Press Releases

April 21, 2015

ALONE support plan to increase ‘housing with supports’ for older people under new Fianna Fáil health policy

Dublin, 21st April 2015 ALONE today broadly welcomes the newly released Fianna Fáil health policy.
April 8, 2015

“Loneliness is a health issue, it’s as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day” say ALONE Friendship Week 9th – 13th February

ALONE are highlighting the health effects of loneliness during their 2015 Friendship week (9th – 13th February).
April 2, 2015

Give something greater this Easter

ALONE asks the public to remember older neighbours who may be lonely 2nd April 2015, Dublin  ALONE is reminding members of the public to check in on their older neighbours over the long bank holiday weekend. Currently in Ireland, almost 1 in 3 older people live on their own (29%), […]
April 2, 2015

ALONE welcome Government’s Emergency Department Task Force

 2nd April 2015 Dublin  ALONE have responded to the Government’s Emergency Department Task Force released today.
March 6, 2015

Emigration has left older people ALONE this St. Patricks Day

6th March 2015 Dublin This St. Patricks Day, ALONE is highlighting one of the less obvious effects of emigration on our society.
February 24, 2015

“Memorandum of Agreement still leaves almost 80% of vulnerable residents in nursing homes inadequately protected from situations of neglect and abuse” say ALONE  

Dublin, 24th February 2015  ALONE are calling on Minister Varadkar to ensure that a robust system is put in place to ensure all individual complaints made against nursing homes are independently investigated.  A new Memorandum of Agreement between HIQA and the Ombudsman excludes private nursing homes where almost 18,000 older […]
February 19, 2015

ALONE call on Minister Varadkar to take action and amend Fair Deal legislation  

Dublin, 19th February 2015  ALONE welcomes Minister Varadkars motivation to  remove the existing cap on Fair Deal Scheme funding and hope the cabinet will support him in this matter.  The budget for Fair deal has changed from €998 million in 2013 to €950million in 2015 despite our dramatically ageing population.
February 13, 2015

ALONE respond to proposed Fair Deal Scheme fee increase

“Nursing home care isn’t always the best option” Dublin, 13th February 2015  ALONE has responded to Minister Lynch’s suggestion that fees under the Fair Deal Scheme be increased for new entrants to the scheme.
February 13, 2015

“There is strong demand for a National Befriending Network” say older persons charity ALONE

13th February 2015 ALONE, hosted a hugely successful meeting with organisations from around the country yesterday to discuss the setting up of a national network of befriending services for older people. The meeting followed ALONE’s launch of a National Befriending Directory last November.
February 8, 2015

 “Loneliness is a health issue, it’s as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day” say older persons charity ALONE

Friendship Week 9th – 13th February 8th February 2015 ALONE is highlighting the health effects of loneliness during their 2015 Friendship week (9th – 13th February). ALONE believe that combating loneliness should be viewed as a preventative health measure by the Department of Health.
January 13, 2015

Older person’s charity ALONE expresses concern for wellbeing of some older people in need during forecast extreme weather conditions and status orange weather alert

  Dublin, 13th January 2015 Forecasted extreme cold weather conditions, potentially posing a health risk for isolated older people. ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and for members of the public to check on their older neighbours.
January 6, 2015

ALONE propose solutions to Government to free up acute hospital beds

housing with supports, nursing home beds step down facilities and care in the community Dublin, 6th January 2015  ALONE is calling on the government to address the hospital trolley crisis by providing more housing with supports, more nursing home beds and more step down facilities and care in the community in […]
December 21, 2014

Older person’s charity ALONE expresses concern for wellbeing of some older people in need during current extreme weather conditions

Dublin, 21 December 2014 Extreme cold weather conditions potentially pose a health risk for isolated older people this Christmas. ALONE is urging members of the public to check on their older neighbours.
December 19, 2014

ALONE gives six homeless older people keys to their new homes just in time for Christmas

Dublin, 19th December ALONE have handed the keys of five newly renovated houses over to four single older people and one couple, granting them each a home just in time for Christmas.
December 1, 2014

Morning Ireland – Hospital Trolley Crisis

ALONE’s CEO Sean Moynihan was on Morning Ireland this morning discussing the hospital trolley crisis.  
November 28, 2014

Five houses + five older people = five homes in time for Christmas

Dublin, 28th November ALONE have announced the purchase of five houses under the CAS scheme which will be refurbished in time to give five older people a home in time for Christmas.
November 27, 2014

No one deserves to be lonely at Christmas

Dublin, 27th November ALONE has launched a Christmas campaign today, highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmastime. At the launch of the campaign ALONE called on members of the public to reach out to older members of their community who may be isolated or lonely this holiday season.
November 20, 2014

‘Shaping the Future of Befriending for Older People in Ireland’

ALONE today launched their National Befriending Directory, along with presenting the first draft of their Befriending Services Coordination Guidebook.
October 28, 2014

ALONE “A plan of action is urgently needed to tackle nursing home waiting lists”

Dublin, 28th October ALONE has condemned the fifteen week waiting lists currently facing Fair Deal Scheme applicants.
October 22, 2014

ALONE support HIQA request for increased investigative power into nursing home complaints

Dublin, 22nd October ALONE is coming out in support of HIQA’s request for increased investigative powers into individual nursing home complaints.

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