TQG AND POBAL (IRELAND)

POBAL COMMISSIONS TELEHEALTH QUALITY GROUP
TO REVIEW
SENIORS ALERT SCHEME
IN IRELAND

 

The Telehealth Quality Group has been commissioned to undertake a review of the ‘Operation and Delivery Model’ of the Seniors Alert Scheme that operates throughout the Republic of Ireland utilising community support as a model for identification of those in need.

Pobal (www.pobal.ie), the commissioning agency, acts as an intermediary for Irish Government and the European Commission programmes. It works closely with different stakeholders – with a focus on improving outcomes, especially for people who experience disadvantage or social exclusion.

The Seniors Alert Scheme has operated in the Republic of Ireland for 20 years. Social alarm services in the country date back to the early 1980s. The scheme has an interesting genesis concerned not just with the way that older people obtain help but also with fostering neighbourliness and community support. This is achieved through the involvement of neighbourhood watch groups and other local organisations.

With the wider range of technologies now available, the review is well-timed. Consultations are taking place with key stakeholders during September and October 2016. Those interested in expressing their views or making suggestions about the scheme are invited to get in touch.

The TQG work on this important review is being undertaken by Dr Malcolm Fisk (malcolm.fisk@dmu.ac.uk) and Dr Kevin Doughty (dr.k.doughty@btinternet.com ) . The review’s recommendations will be provided to the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government later in 2016.

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