Older people, especially those living alone need to feel safe in their home.

Families also need to know that in the event of an accident, a fall, health issue or should they receive a visit from unwanted guests, they can send for help immediately.

The personal monitored alarm alerts carers and family members if such an incident occurs. The alarm will connect to your regular landline and can also be used if no regular landline exists in the home.

It will be pre-programmed with contact details of carers/family members provided to installer and when the alarm is pressed, either on the wrist or neck pendant, the monitoring station responds within one minute.

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership is your registered organisation to supply personal monitored alarms through the Seniors Alert Scheme in Fermoy and some surrounding towns and villages.

Applicants must be 65 years or over and be of limited means of resources. Where applicant is living with another eligible person, then each person should complete an application form.

If applicant is connected to a landline there is no charge on the alarm and no monitoring fee for the first year. Second and subsequent years, the monitoring fee will be €65 + VAT payable to the monitoring company.

If applicant does not have a landline then they will receive a GSM alarm, first year monitoring is free, second and subsequent years monitoring and sim charge will be €137 + VAT per year.

The alarm is the property of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership and must be returned if it is no longer required so it can be re-cycled and given to another applicant.

Application forms are available at Fermoy Garda Station (Community Garda Conor Gately), from Resource Centre, Fermoy, Citizens Information Fermoy also available from Mary Allen, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, The Mill, Castletownroche, tel: 022-46580.