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Senior in-home-assistance program up and running

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SHARPE, Ky. - If home is where the heart is, Georgia Hayward's heart is in Sharp, Kentucky and she has no plans to change it.

"I said I'm going to stay right where I'm at, just as long as I can get something to eat and keep myself clean," she said.

At 92-years-old, she knows her kids worry about her. They've told her they'd like her to move closer or to somewhere she can get assistance any time she needs it.

"I've always been somebody that likes to take care of yourself," she said.

Which is why she's a perfect candidate for Made To Stay, a non-profit program designed to help seniors stay in their homes longer.

Volunteers are paired up to help assist with chores around the house, transportation, or to visit.

Brenda Madison is Hayward's volunteer. She told Local 6, after caring for her parents, she knows how much work it can be for caregivers.

"It would have been nice to have a little help once in a while and I think it's just a very needed thing in our area," Madison said. 

Volunteers are not the same as in-home medical workers so there are some things they can't do, but they are more than willing to do housework, yard work, small home repairs, or transport seniors to and from places. Founders report seven members and 14 volunteers since they launched in the beginning of 2015.

Eligible members are at least 55 years old or disabled and live in the McCracken County area. They pay an annual fee.

Hayward and Madison agree it's a small price to pay to keep people living in a place they see as priceless.

"I just didn't want to leave," said Hayward. "My church is here and I've been here for 28 years, 29 years. I just don't want to move." 

Said Madison, "I've been so blessed, all my life. It's just an honor to give some help."

If you'd like more information about made to stay or would like to volunteer, click here.

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