Senior alert scheme

Published on February 23, 2023

Seniors Alert Scheme

The Seniors Alert Scheme provides funding for a free personal monitored alarm for people aged 65 and older and of limited means. The scheme is intended to support older people to live securely and independently in their homes.

Who is eligible for the scheme?

To be eligible for the Seniors Alert Scheme, you must be aged 65 or over and have limited means or resources.

You must also be any of the following:

  • Living alone
  • Living alone for significant periods of time during the day
  • Living with someone who meets the criteria.
  • Caring for someone else in your household


All equipment and installation under the scheme are free. The alarm monitoring service is free for the first year, except if you have a mobile phone only and the cost will be €72. After the first year, you will be asked to pay the annual monitoring fee for a landline, €60 and for a mobile, €135. These prices are as at 01/02/2023.

What type of equipment can I get?

Funding is available to buy and install monitored personal alarms, which can be worn as a pendant or around your wrist like a watch. These alarms connect to a national helpline through a base unit installed in your home.

When the alarm is activated, it automatically rings the helpline, which is open 24 hours a day all year round. A helpline operator talks to you in your home and decides whether to alert a local volunteer responder or, if necessary, the emergency services.

Equipment supplied under the scheme remains the property of the registered group and must be returned to the group if no longer needed.

How to Apply


Piltown St. Vincent de Paul Conference: (086) 2096341