Disabled residents stuck at home

The elevator at a Grand Rapids non-licensed assisted living facility has been out of service for nearly two weeks, and many of the disabled residents say they feel trapped. Full Story
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“WINGS....ROCK The Ice YEAH!”

Since: Mar 08

Allendale, MI

#1 Dec 17, 2008
Ahhhhh Caring Meadows....Paying tenants....Ah NO WORKING ELEVATOR....ahaaaaaa What a loveley Name for a Caring Place to live.....no working elevator...hmmmm

Since: Mar 08

Jenison

#2 Dec 17, 2008
This is an absolutely illegal situation. If there's a fire in this building while the elevator isn't working, then people will die, God forbid. That would be murder in my book. The state needs to step in now. This is an unlicensed facility and should be fined and shut down ASAP. That's the only way to protect there people.
Sue

Orestes, IN

#3 Dec 17, 2008
Excellent point, Bon Van. I hope someone calls the local fire department. Most hotels have handicap access, there is no reason to leave these people stuck in their rooms.

How can they stay open if they aren't licensed? Isn't that a requirement? I assume that these people aren't wealthy, but that doesn't mean they don't have the right to live in a safe facilty.
LCInCP

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Dec 18, 2008
Rule of thumb is, if there is a fire stay out of the elevators because if they loose power your trapped. If these people can't use the stairs then why are they on the second floor if your not suppose to use the elevator if there is a fire.
RealAmerican

Ypsilanti, MI

#5 Dec 18, 2008
LCInCP wrote:
Rule of thumb is, if there is a fire stay out of the elevators because if they loose power your trapped. If these people can't use the stairs then why are they on the second floor if your not suppose to use the elevator if there is a fire.
good point.they should be on the first floor,if there are room's. atleast there should be a alternative way to get out incase of fire.
maggiesmom

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Dec 18, 2008
What about the employee being fired? PLEASE interview that person to find the real story. Sometimes disgruntled employees are the best source for finding out more information.

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

#7 Dec 18, 2008
Two weeks?!? Those residents and their familes should be making calls...

Since: Mar 08

Jenison

#8 Dec 18, 2008
Sue wrote:
Excellent point, Bon Van. I hope someone calls the local fire department. Most hotels have handicap access, there is no reason to leave these people stuck in their rooms.
How can they stay open if they aren't licensed? Isn't that a requirement? I assume that these people aren't wealthy, but that doesn't mean they don't have the right to live in a safe facilty.
They may not be able stay open now that the situation has been made public. The licensing agencies will more than likely be visiting soon.

And yes, I missed the boat about the disabled residents being on the first floor. That way they can get out if there was a fire. Hopefully the place will realize that they need to make major changes, and implement them VERY soon.

Since: Mar 08

Jenison

#9 Dec 18, 2008
little-me wrote:
Two weeks?!? Those residents and their familes should be making calls...
Alot of these people are the disenchanted of society. They've been homeless, or whatever, and have no family to support them. So they have no voice.

That's why they called TV8 for help.
Rachel

Syracuse, NY

#10 Dec 18, 2008
It sounds like the facility operators are doing their best to have the elevator repaired soon. It also sounds like the residents are able to use the stairs but prefer the elevator. At any rate, the residents are not bound to stay there and could move.
I'm a little tired of people getting on the disability bandwagon and demanding that the earth be moved. I suggest that WOOD stop stirring up the pot just for the sake of a good story.
grlady

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Dec 18, 2008
I am a nurse, and I know for a fact that residents may have whomever they want to in to visit them.

If that included a tv crew, then more power to the residents for trying to find a solution to this very serious problem.

I believe that once the state finds out about this, they are done.
RealAmerican

Ypsilanti, MI

#12 Dec 18, 2008
Rachel wrote:
It sounds like the facility operators are doing their best to have the elevator repaired soon. It also sounds like the residents are able to use the stairs but prefer the elevator. At any rate, the residents are not bound to stay there and could move.
I'm a little tired of people getting on the disability bandwagon and demanding that the earth be moved. I suggest that WOOD stop stirring up the pot just for the sake of a good story.
They did quote, The elevator was old. I think it's time to update. As far as disability this can happen to anyone.Even you,I assume you are probably still pretty young. Put yourself in here position.
michigan

United States

#13 Dec 18, 2008
Wow I wonder how Rachel would feel if she was the one who was disabled. Yes, they could use the stairs but have you ever tried to climb stairs when in need of knee and hip replacements? Or when legs were crushed after an auto accident? These are legit problems and stairs do pose a problem for people like that.
Don't judge a book by the cover and yes there are some who claim they are disabled that really aren't which makes the ones who are truely disabled get a bad rep.
Kudos to WOODtv8 for airing this story because this shows that there is nothing but a major hazard of having disabled tenants living on anything other than the 1st floor. I know that in Hotels if you are disabled they will put you on the 1st floor incase of a fire or disaster. This needs to be done with all assited care facilities for the sake of people.
robby

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Dec 18, 2008
They need that elevator so they can go downstairs and sit in the lobby or go out to smoke.
Britescents

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Dec 18, 2008
People need to call fia and ask to talk to adult protective services, I am pretty sure they can help they did in montcalm county with a issue like this.. Also I would call the fire department, and also the city. If they step in and do something there is places to help put them in safe places to stay.I know that since it has been made public i am goona call on behalf of these helpless people and would hope others would also. THIS COULD BE YOUR LOVE ONE TOO AND YOU WOULD WANT PEOPLE TO HELP THEM!!!!!!
outraged

United States

#16 Dec 18, 2008
Isn't there a law that protects these people from this type of situation?? Also, how can they get away with treating the employee that way for letting the news people into expose the situation? I just don't get it? Whoever owns that building should be ina jail cell waiting to explain themselves toa a judge.
Jeanne Chase

Battle Creek, MI

#17 Dec 18, 2008
This place needs more then a sloppy city inspector to check it out. I don't know the laws on this,but why doesn't this place have a license?

Since: Mar 08

Jenison

#18 Dec 18, 2008
Rachel wrote:
It sounds like the facility operators are doing their best to have the elevator repaired soon. It also sounds like the residents are able to use the stairs but prefer the elevator. At any rate, the residents are not bound to stay there and could move.
I'm a little tired of people getting on the disability bandwagon and demanding that the earth be moved. I suggest that WOOD stop stirring up the pot just for the sake of a good story.
I'm sorry you have such hostility towards anyone with differences or disablities. No one expects to become disabled, but it can happen to anyone. It did to me.

A simple trip and fall when I was delivering to a customer put me in that category. I even became homeless for a time because I was fighting for disability. I had to stay in shelters that were just like this place. All they cared about was the money that the state would pay them for their "generousity" in helping the homeless/disabled out. The people were just plain crooks and didn't care about anyone but themselves.

I had more than one well known shelter that refused to let me use the elevator, and put me in a room on the second floor. This was totally illegal, but in their eyes they were helping me so I didn't have a right to complain. And they certainly didn't care about my health needs.

I was lucky. I finally got disability and was able to move into my own place. But not before I went through hell to get there.

So before you open your mouth to complain about the disabled or stories like this, please think about what it would be like if you because one of us, too.
what the

Allegan, MI

#20 Dec 18, 2008
Many small privite nursing / assisted living homes are unsafe,under staffed and without a good crisis plan. They are in business for the money not for the care.
Before sending a loved one to a home, check out the home yourself, ask residents and their relatives how they like the place and check with the state on problems the home has had. Can get information on internet in mi.gov
Anonymous

AOL

#21 Dec 18, 2008
Fix it Please....Some one please fix it.

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