ALONE ie - community response

By: Alone  05/12/2011

ALONE’s Community Response service advocates for vulnerable older people in crisis and links them in with long-term supports where available. The service gives the people we help up-to-date information to empower them to make informed decisions.  

Who Is Community Response For? 
Anybody over 60 who is living in the greater Dublin area and in need of crisis support can apply to the ALONE Community Response service. People contact us for all kinds of reasons including housing conditions, isolation, loneliness, health, disability and financial problems. The service is confidential, non-judgemental and non-denominational.

How Does Community Response work? 
Once someone contacts us a worker will visit the person to assess their needs and agree the best course of action appropriate to their circumstances. A plan will be agreed and reviewed regularly as progress is made. We offer advocacy, advice and up-to-date and accessible information on support services  for older people. Community Response links people in with these services depending on individual need and preference.

Maximising Independence 
ALONE believes older people should be able to age in their own homes for as long as possible. The support we offer is discussed and agreed in detail with the people we meet. Our priority is to identify the root cause of their crisis and to put in place long term supports to prevent similar situations arising in the future. If the individual wishes we can arrange for regular visits from an ALONE befriending volunteer to offer company and the additional security of having someone to check-in with them on a weekly basis.

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ALONE provides affordable accommodation in life-long tenancies for older people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 150 trained and Garda-vetted ALONE volunteers offer companionship to older people who would otherwise be lonely or isolated. Volunteers offer a programme of presentations to schools and are available to visit your business or community group.


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Applicants must be able to live reasonably independently or with the aid of a support package provided by the HSE or another agency. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and tenancies allocated on the basis of priority need and individual suitability. We provide lifetime tenancies with support, in purpose-built clusters of homes and in houses in the community.


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Levels of support are ?exible as individual needs change.