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Connect, Inform and Support - Age Action's COVID-19 Emergency Response

Age Action has reconfigured its supports and services to ensure older people in Ireland are prioritised, protected, informed and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help older people and those who support older people at home or in the community through our Connect, Inform, Support initiative.

 An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 or the Corona Virus on the evening of 27 March. According to the guidelines, if you are over 70 or medically vulnerable you are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact until further notice. This is referred to as ‘cocooning’. This period will be kept under review. Information and advice is available here.

 Age Action's Connect, Inform and Support approach to COVID-19 is detailed here or you can find out more about the services below which are available by calling 0818 9111 09.

The Age Action Getting Started Keep In Touch (KIT) is a national learning initiative to help older people improve their digital literacy skills, so they are more connected, informed and supported particularly during periods of social distancing. The Getting Started KIT will also help people who have digital literacy skills to become Digital Champions – they can use the KIT to tutor someone who needs help.

Age Action has established a check in call service to contact all members, clients and stakeholders through the Getting Started, U3A and Glór networks to inform and connect older people during the COVID-19 emergency. The phone number which operates 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday is 0818911109.  

Age Action is providing additional supports to older people, enabling them to transition quickly out of hospital into their own homes, ensuring that their home is safe while also supporting our hospitals to respond to the Covid-19 health crisis. We are also providing an emergency response for urgent repairs and other supports for older people in order to ensure people can remain safely in their own homes.

There is a huge amount of information available about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, what supports are in place and how you might plan to manage through the pandemic. We have collated some information that might be useful for you.

Age Action in partnership the Irish Red Cross launched the COVID-19 Hardship Fund on 31 March and due to the overwhelming requests for support, closed the Fund to new applications on Friday 24 April.  Funds continue to be raised through corporate donors and public contributions which mean that small grants can be made to older people who are struggling with the financial burden of self-isolating or cocooning up to a maximum grant of 500 euro until funds are depleted.