Why do they put senior citizens in "high risers"
In most major cities in America the elderly are housed in multilevel units, sometimes reaching as high as 15 stories or higher. My question is, shouldn't they stay as low to the ground as possible, due to diminishing ability to navigate stairs, in case of a blackout or fire?
Maybe It's about money. Many senior apartments have rent based on income. Building large lower level apartment complex's are probably expensive.
I agree that it is about money and space; land for spreading out is expensive many places. Unfortunately, this set up also means that the oldest old won't come outside much any more and will be contained where they can be controlled. The set up can also be deadly:
In the mid-1990s, a senior highrise in the hottest weeks of the summer in Chicago suffered a complete power outage that disabled the elevators and air conditioning. The staff left without helping the residents, according to angry news media reports. Many seniors were bed bound or in wheelchairs and could not use the stairs. All the windows were sealed shut to prevent older people from falling out or committing suicide in jumps. The report was that the residents all died, some 500 in all.
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