Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (585)

Denis Naughten


585. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to introduce grants for the installation of intruder alarms for older persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5240/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department is responsible for the Seniors Alert Scheme which encourages community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable them to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase by a registered community-based organisation of a personal alarm or pendant.

Following a review, a new version of the scheme came into effect on 1 November 2017. A number of changes were introduced under the new scheme including the provision of free monitoring for the first year and a revision of the living alone requirements. I am pleased to advise the Deputy that the revised scheme has been a resounding success with unprecedented levels of demand for the new package.

The issue of the introduction of funding for the installation of intruder alarms is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality.