Meals on Wheels volunteers check on senior citizens during heat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Meals on Wheels volunteers check on senior citizens during heat warning

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With Shelby County in the middle of an excessive heat warning, caretakers are making sure that they check up on their elderly charges.

Nicky Burherie-Kearl and her husband deliver food to seniors through MIFA's Meals on Wheels program.  

When they went to check up on a woman in North Memphis, she did not immediately answer.  They waited through some tense moments to make sure she was okay. They called the woman, and she convinced them she was just a little slow answering the door.

"It's always nice to know that they've got a meal coming to them," said Kearl. "I think it's also important that they have someone checking in on them. A lot of these people are home-bound."

Meals on Wheels volunteers perform wellness checks as part of their job. At the houses they visit, they check to make sure seniors have enough fans or air conditioning. They help seniors with everything from feeding their pets to changing light bulbs.

The Kearls said that while it's not clear whether the heat is what killed a couple on Aldridge Drive Tuesday, heat can be a huge threat to senior citizens.

She said that anyone who knows an elderly person should check on them frequently and make sure they are staying cool and hydrated.

Fannie Murrell, who just turned 98, calls the Kearls a blessing.

"Oh, I'm 98 and feeling good about it," said Murrell. "Not only feel good, but I feel thankful to my heavenly Father for giving me the longevity in life that He has given me."

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