Valuable Services for Older Adults in the Avondhu Blackwater Area

The Seniors Alert Scheme is available to vulnerable older adults over 65 years and covers the cost of having a Socially Monitored Alarm installed in your home with an additional wrist button.  The alarms help provide assistance to anyone who is feeling unwell or in danger by alerting members of their family or community by just pressing the button on their wrist or pendant. Since 2015 Avondhu Blackwater Partnership have provided 633 individuals with monitored alarms.

There is no charge for the first year and the only cost to the individual is the monitoring fee from year two onwards.  Applicants will be offered support and advice about the scheme and we encourage anyone with questions to contact Avondhu Blackwater Partnership. Alarms must be returned to Avondhu Blackwater Partnership should applicants no longer require them or if they change their mind.  These alarms are then re-cycled and made available to future applicants. Application forms are available at Fermoy Garda Station (Community Garda Conor Gately), Gail Feerick, Fermoy Resource Centre and Fermoy Citizens Information Centre. 

Referrals are also taken for the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme to improve energy efficiency and warmth of homes owned by people on low incomes. The scheme provides funding for: Attic insulation, draught-proofing, lagging jackets, low-energy light bulbs, cavity wall insulation, and energy advice. 

Since June 2018 some new energy efficiency measures are covered.  The scheme may cover external or internal wall insulation, central heating and replacement windows if they are recommended by a technical surveyor from Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland.  Homes are surveyed and a house-by-house decision is made. Walls that are unsuitable for cavity wall insulation may qualify for external or internal wall insulation under the scheme. Heating upgrades may also be covered in certain cases e.g. if no existing central heating system exists in the home. Replacement windows may also be available in limited circumstances.

Following applications a surveyor will visit each home to confirm if applicant is eligible and assess the amount of work needed. Applicants who qualify for the Warmer Homes Scheme will own their own home, built prior to 2006.  They must also be in receipt of one of the following payments: Fuel Allowance, Working Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance (for over 6 months), Domiciliary Care Allowance, One Parent Family Payment or Carer’s Allowance (and live with the person they care for).

No charge applies to the householder for work carried out under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.  

If you wish to apply for any of the above please contact mary@avondhublackwater.com Tel: 022/47580

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