ALONE granted funding from Sláintecare Integration Fund

The charity has been granted funding to develop and expand their technology and community supports and services

Dublin, 16th September 2019: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, is delighted to announce they have been granted funding from the Sláintecare Integration Fund. ALONE is one of 122 successful projects from 477 applicants across the country which have received funding from the Sláintecare fund.

ALONE received funding for their project, ‘ALONE BConnect: linking healthcare, social care and community care together using technology and services’.

The project aims to provide technology and services to support older people to manage their own health and wellbeing, and to improve the community’s capacity to meet the needs of older people. The project will enable ALONE to better support older people across the country, starting in the North of Dublin, including by supporting discharge from hospital, reducing hospital admissions, enabling better quality of care for older people, and building the capacity of the community to support the older people in their area.

The project will provide support to people over 60 who have dementia, need additional support returning home from hospital, or have chronic conditions such as COPD, diabetes, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The funding will enable ALONE to achieve outcomes including creating an online directory of supports and services for older people, improving and adapting ALONE BConnect technology, supporting other organisations to implement best practices and create common models, and delivering technology enabled care to an additional 150 people. ALONE will also produce a set of Universal Design guidelines for technology enabled care with the support of the Centre of Universal Design, to support the procurement of technology within the HSE and other health services.

“ALONE is delighted to have the support of the Sláintecare Integration Fund to continue the development and roll out of our technology and services. We look forward to working with all those organisations who have been granted funding, particularly those with a focus on older people,” said ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan.

“ALONE are aligned to Sláintecare’s vision and we are creating an infrastructure and a staff cohort to enable us to support older people to age happily and securely at home. In 2017 ALONE won the HSE Excellence Award for Innovative Support Coordination for older people. This project layers technology on top of that as we roll our services out nationally.”

ALONE’s range of technology includes an app for the older person to enable them to self-monitor their health, sensors in the home, a blood pressure cuff, a glucose monitor, wearable technology (including a smart watch) and emergency response devices. ALONE technology offers peace of mind and security to older people to live independently at home for as long as they wish to.ALONE is already delivering technology for older people in areas across the country, including in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon through the Dormant Accounts Fund, and providing support for community organisations nationwide.

“We know that no one organisation can meet the needs of Ireland’s ageing population alone,” continued Moynihan. “With the support of the Sláintecare Integration Fund, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with community organisations and NGOs and to create a network so that together we can provide the support older people need to age at home. We look forward to working with organisations including Northside Homecare, who we will work with on this project, so that ALONE BConnect technology and community supports can provide the best support possible to older people and the organisations that support them.”