The Seniors Alert Scheme - What You Need To Know
Date Posted: 18.11.2012
The Seniors Alert scheme is run by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. This replaced the former Scheme of Community Support for Older People.
However, grants are only available through community and voluntary groups registered with the Department, and there are not many. Below is a summary of the scheme, from Citizens Information.
To be eligible for the scheme you must be:
- 65 of over with limited means or resources
- Living alone or with someone who is also eligible
- Living in an area covered by a registered community group
- Able to benefit from the supplied equipment
- Willing to stay in contact with the community group
Types of Equipment Supplied
- Monitored personal alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors
- External security lights
- Internal emergency lights
The Application Process
Applications must be made by the registered community group in your area. When they identify a person needing support, they:
- Assess the person's eligibility and complete the relevant application form
- Identify the required equipment and obtain quotations from suppliers
- Submit the application to the Department
Apply to your Local Group
If you feel you may be eligible for grant support you should contact the group registered to operate the scheme in your area. Click here for a list of registered groups.
Note: The Department does not accept applications from individuals for grant support.
Groups wishing to register for the scheme should contact the Senior Alert Scheme (SAS) Unit in the Department or download the registration application form (pdf).
Further information on the scheme is available on the Department’s website.
Source : www.seniorcare.ie, January 2012, retweeted November 2012