“The family can rest assured that someone will check on their loved one,” Kelly said. “If there’s no response, we’ll put things into action.”
The program cost about $1,000, Kelly said. A similar program has been available in Mad River Twp., he said.
“We wanted to make it available to all residents,” Kelly said.
The program is a good idea, especially for people who don’t have relatives who live nearby, said 83-year-old Springfield resident Dan Hackett. He lives alone, but receives phone calls from his children every day.
“They check on me on a pretty regular basis,” Hackett said.
The program is a real need in the community, United Senior Services Executive Director Maureen Fagans said. The organization often has family members ask them to check on their relatives, Fagans said, which they typically do for members through the Meals on Wheels program.
“If somebody doesn’t have our services, we don’t have a mechanism to give them a regular call or check-in,” Fagans said. “It’s a great service.”
Registration forms will be available at ClarkCountyOhio.gov or at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 120 N. Fountain Ave. For more information, call Mike Combs at 937-521-2073.