ALONE wins HSE Excellence Award For Innovative Support Coordination for Older Persons

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Dublin, 20th December 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has been awarded the overall HSE Excellence Award for its innovative Support Coordination hub development for older people in Dublin North city and county. The award was presented to ALONE at a ceremony in Farmleigh, Dublin, on Thursday evening.

 

As Ireland’s aging demographic increases and one third of older people now live alone, ALONE says that new community supports and services are required to support older people throughout the day. ALONE’s ‘Innovative Support Coordination for Older Persons’ is a joint project between ALONE and the HSE which aims to keep older people living well at home for as long as possible. It addresses issues faced by older people living in their own homes and works with statutory bodies, community organisation and other service providers to ensure that the older people get the supports they need.

 

The Support Coordination hub model provides scalable, transferable and effective services that can be purchased, replicated, or shared. By co-ordinating and organising services for older people who might need some extra support to continue living at home or some practical help to return home from hospital, the two organisations have, to date, supported over 700 older people in Dublin North city and county.

 

Speaking at the HSE Excellence Awards, Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “We are delighted to have won the overall HSE Excellence Award. This award recognises the high quality of our Support Coordination services and the level of care and support we offer to older people. Our plan is to continue developing this service, using the latest technology, and support 20,000 older people directly and 14,000 indirectly annually by 2022.”

 

“The Support Co-ordination Project in Dublin North City and County with Alone, the HSE and our colleagues in CHO 9 has supported more than 700 vulnerable older people where they needed assistance.  We know that the preferred wish of older people is to remain in their own homes for as long as possible with support as needed. Our aim is to grow and develop this service and bring it nationwide by the end of 2019”, says Samantha Rayner, HSE Older Person Specialist, National Social Care.

Sean Moynihan concluded, “We want to thank the HSE for recognising the work we are doing, and to all of the volunteers and everyone who has made this project a success.  It’s because of your hard work that we are able to reach so many older people, and it’s because of the quality of your work that we are being recognised and validated in such a prestigious way.”

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie

 

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Notes to Editor:

Watch ALONE’swinning entry here: http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/our-health-service/excellence-awards/nominees/innovative-support-coordination-for-older-persons/innovative-support-coordination-for-older-persons.html

 

 

About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

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Pictured at the HSE Excellence Awards are (L-R) Tony O’Brien, Director General HSE, Samantha Rayner, HSE Older Person Specialist, National Social Care, Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE,  Suzanne Kenny,  HSE Older Persons Manager, National Social Care, Mary Walshe, Chief Officer, HSE – Dublin North City and County and Brian Lambe, Services Manager, ALONE.

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

NEWS RELEASE: Do One Thing This Christmas…

 

ALONE urges the public to reach out to older people spending Christmas alone

 

Dublin, 15th December 2017  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking members of the public to ‘Do One Thing’ this Christmas. The charity is asking people to support older people living alone by offering friendship or support, by becoming a Befriending volunteer or by donating to ALONE. The charity is also urging older people experiencing isolation and loneliness to get in touch with them to avail of their support services.

 

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “1 in 12 people aged over 65 living alone never, or seldom, see family and friends. This represents 55,000 people. During Christmas and the winter period, we find that calls for support dramatically increase and loneliness is one of the main issues experienced by older people. Christmas can be a particularly isolating time for those who have no loved ones to share it with. We can all be guilty of getting caught up in the build up to Christmas as we reunite with friends and family, but it is important to remember that many older people have no friends or family to reunite with.”

 

ALONE say that there are a number of ways the public can help an older person this Christmas, including calling by an older persons house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, inviting them out for a drive or to a social event, and giving them a hand with their shopping.

 

Seán Moynihan continued, “We want older people in need of support or assistance to pick up the phone and get in touch with ALONE. We are also calling on families to talk to the older people in their lives about their needs. If families need support, they can contact ALONE. Alternatively, anyone looking to volunteer with ALONE sign up as a Befriender.”

 

He concluded, ““ALONE and the older people we support need help all year-round, so the donations at Christmas help us to continue supporting older people to age at home. This Christmas we are asking the public to connect with older people, provide them with the supports they need, and build a sense of community. We want to thank everyone one who has, and continues to, support us.”

 

At Christmas, ALONE’s activities include Christmas dinner dances for older people and volunteers, the delivery of hundreds of Christmas hampers to older people, and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for a number of older people. ALONE’s services mean so much to the people who avail of them, as one older person commented; “ALONE and my volunteer have made such a difference in my life. I am not alone at Christmas, my birthday or throughout the year. I have people to celebrate with me. I feel like I’m part of the community.”

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie

 

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About ALONE 

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

Warm the heart of an older neighbour

 

 

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Lord Mayor launches ALONE and Dublin City Council Cold Weather Initiative

 

Dublin, 1st December 2017  The Lord Mayor of Dublin Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha launched Dublin City Council and ALONE’s cold weather campaign outside Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street today. Dublin City Council’s Community Development Section, in association with ALONE, the Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade, is urging members of the public to check in on older people in their community this winter.

 

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said, “The winter months can be a difficult time for many people who are vulnerable, alone and isolated. It can be a very frightening experience to be without shelter, warmth, food or essential items such as medication. We are appealing to all Dubliners to look out for the older people in your community who may live alone, have no family or may be at risk of suffering from fuel poverty, illness or loneliness. This campaign represents the community and the whole city working together.”

 

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “Cold temperatures can have a serious affect on many older people, in particular those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. 5% of Irish people aged over 65 who lived alone were unable to keep their homes adequately warm in 2012. This figure jumped to 9.8% in 2013.[1] Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency in the dwellings[2], ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and encouraging those who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed.”

 

ALONE is encouraging older people to prioritize their spending on heating during the winter months. For those who are struggling to keep up with utilities bills, you can contact your utilities company to set up a payment plan. ALONE has volunteers and staff ready to act on requests for assistance and can advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication. Further information, including advice and tips for older people in cold weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie.

 

The campaign is part of Dublin City Council’s commitment to an Age Friendly City.

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

 

For more information contact:

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600

 

[1] Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative, Preliminary Report, March 2015, https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/afu/DOH_Positive_ageing_report.pdf

[2]  (DCENR): A Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty: 2016-2019,p. 27

ALONE’s Christmas Dinner Dance brings festive cheer to older people in North East

 

 

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Carmel Bradley and Anne Murphy from ALONE at the Christmas Dinner Dance, 2017

29th November 2017 Over 100 older people attended the ALONE North East Hub Christmas Dinner Dance in The Carrickdale Hotel and Spa in Dundalk on Tuesday evening. This is the first of ALONE’s Christmas Dinner Dances, with the other events taking place in North and South County Dublin in the coming weeks.

 

Older people from the ALONE’s Good Morning Louth Befriending Service, Dealgan House, Castleross Nursing Home, Carlingford Nursing Home and St. Peter’s Nursing Home were invited to the festive dance. Attendees were treated to a turkey dinner, with Christmas pudding for dessert, before being entertained by The Parlour Ladies Choir and an Irish dancing show, performed by students from the Scoil Rince Cosceol.

 

ALONE dinner dances are held throughout the year to give older people and their volunteers an enjoyable day out and a chance to catch up with each other. There is always a beautiful meal, some great music and, of course, lots of dancing.

 

ALONE’s other Christmas activities include the delivery of hundreds of Christmas hampers to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for a number of older people. ALONE’s services mean so much to the people who avail of them, as one older person commented; “Its great have these events to look forward to and a chance to get dressed up.”

 

In 2017, the ALONE North East Hub has supported 530 older people to live at home and their befriending services has received over 20,000 calls. For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, the ALONE North East Hub can be contacted on 042 9330103. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmas visit www.alone.ie

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

 

No one should be ALONE this Christmas

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Tuesday 21st November, 2017: Vincent Browne launched ALONE's Christmas Campaign "No one should be ALONE this Christmas" in the Westin Dublin today. ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age home, is asking memebers of the public to offer friendship and support to those living alone this Christmas. Pictured were Donald Smith, Annette Egan who avail of Alone services with Vincent Browne and Sean Moynihan CEO of Alone.
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Vincent Browne asks public to reach out to thousands of older people spending Christmas alone

 

Dublin, 21st November 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, today launched their Christmas campaign which; asks individuals to support the work of ALONE by volunteering and donating, and for older people experiencing isolation and loneliness to get in touch with ALONE to avail of one of it’s services. At the launch of the campaign former broadcaster Vincent Browne urged members of the public to offer friendship and support to those living alone.

 

Vincent Browne commented at the launch, “I have been an admirer of the work of ALONE for many years and I fully support their vision of a society where older people are included as valued and empowered members of the community. The need for supportive housing, befriending and other services for older people has grown exponentially in recent years and, with the number of over 65s set to increase dramatically in the next couple of decades, it’s only going to get worse if we don’t act fast!”

 

He continued, “This campaign is asking older people to pick up the phone and get in touch with ALONE, it’s asking families to talk to the older people in their lives about their needs and it’s asking people who want to help to become an ALONE Befriending volunteer. ALONE’s campaign is offering us the chance to connect with older people, provide them with the supports they need, and build a sense of community.”

 

ALONE provides direct, frontline services to people aged 60 years and over, through coordination of supports, volunteer activation, housing with support and application and sharing of knowledge and technology. Its Befriending Service provided friendship to over 500 older people who were socially isolated or lonely in 2016. ALONE’s Housing with Support provides tenancies and on-site support in community-centric areas, giving older people alternatives in their choice of where and how to age. It also supports older people by offering knowledge, training and technology to ensure quality services, common practices and independent living.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “As an organisation that works with older people, we see firsthand the effects of loneliness. Last year’s census revealed that 27% of over 65s in private housing, live alone[i] and 1 in 10 older people suffer from chronic loneliness which can lead depression, and is a predictor for dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity.”

 

He continued, “We want older people to know that they have a right to be supported, to receive the support they need and to live in a place of their own choosing. We are asking members of the public to support ALONE by donating their time to older people experiencing loneliness, making a donation to support our services or referring an older person who might use our services. We will all be old one day and deserve to have supports and services in place to help us age well at home.”

 

At Christmas, ALONE’s activities include; the organisation of 500 volunteers who visit older people each week, a Christmas dinner dance for older people and volunteers, the delivery of hundreds of Christmas hampers to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for a number of older people. ALONEs services mean so much to the older people we work with, in their words; “ALONE and my volunteer have made such a difference in my life. I am not alone at Christmas, my birthday or throughout the year. I have people to celebrate with me. I feel like I’m part of the community.”

 

 

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

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ALONE wins FreedomTech Award

ALONE accepting FreedomTech Award

 

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The award is for new technology assisting older people to age at home

 

Dublin, 16th November 2017   ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has been awarded the first ever FreedomTech Award at a conference on assistive technology which took place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, today. The FreedomTech Assembly was run by Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) along with support from Maynooth University and Microsoft.

 

The FreedomTech award was presented to ALONE for the new integrated technology platform it has developed to support older people to age at home. The ALONE platform, which was developed in partnership with NetwellCASALA, is operated through mobile apps and home sensors. The apps ask daily questions about health and wellbeing, with answers recorded on a tablet by the older person, and separately by a visiting neighbour, carer or family member. The combined answers form a unique pattern, and a change from this can trigger an intervention. Home sensors can detect if the resident has got up today, has entered the toilet or kitchen, and can trigger an intervention eg. raise an alarm that they may have fallen or are too unwell to get up.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, accepted the award on behalf of ALONE, “I would like to thank our partners Netwell Casala, the Social Innovation Fund and Google. I would also like to thank all of our staff who have worked very hard on this project over the past 4 years. ALONE has been delivering support services to older people for 40 years and this new integrated technology platform will allow us to continue supporting older people well into the future.”

 

He continued, “Our platform will improve the wellbeing of older people, give peace of mind to their families, carers and volunteer support network and equip existing community supports to enable them to age at home. It is also transferable and scalable, and it is our hope that it can be used to support other sectors throughout Ireland and Europe.”

 

He concluded, “This FreedomTech award shows how an organisation can bring both change and communities together. Technology is enabling us to move away from traditional models of care towards alternative models that harness community resources and give older people, and other people using the techology, more power and control to age at home.”

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

Baz launches ALONE & An Post’s ‘Do One Thing’ Christmas Campaign

Repro Free: Thursday 16th November 2017. Baz launches ALONE & An Post’s ‘Do One Thing This Christmas’ Campaign Order your company’s Christmas cards with An Post and support ALONE in their vital work. This Christmas, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has partnered with An Post for its ‘Do one thing’ campaign. The campaign which launches next week allows companies to make a donation to ALONE while ordering high-quality Christmas cards which can be personalised with a logo or personal message inside. Pictured at the launch of the campaign in the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, were: Michael McCarthy, ALONE service user with Baz Ashmawy and Sheila Collins, ALONE service user. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured at the launch of the campaign in the GPO were Michael & Sheila from ALONE with Baz Ashmawy. Picture: Jason Clarke.

Make Christmas less lonely by sending a card to an older person living alone

16th November 2017 This Christmas, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has partnered with An Post for its ‘Do One Thing’ campaign. Baz Ashmawy launched the campaign which encourages members of the public to reach out to older people experiencing loneliness by sending them a personalised An Post card.

Speaking at the launch, Baz said, “We are asking people to do one thing this Christmas – send a lovely Christmas card to an older person! For just €5 you can go online, order a card and write a nice message to an older person linked in with ALONE. An Post will then print and post the card. Every card sent will raise money for ALONE, as well as making a huge difference to that older person’s Christmas.”

€3.20 from every card sold will go directly to ALONE’s services. The organisation provides friendship, support, social events, and housing to older people. ALONE services ensure that no older person is left isolated and lonely.

Special packs of theALONE Christmas cards are also available for companies to purchase. By purchasing a pack of 100 or 500 Christmas cards online, companies can make a donation to ALONE while ordering high-qualityChristmas cards which can be personalised with a logo or personal message inside.

Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director, Mails and Parcels, An Post, said “A personal message is really powerful, particularly at Christmas. We are appealing to members of the public to order one of the An Post personalised Christmas cards and share a few kind words with an older person who may be isolated or lonely this Christmas. It is our hope that this campaign will make Christmas less lonely for many older people and raise significant funds for ALONE.”

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We are delighted to partner with An Post this year for Christmas. ALONE offers friendship, support, and housing all aimed at ensuring no older person is left lonely or without the care and support they need. It is our hope that the funds raised through this campaign can bring a little Christmas magic back into the lives of older people and that the money raised will be used to spread that magic throughout the year”.

To order your Christmas Cards and help ALONE today go to www.alone.ie/Christmas/. Cards for older people linked in with ALONE cost €5, with 64% of the cost donated to ALONE. Packs of company cards are priced at €250 for 100 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €120 donation to ALONE, and €1250 for 500 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €650 donation to ALONE. Companies will receive their stock of cards within three working days, delivered by An Post – See www.alone.ie/Christmas/.

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About ALONE
2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing. ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

For more information contact:
Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153
Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

ALONE: The First 40 Years Minister Jim Daly launches book celebrating ALONE’s significant anniversary

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Dublin, 7th November 2017   A new book on the history of ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, was launched tonight in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, by Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly T.D., who has special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People.

 

Written by author and journalist Valerie Cox, ALONE: The First 40 Years tells the inspiring story of the early years of ALONE, from Willie Bermingham’s selfless dedication to the people who followed in his footsteps, as well as the new challenges and issues faced by the charity today. The book is also a memory of the poverty, isolation and housing conditions endured by many Dubliners throughout the last forty years.

 

The book records the founding of the charity in 1977 by young fireman after he discovered the bodies of three older people in their homes. It also chronicles the charity’s achievements including the housing complexes it built and the thousands of people who have been befriended by the charity’s inspiring volunteers.

 

Speaking at the launch in the National Library of Ireland, Minister Daly said “ALONE was founded in 1977 as a response to the desperate issues faced by older people in the city. Today, ALONE continues to provide a very valuable service to older people throughout Ireland who find themselves isolated and alone. I am delighted to be launching this book tonight in celebration of such an important and historically significant charity.”
Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We would like to thank Valerie Cox for undertaking this project and producing such a fantastic book that records the challenges and achievements of our organisation. This is also a story of the joy and laughter between people, which friendship and support brings.”

 

He also thanked the Minister for his attendance, “I would also like to thank Minister Jim Daly who we are working closely with to make real changes for older people at an individual, local and political level, his attendance tonight demonstrates his commitment to older people in Ireland.”

 

Valerie Cox, author of ALONE: The First 40 Years, said, “Working on this book gave me a firsthand account of the issues faced by older people in Ireland – whether it is loneliness, a lack of support, or housing. A lot has changed since 1977, but ALONE is still needed today more than ever. This book is dedicated to the unsung heroes of ALONE, those who continue to volunteer, donate and work to support the older members of our communities.”

 

A number of older people who use ALONE’s services and feature in the book were also present at the launch. Aideen Archibold, a tenant of ALONE’s housing with supports, said, “I am so grateful for the work of ALONE. They’re such helpful, kind and cheerful people who also organise various events for us throughout the year. The work they do is so necessary, and thanks to this organisation, I am very happy to have somewhere in Ireland that I can call home.”

 

Sean Moynihan concluded, “Tonight is a celebration of ALONE and the people involved in the charity’s journey so far who have never forgotten its ethos – to support older people in our society. Together we will work with all parties to achieve our vision to support older people to age at home and be valued and respected in the communities they live.”

 

ALONE: The First 40 Years is available to purchase from Veritas Bookshops  & Easons Bookshop (ISBN 978-1-9997265-0-8).

It can also be purchased online at Veritas and Easons.

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

About Valerie Cox

Giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of ordinary people in both urban and rural Ireland has been at the core of Valerie Cox’s many years working as a reporter and broadcaster. She spent over twenty years working on RTÉ radio programmes Morning Ireland, Drivetime and the Today Programme, bringing listeners stories of joy and sorrow, of happiness and loneliness, of crime and its effect on an older community. The issues she’s tackled have been many — the problems of accessing the Fair Deal scheme, the closure of rural Garda Stations and Post Offices, the lack of end -of-life facilities and caring for older people in the community— and she has taken up the cudgel on behalf of those in danger of losing their homes.

 

Valerie has worked with ALONE on a number of occasions, meeting some of the people who are at the heart of this book: the older people they support and their volunteers. She is the author of three previous books, Searching, which tells the story of Ireland’s missing people, The Family Courts and A Ploughing People. She is also a Patron of Wicklow Hospice.

 

Valerie lives in rural Wicklow with her husband Brian, and the couple have five children and four grandchildren.

ALONE – “Demand for older people’s supports has tripled over the past 4 years” Charity releases 2016 Annual Report

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Dublin, 1st November 2017

 

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, released its 2016 Annual Report today.

Key findings in the 2016 ALONE Annual Report include
• 4,500 people were supported by befriending services nationwide
• 937 older people were supported by ALONE support coordination service
• 108 older people were housed by ALONE
• ALONE volunteers provided 46,800 hours
• 1 in 10 older people require support beyond homecare to live at home , which represents 66,000 people
• By 2046 the number of over 65s will increase by 225%
• By 2046 the number of over 80s will increase by 375%
• By 2022, ALONE plan to support 20,000 older people directly (14,000 older people indirectly) through KMCT, technology. This represents only 18% of those in need
• By 2022, ALONE aim to grow frontline volunteers from 700 to 7,000

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “Our Annual Report breaks down the services ALONE provides on a daily basis, from housing older people to coordinating supports for all of their needs, offering befriending to those experiencing loneliness and campaigning on behalf of older peoples’ rights. Our services offer a range of supports to enable older people to live independently. In addition to offering these services, in 2016 we teamed up with other age sector charities to campaign and consult with the government to ensure the needs of older people are met.”

The report echoes last week’s ESRI report which stated that the demand for healthcare is projected to increase substantially with rapid growth and ageing of Ireland’s population.

Moynihan continued, “As last week’s ESRI report stated, the demand for home help care and for residential and intermediate care places in nursing homes and other settings is projected to increase by up to 54 per cent by 2030. ALONE believe that right to home care is a major part of solving the impending demand on healthcare, as older people are being forced to remain in acute hospital beds due to lack of supports to go home.”

In 2016, 20% of older people had issues with home adaptations and 10% were unable to keep their home warm. These numbers highlight the lack of housing choices and supports for older people in the community. ALONE believes that Ireland’s impending ageing demographic requires a move away from traditional models of care towards alternative models that harness community resources.

Since 2016, the charity has been developing a technology platform, in partnership with NetwellCASALA, that supports older people to age well at home. The ALONE platform is operated through mobile apps and home sensors. The apps ask daily questions about health and wellbeing, with answers recorded on a tablet by the older person, and separately by a visiting neighbour, carer or family member. The combined answers form a unique pattern, and a change from this can trigger an intervention. Home sensors can detect if the resident has got up today, has entered the toilet or kitchen, and can trigger an intervention eg. raise an alarm that they may have fallen or are too unwell to get up.

Moynihan continued, “ALONE, as a rights based charity has worked for many years to ensure our services are of the highest standards. We have achieved 3 quality awards because we know that the older people we work with deserve quality services. We also are passionate about transparency and accountability, and submit our annual reports to the Charities Regulator.”

“In the last four years we have doubled in size, the demand for our services has tripled, the number of volunteers has tripled and we have introduced new services to support older people to age at home, both directly and indirectly. Prioritising the needs of our older people is something that we would like to see the government and general public take an interest in as inevitably we all grow older and the decisions we make now will impact us later.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit.

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About ALONE
2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing. ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

For more information contact:
Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153
Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

ALONE call on the general public to check on older neighbours this Halloween

Dublin, 27th October 2017 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking people to be mindful of older people in their community this Halloween period. For many older people Halloween can be a distressing time with people calling unexpectedly to the door, playing tricks and setting off bangers and fireworks.

 

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented “We are urging the public to keep an eye on their older neighbours, particularly those who may be living alone, and to consider their needs this Halloween. While many older people may welcome trick or treaters and want to engage in the fun of Halloween, others may not like to answer calls to their homes after dark. We ask that parents, who may be out with children, keep an eye on their older neighbours and that younger people, taking part in Halloween activities, be mindful of the older people in their area.”

 

Moynihan continued, “This weekend also sees the clocks go back and, as we head into darker and longer winter evenings, we are asking people to remember those older neighbours living alone. Winter can be a particularly lonely time for many older people and offering just a few minutes of your time for a chat or to assist an older person in travelling to the local shop or post office can really make a difference.”

 

Those who have concerns for an older person, or older people in need of assistance can contact ALONE on (01) 679 1032. The charity, which depends on donations from the public, has volunteers and staff ready to act on requests for assistance, and works in partnership to ensure all calls for assistance are responded to.

 

Further information, including advice and tips for older people in the cold winter months, can be found on www.alone.ie.

 

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About ALONE

2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded. Since then the charity has supported thousands of older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033