Seniors Alert Scheme

What is the Seniors Alert Scheme?

Its purpose is to enable persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind by providing them with a free personal monitored alarm. It is administered locally by community and voluntary groups from your area.

How does the scheme work?

Older people get a free personal alarm and pendant. The alarm can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist like a watch. When pressed it connects wirelessly to be a base unit, usually attached to a phone. The base unit immediately sends a call to a 24 hour monitoring centre.

How do you get an alarm?

Simply contact a local community or voluntary group operating the scheme in your area and they will apply on your behalf. The list of approved registered groups in on the Pobal website.

Can two people receive an alarm or pendant?

Yes, as long as they both meet they eligibility criteria.

Can I make an application on behalf of another person?

Yes. You can contact your local community group on behalf of a loved one or neighbuor. However, the application details must be in that person’s name.

How much will it cost?

The equipment is funded through the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and administered by Pobal.

However, there is free for monitoring the alarm which you will be asked to pay. Contact Us for monitoring cost details.

Who is eligible to apply for an alarm?

A person will be eligible if he or she is:

  • Aged 65 years or older;
  • Of limited means or resources;
  • Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Resides within the geographical area of the relevant registered organisation;
  • Able to benefit from the equipment supplied;
  • Prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.

How long will it take for the equipment to be installed?

A local group from your area will apply to Pobal on your behalf. Once your application has been approved by Pobal, the registered group contacts the designated supplier to arrange installation. The equipment is installed as soon as possible.

What organisations may participate in scheme?

Any organisation wishing to deliver the scheme in their area must be a community based, voluntary and not-for-profit organisation.

Organisation can register online at