Two years ago 88-year-old South Wentworthville resident Omra Hollands had a bad fall, breaking fingers on her right hand. Mrs Hollands lives on her own and after the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, became even more isolated.
She qualified for the ‘Press for Help’ alarm device introduced earlier this year by Cumberland City Council. The device alerts up to five contacts in the case of an emergency when the SOS button is pressed.
“I feel so much more confident and happier,” Mrs Hollands said. “My family are very scattered. My daughter lives in New Zealand and other relatives across the state.
“They are so delighted that I have access to the ‘Press for Help’ alarm, especially after my fall. Prevention is better than the actual happening.”
Another recipient, 68 year-old Maree Rowe said it has restored her sense of independence.
“I have had falls and major black outs which worried my family as I live on my own,” Mrs Rowe said. “I love the feeling of independence and now, with the ‘Press for Alarm’ device, I am able to go about my every day without the fear of what ifs.”
Mayor of Cumberland City Council Steve Christou says our seniors are the backbone of our community.
“The Press for Alarm initiative continues to put the safety of our seniors and socially and medically vulnerable first,” he said. “We are pleased with the ongoing distribution of the devices and our role in bringing back peoples’ self-esteem after the heavy impacts of COVID-19 and the increased isolation.”
Cumberland City Council has 11 ‘Press for Help’ alarms available.
The project was funded through ClubGrants provided by Wenty Leagues to purchase the personal alarms. For more information on eligibility or any enquiries please contact Council on (02) 8757 9577.