living alone, or with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and
Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and
Prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.
The full eligibility criteria, along with further information on the scheme, is contained within Pobal’s Seniors Alert Scheme Information Brochure.
What if I have any further questions about the Seniors Alert Scheme?
You should direct questions about the Seniors Alert Scheme to government agency Pobal in the first instance. Pobal’s client services team can be emailed about the scheme on email@example.com or reached by telephone: 01 511 7222. Pobal’s website also contains some further information.
Details on previous government funding and beneficiaries in Ireland under the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS):
Note: The 2010 amount stated in the above infographic of €3.1m is the allocated amount for that year. Actual government expenditure in 2010 for the Seniors Alert Scheme (previously Scheme of Community Support for Older People CSOP) is unconfirmed.
Community Organisations interested in registering for the Seniors Alert Scheme:
Any organisation interested in delivering the Seniors Alert Scheme in their area must be a community based, voluntary and not-for-profit organisation. The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people by providing personal alarms for elderly people. Therefore, community groups will be required to show evidence of previously working with, or providing services to, older people in the community. The scheme can only be operated by organisations registered with Pobal. Your organisation can register online at https://sas.pobal.ie to apply to deliver Seniors Alert Scheme grants. Further information on registering your community group is also contained within Pobal’s Seniors Alert Scheme Information Brochure.