The Buddy Check program is a program started by Teresa Ivey in April and has had great success at MHA. A total of 4 volunteers (two at Parkside and two at Mcghee Terrace) routinely check up on some of the elderly and disabled residents to ensure their safety and to make sure their needs are being met. The "buddies" as they are called patrol the area and check for the signs left by the residents that say either they are okay on one side or that they are out. If there is no sign, then that signals to the buddy that there might be something wrong. At that point, there are three procedures the buddies do before going in to check.
First, they knock on the door. If there is still no response, then the buddy goes to the office and makes a phone call. If there is no return call after one hour, we get an authorized staff employee to enter the home and check. Three have died since it's inception but thanks to the Buddy Check program, they were not left unattended. Lives have already been saved since the programs inception and as it continues to grow, more lives will be touched. For more information, contact Ms. T