20 December 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minster for Older People, Jim Daly, has today confirmed that there is to be an additional €400,000 allocated to the Senior Alerts Scheme.
Speaking on today’s announcement Minster Daly said, ‘ After flagging this issue as a priority for me I’m glad that my Government colleague, Minister Ring, has confirmed to me that the Senior Alerts Scheme is to receive a further €400,000 in order to meet the demand of the scheme.’
Initially the scheme was allocated €2.3 million when it was launched in October of this year, however after applications soared a decision has been taken to allocate additional funding.
Minister for Older People, Jim Daly is advising those in Cork eligible for the scheme to apply, ‘The criteria for the scheme have been widened meaning you do not need to be living alone to avail of the scheme. People who wish to avail of the scheme can do so by calling the National help line on 01 511 7222 or they can contact their local senior alert group.’
Concluding Minister Daly said, ‘It is important that we all play our part in looking after our older relatives and neighbours. However I would make a special appeal to all at this time of year to call and visit our elderly neighbours and family to have a chat and to ensure they have everything they need.’