Broken Elevator Causes Problems for Superior Seniors
Posted at: 11/01/2012 3:53 PM
| Updated at: 11/15/2012 1:21 PM
By: Travis Dill
The only elevator in the Regina Hill Apartments in Superior's East End has been out of service since Saturday. This is causing problems for the elderly residents of the six-story building.
“This elevator is extremely important to us that it functions right and we can feel safe in it,” Carol Noren, a building resident, said.
She said back issues and knee pain hinder her trips up and down the stairs. “I usually stop and rest a couple times on the way up. Going down is a little bit easier for me. But it's not very pretty watching me watching me go down these steps,” Noren said.
And there are other seniors that can't make it down the stairs at all.
“This one friend of mine on the 5th floor, she hasn't been out of her apartment since Friday night,” Noren said.
Adam Bachand, the property owner, said four elevator companies have looked into the problem, but the repairs will take another two or three weeks because a new elevator part must be fabricated.
Bachand said the fire department can help residents up and down by appointment.
In the meantime he has offered to help move residents to the ground floor or another building.
Noren said she doesn't want to give up her 6th floor sunsets, but she's already tired of the stairs.
“My oldest daughter lives with me and she thinks I should probably try to get a lower floor too. And eventually maybe I will have to. I don't know,” Noren said.
The property manager also said a stair climbing chair has been located and will be installed soon to help residents get around.