ALONE welcomes government announcement to double fuel allowance

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ALONE welcomes government announcement to double fuel allowance

Charity urges older people to stay warm during red weather alert

Dublin, 28th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to double the fuel allowance of €22.50 to €45 for one week in response to the red weather warning by Met Eireann.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said “This weather is a public health issue. Following heavy snowfall overnight, it’s really important that older people stay warm by turning on their home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

Moynihan added, “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. Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency, that is, poor heating and insulation, in the dwellings[1], 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 has volunteers and staff ready to assist and advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication.”

He continued, “We are also calling on the general public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to check on their heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company.”

ALONE would also like to thank our staff, volunteers and supporters across the country for their continued hard work in the ongoing cold weather.

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.

 

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 About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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, 086 358 7153

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

ALONE expresses concern for older people during Storm Emma

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 ALONE expresses concern for older people during Storm Emma

Charity calls on public to check on older neighbours

Dublin, 27th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people to take extra care following the status red weather warning by Met Eireann this morning. ALONE has backed Minister Jim Daly’s call to older people to prioritise their spending on heating in the coming days.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said “We’re advising older people to stay warm in the cold weather by ensuring they have adequate home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

Moynihan added, “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. Given that 50% of Excess Winter Deaths (EWDs) experienced in Ireland can be linked to poor thermal efficiency, that is poor heating and insulation, in the dwellings[1], 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.”

He continued, “We are also calling on the general public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to check on their heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company.”

ALONE would also like to thank our staff, volunteers and supporters across the country for their continued hard work in the ongoing cold weather.

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.

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 About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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, 086 358 7153

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

ALONE expresses concern for older people in need in advance of extreme weather conditions

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Charity calls on public to check on older neighbours

Dublin, 26th February 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people to take extra care during the forecasted cold weather conditions due to hit most of the country over the next few days.

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.”

He continued, “Following a very serious cold weather forecast by Met Éireann we are calling on all members of the public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs. We’re advising older people to stay warm in the cold weather by ensuring they have adequate home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible.”

ALONE is appealing to members of the public to look out for the older people in the community who may live alone, have no family or may be at risk of suffering from fuel poverty, illness or loneliness. A visit from a friend, family member, or neighbor to check on an older person’s heating levels, food supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company, can make a huge difference.

ALONE is encouraging older people to prioritise their spending on heating during the cold weather. 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.

 

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[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

 

About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE is an independent charity that supports vulnerable older people to age at home.  We work with those who have issues with social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  We provide Supportive Coordination, Befriending, Supportive Housing and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week.  We receive no Government funding for our day-to-day activities so we rely solely on the generosity of the public to continue our work.  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, 086 358 7153

ALONE “The right to homecare and the provision of community supports for older people are a necessity”

Charity responds to report by Citizens Information Board

 

Dublin, 12th February 2018 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has responded to a report by the Citizens Information Board which has been presented to the Department of Health. The report, which was delivered as part of public consolation to establish a statutory home care scheme, revealed that older people are being forced into nursing homes due to a lack of home care and other community supports.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “The results of this report have come as no surprise to ALONE. Older people need access to home care and support to age in the community. If we are going to respond to the positive that is an aging population, then we need to invest in services in our communities.”

ALONE has met the Minister for Older People, Jim Daly TD, along with 16 other organisations in the hope of shaping a right to homecare. Moynihan commented “we are willing to work with all parties to help older people to age at home.”

Adapting homes is just one aspect of supporting older people to age at home and the government HaPAI Survey 2016 revealed that 48% of people aged 50+ have housing condition problems. In 2017, ALONE supported 200 older people on 345 pieces of work related to housing ranging from work that took a couple of days right up to projects that took a year.

Moynihan continued, “In both of these areas the amount of investment in the last 10 years has dropped while our aging population grows by 25,000 older people every year. We know our hospitals can’t cope and community services are the cheaper and best option”.

In response, ALONE is aiming to grow its services and increase its volunteers from 700 to 7000. ALONE’s Support Coordination Service for older people was recently awarded the overall HSE Excellence Award. This service aims to keep older people living well at home for as long as possible. ALONE is also training and supporting other organisations and community groups to support older people to age at home

Moynihan concluded, “ALONE is asking the government to prioritise the right to homecare and the housing grants scheme and to allocate additional funding to meet the needs of our rapidly growing and ageing population. We want to work with all parties to make this happen.”

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

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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

 

 

Dublin Publicans raise over €200,000 for ALONE to celebrate 200 years of the LVA

To mark 200 years of the capitals’ bars, Dublin publicans have come together to raise a remarkable €200,000 for ALONE.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) who represent Dublin Publicans celebrated its bicentenary in 2017 and are delighted to have hit this fundraising milestone –  the largest fundraising donation in ALONE’s 40 year history.

To raise the funds, the LVA’s 550 members embarked on a number of fundraising initiatives including a partnership with Diageo to create Guinness Dublin Amber which was sold in Dublin Pubs for a limited period with 50 cent from each pint going to ALONE (25 cents from the publican and 25 cents from Guinness). Over the course of the past 9 months, 277,628 pints of Dublin Amber have been sold to contribute to the overall total. The LVA expressed its thanks to Diageo for their support of this initiative.

As well as this, individual pubs organised their own fundraising events from sponsored walks, to charity auctions and voluntary donations which allowed the publicans to hit the ambitious total of €200,000.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said: “This wonderful contribution from the publicans of Dublin has exceeded all our expectations and is the largest fundraising donation ALONE has ever received.

These funds will contribute greatly to our goal of doubling the amount of ALONE housing for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It will also help us to recruit and train volunteers who will bring company, support, and joy to older people in our community. The LVA’s donation will leave an enduring legacy which will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our society for years to come.”

“This is a unique initiative in that we aimed from the outset to raise €200,000 to celebrate our 200 years, in order to give back to people in our local communities, through the essential work of ALONE,” LVA Chairman John Gleeson commented. “We loved engaging with our customers on this initiative throughout the year and are delighted that we have hit our target to give back to those most deserving – the elderly.”

As well as housing infrastructure, the money raised will also go to ALONE’s volunteer befriending service for older people who are lonely or socially isolated.

 

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ALONE: “The solution to loneliness lies in community supports and services”

ALONE responds to appointment of Minister for Loneliness in Britain.

Dublin, 19th January 2018  Following Britain’s appointment of a ‘Minister for Loneliness’ this week, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has said that the solution to loneliness lies in scalable and collaborative community supports and services.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “As an organisation that works with older people, we see firsthand the effects of loneliness. 1 in 10 older people suffer from chronic loneliness[1] and I don’t think that people are aware just how devastating loneliness can be for your general health. As we enter the winter, calls for support dramatically increase and loneliness is one of the main issues that older people in Ireland are facing today.”

He continued, “While we welcome a renewed focus on how to address loneliness and social isolation, we believe the answer lies in continued collaboration between the community and voluntary sector and statutory bodies to address this important issue and not necessarily the creation of a new ministerial position. By working closely together, we can provide services that help people who are experiencing loneliness.”

ALONE’s Befriending Service provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated or experiencing through a weekly volunteer visit as well as a range of social events. In 2016, 4,500 people were supported by befriending services nationwide, an increase of 42%. The charity aims to grow the Befriending service from 600 to 10,000 volunteers in next 5 years.

ALONE also provides Supportive Coordination services to older people and was recently awarded the overall HSE Excellence Award for its innovative Support Coordination hub development for older people in Dublin North city and county.

The ‘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. 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.  The plan is to develop and grow this service nationwide, and by 2022, the service will support 20,000 older people directly and 14,000 indirectly.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE is an independent charity that supports vulnerable older people to age at home.  We work with those who have issues with social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  We provide Supportive Coordination, Befriending, Supportive Housing and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week.  We receive no Government funding for our day-to-day activities so we rely solely on the generosity of the public to continue our work.  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, 086 358 7153

[1]AGE  UK, Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life, http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Policy/Promising_approaches-loneliness_and_isolation.pdf?dtrk=true

Warm the heart of an older neighbour. ALONE and Dublin City Council Cold Weather Initiative

 

Dublin, 16th January 2018  Following the important launch of the Cold Weather Initiative by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha in December 2017, Dublin City Council’s Community Development Section, in association with ALONE, the Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade, is re-issuing an appeal to urge members of the public to check in on older people in their community this winter.

Following a series of weather warnings from Met Éireann, ALONE and Dublin City Council are asking people to check in with the older and vulnerable members of their communities to ensure they have fuel, food, water and are in good communication with family, friends and neighbors.

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha, speaking at the Cold Weather Initiative launch in December, 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 prioritise 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.

[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

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE is an independent charity that supports vulnerable older people to age at home.  We work with those who have issues with social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  We provide Supportive Coordination, Befriending, Supportive Housing and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week.  We receive no Government funding for our day-to-day activities so we rely solely on the generosity of the public to continue our work.  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, 086 358 7153

Increased supports for older people will help alleviate trolley crisis

Dublin, 3rdJanuary 2018 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking the government to prioritise home care packages and community health care services for older people to help alleviate the trolley crisis. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) today reported a record high of 677 people on trolleys and wards awaiting a bed in Irish hospitals.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “Today’s trolley crisis highlights the urgent need for support coordination for older people in Ireland.  With 20,000 people turning 65 years of age each year, our current health system is not equipped to deal with this. Often, older people are ending up in hospital unnecessarily, and we believe that this is due to a lack of support for older people in the community. As people get older their health requires close monitoring and management. We should also note that there are 170,000 older Irish people living alone, which makes them vulnerable to isolation and ill health. This risk increases in winter when the nights are darker and the days are colder.”

 

He continued, “The shortage of hospital beds is a complex issue and there is not one solution to this, but there are a range of solutions that are more economically viable, more effective and more compassionate than having sick people on hospital trolleys. There are many older people who are well enough to be at home provided they have adequate support. However they cannot be discharged as there are no options of care available to them or their homes are not suitably adapted for their needs. “

 

ALONE were recently awarded the overall HSE Excellence Award for its innovative Support Coordination development for older people in Dublin North city and county. The ‘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.

 

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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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports 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 wins HSE Excellence Award For Innovative Support Coordination for Older Persons

hse-excellence-award

 

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