October 11, 2016

ALONE – Increase in state pension cannot compensate for lack of community services and supports

 ALONE has welcomed the increase to the state pension, announced as part of Budget 2017, but stated that the government needs to do more to support older people in the community. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented “While we welcome the €5 increase to the pension, we have been campaigning […]
October 5, 2016

ALONE call on the general public to be mindful of older people in their communities

ALONE is urging older people who may be feeling lonely or isolated not to be afraid to ask for the help and support they need and deserve. The charity’s comments follow the tragic death of two older brothers in Bluebell, West Dublin. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “We are […]
September 30, 2016

ALONE – Befriending is a vital health service for older people

Charity highlights the importance of Befriending this International Day of Older People  1st October 2016, Dublin  This International Day of Older people on October 1st, ALONE is highlighting the importance of Befriending services nationwide in the prevention of loneliness and related health issues. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “As an organisation […]
September 27, 2016

ALONE join with leading NGO’s to call for an increase in investment in Home Care in Budget 2017

    Leading NGOs Call for Increased Investment in Home Care in      Budget 2017 A group of Ireland’s leading not for profit organisations and campaigners    came together today to call for increased investment in home care in  Budget 2017. The majority of people coping with the effects […]
September 2, 2016

ALONE pre-budget submission 2017 calls for an increase in home help hours to meet the needs of our ageing demographic

“Home help hours are a much more cost effective and person-centred way of supporting people with medium support needs to age at home rather than moving them into the nursing home system.” 2nd September 2016  ALONE is calling on the government to increase home help hours in line with demand […]
August 15, 2016

ALONE welcomes Minister McEntee’s comments on home care packages

“The provision of quality home care packages should be a right for all older people”  ALONE have welcomed Minister Helen McEntee’s comments that she wants to extend the Fair Deal nursing home scheme to home care packages. The Minister Responsible for Older People addressed the issue of home care packages […]
August 10, 2016

The provision of quality home care packages for older people is a necessity

The provision of quality home care packages for older people is a necessity. Response to case of 92-year-old woman in hospital for almost 300 days. ALONE have expressed their disappointment in the HSE following the news that a 92-year-old woman has been in hospital for almost 300 days due to […]
July 19, 2016

 Rebuilding Ireland – ALONE welcomes Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness  

  We welcome the housing solutions for older people proposed in Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan for Housing. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney today announced their intention to build and buy thousands of houses and units in a short space of time to tackle homelessness […]
June 17, 2016

ALONE “Oireachtas report on housing does not address crisis among older people”

Housing for older people is not included in report’s recommendations Dublin, 17th June 2016  ALONE responded to the Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations on housing crisis and homelessness. The committee has recommended that local authorities provide 50,000 new social housing units by 2020 and the charity is calling on the government to […]
June 15, 2016

We must protect older people in need” ALONE supports World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

   Dublin, 13th June 2016 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is highlighting the need for greater awareness around elder abuse this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Wednesday 15th June.   ALONE reports that abuse of older people is often carried out by a […]
June 3, 2016

Government needs to listen to the organisations working on a day-to-day basis with older people

3rd June 2016  ALONE have commended and corroborated the report launched today by the Irish Association of Social Workers, Age Action and Alzheimer’s Association.  ALONE have long been advocating for additional home help hours and investment in community care.  Currently 75% of the government’s budget for care of older people […]
May 30, 2016

Tackling Loneliness Together

ALONE hosts Befriending Network Ireland National Seminar   ALONE hosted the Befriending Network Ireland’s National Seminar on Thursday 26th May, in the Aisling Hotel, Dublin 8. The seminar was attended by Befriending Network Ireland (BNI) members from around the country. The seminar discussed the importance of highlighting loneliness as a […]
May 16, 2016

New Health Minister must plan for Ireland’s ageing demographic

  ALONE comments on reports that thousands of older people were left waiting over 24 hours for treatment in hospital emergency departments Dublin, 16th May 2016 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has expressed concern over the number of older people left waiting over 24 […]
May 6, 2016

ALONE welcome new government’s measures to support older people

ALONE hopeful that new government will implement services and housing options for older people  Dublin, 6th May 2016  ALONE has welcomed new measures aimed at supporting older people that have been detailed in the programme for government. The incoming government has committed to an increase in the State pension and the […]
April 20, 2016

ALONE welcome Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness

Dublin, 20th April 2016  ALONE has expressed their hope that the Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness, convening for the first time today, will find effective, workable solutions to tackle the housing crisis. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented “Every day in ALONE we work with vulnerable older people who […]
April 14, 2016

ALONE expresses concern over increase in reports of nursing home abuse

Dublin, 14th April 2016 ALONE has expressed disappointment over the increase in reports of abuse in nursing homes. According to HIQA’s Overview Report of Nursing Home Inspections in 2015, released today, there was a 20% increase in reports of abuse in nursing homes in 2015. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, […]
April 11, 2016

ALONE expresses concern over new reports of abuse in nursing home

Dublin, 11th April 2016 ALONE has expressed concern over new reports of abuse in a nursing home. According to claims in newly released documents, residents in a nursing home suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their carers, were refused showers and left short of food.  Sean Moynihan, […]
March 30, 2016

ALONE “Investing in home care packages is the key to solving the ongoing hospital crisis”

ALONE responds to reports that older people are forced to remain in hospital due to cutbacks to care supports that would allow them to return home.  Dublin, 30th March 2016  ALONE concerned over cutbacks in home care packages, as highlighted in media reports today. ALONE is currently advocating for a […]
March 25, 2016

ALONE asks the public to remember older neighbours who may be lonely this Easter

ALONE is reminding members of the public to check in on their older neighbours over the long bank holiday weekend.  With many local shops, amenities, health and care services for older people closing over the long weekend, many older people will be left without their usual supports and services. Sean […]
March 16, 2016

ALONE call on public to remember older people affected by emigration this St. Patricks Day

This St. Patrick’s Day, ALONE is highlighting one of the lesser known effects of emigration. ALONE report an increase in the number of older people requiring their services as a direct result of their children and grandchildren emigrating. The number of Irish people leaving Ireland remains high, despite improvements in […]