The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant support for the supply of equipment to enable older people without sufficient means to continue to live securely in their homes. The scheme, which is run by Pobal, replaced the Scheme of Community Support for Older People in May 2010. The grant assistance is made available through community and voluntary groups registered with Pobal.
The scheme provides assistance to older people. To be eligible you must be:
Grant support is provided towards the cost of purchasing and installing monitored personal alarms, as well as additional or replacement pendants. Equipment supplied under the scheme remains the property of the community group.
An application for a grant is made by the registered community group for your area. When a community group identifies an older person in its area as needing assistance, it:
Groups can apply for grants all year round.
Groups wishing to participate in the scheme need to register with Pobal first. Community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations are eligible to register. They must have a recognised structure and be able to demonstrate a capability of managing the grants. They must also have a record of working with older people in the community. A group will not be able to register where there is an existing group operating the scheme in the area.
If you feel you may be eligible for grant support you should contact the group registered to operate the scheme in your area. You can contact Pobal at the address below for contact details. Pobal has information on groups that are registered (pdf) on its website. Pobal does not accept applications from individuals for grant support.
Groups wishing to register for the scheme can register online at https://sas.pobal.ie.
Further information on the scheme is available on Pobal’s website.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.