New Eircode fridge magnet for older people is launched
A new Eircode fridge magnet for older people to be used in case of ambulance emergencies was launched at the Co. Wicklow Older Person's AGM held in the Brockagh Resource Centre.
The Older Person's Council is a member of Wicklow Public Participation Network and represents the voice of older people at local governmental level.
Chairperson Mai Quaid made the opening address and the guest speakers were Minister of State Andrew Doyle and Patricia Rikkard-Clarke, Chair of the National Safeguarding Committee, Chair of the Third AGE's National Advisory Council, SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Older People.
Minister of State Doyle welcomed the release of the Eircode fridge magnets in what is a joint initiative between Wicklow and Kildare County Councils and the HSE.
'In an emergency call, the responder asks for the Eircode which is often not to hand or is still often unknown immediately.
'These fridge magnets will be easily read, will come with a semi-permanent marker but can be written on with an ordinary pen and will provide peace of mind to older people and their families.
'I am pleased to launch this initiative here today at the Older Persons Network AGM and I welcome the fact that Wicklow is at the forefront in terms of devising solutions and making life a little bit easier for our elderly population.
'Small devices such as personal alarms and having your Eircode readily available can make all the difference.
'The HSE will take part in this programme in that public health nurses will distribute the magnets to older people who are often hard to reach otherwise and the Gardai will also be involved as the community guards maintain a register of older persons,' said the Minister of State.
All present broke for lunch following the opening addresses and participated in a raffle, before enjoying a dance to some live music from Liam Garrett performed at the tea dance event that followed.