Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (120)

Billy Timmins

Question:

120. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding a monitoring fee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21648/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Seniors Alert Scheme aims to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities by providing grant assistance towards the purchase and installation of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. The Scheme is administered by local community and voluntary groups with the support of my Department.

The maximum grant per beneficiary for equipment is as follows:

-  Monitored personal alarms (with pendant) - €250

-  Additional pendant/Re-installation - €50

The annual monitoring costs (generally between €60-€80 per annum) are borne by the beneficiary.