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New Befriending Phone-Call Initiative To Support Older People In Clare

Caitlin Griffin
Caitlin Griffin

02:20 6 Apr 2020


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Deputy Joe Carey encourages 1,982 local Seniors Alert Scheme
participants to ensure their personal alarm is activated

Clare TD Joe Carey is encouraging the 1,982 local participants in the Seniors Alert Scheme to ensure their personal alarm is activated following the announcement of a new befriending phone-call initiative by the Government.

"As part of the measures to support older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has announced a new befriending phone-call initiative for those on the Seniors Alert Scheme.”

The initiative, which was announced by Minister Michael Ring, will be funded by his Department of Rural and Community Development, and will be operated in conjunction with POBAL and ALONE.

Deputy Carey added: “The Seniors Alert Scheme is designed to provide peace of mind and local assistance to older people, so it is well placed to be used for this new initiative to support people who may be struggling during the COVID-19 period.Cl

“Test your alarm to ensure it is working. You will then receive a call back from your monitoring provider or local community group. They will ask if you would like to avail of a befriending call service through ALONE.

“It is really positive to see ALONE involved in this initiative as they have the nationwide capacity to provide this service, and of course they are well attuned to the needs of older people given the valuable work they already do in or communities."

The ALONE Helpline can be contacted on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know.

 


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