My late wife Shirley and I lived in a senior lodge for six months.
To start with they took almost all of our income.
Living in the lodge turned out to be a nightmare for Shirley.
I madeseveral suggestions to address the social, emotional, and recreational needs of Shirley, and others like her, who suffered from Alzheimer's and dementia, but sadly none were ever implemented. I believe this caused her to have a nervous breakdown, which resulted in her spending 2 months in hospital at the taxpayer's expense. The money would have been far better spent addressing her needs, and the others like her.
It is also my belief that black mold located in the under carpet and flooring in our apartment may have cause her premature death due to the complications arising from the bacterial pneumonia Shirley contracted at the lodge.
There had been a major flood in our apartment before we moved into the apartment due to a rupture of the hot water heating radiator in our apartment. Rather than removing the carpet and carpet underlay to dry them out, they simply used fans to dry out the carpet, leaving the carpet underlay, the underside of the carpet, and the wooden floor soaking wet.
The lodge was also unsafe in 2013, and still is in 2022, because the sidewalks, parking lot, steps, and ramps were, and still are, often covered with glare ice after every Chinook. Below is a sampling of pictures I have taken of the extremely dangerous conditions at Chinook Winds Lodge starting in November 2013until November 2022
The east emergency fire exit was blocked with snow for the entire month of December, 2013. If there had been a fire in the kitchen area of the lodge all us residents on the east end of the lodge would not have been able to escape the fire, and the firemen would not have been able to get to us except through a window.
On November 30, 2013, I fell on the glare ice outside this southwest emergency exit door because the eaves trough was leaking. Luckily I did not break any limbs or have a serious brain injury, however I did have to sleep upright in a chair rather than my bed for three days after my fall. It should be noted that the eaves trough is still leaking as of November 25, 2022.
It should be noted that when the snow melts on the roof above the fire exit door during a Chinook, a patch of glare ice always forms outside the fire exit door.
The picture below taken on Feb. 28, 2020 shows that there was a ten foot wide patch of glare ice on the street along the entire length of lodge. It should also be noted there were patches of glare ice on the sidewalk as well.
The day I took this picture a good friend of mine fell on the glare ice. Luckily she was not seriously injured, however she could have had a very serious brain injury, a broken back, or a limb injury. As she is a senior any one of these injuries could have lead to her death.
If a leaf blower had have been used to taper the snow back from the sidewalk the melting snow on the lawn would have simply soaked into the lawn.
The picture below that was also taken Feb. 28, 2020 illustrates that the alley behind the lodge was covered with glare ice. This meant that it would have been impossible to enter or leave the lodge safely from the front or rear entrances of the lodge. It should be noted that the only other emergency exit is at the east end of the lodge with the steps and ramp covered with snow and ice. This meant if there had been a fire in the lodge at that time there was no safe way to escape the fire.
The picture below shows the east fire exit stairs and sidewalk were snow covered. I noticed that the ramp leading from the east emergency fire exit door was also snow covered.
The pictures below shows snow piled up at the west end of the parking lot. When the snow pile melts and freezes it covers the parking lot and alley with glare ice from end to end.
Southwest emergency exit door, with glare ice outside the door because the eaves trough was still leaking as of Nov. 27, 2020.
The above picture taken on January 3, 2021 of the east energency fire exit stairs. I also noticed that the ramp was also covered with snow and ice at that time.
The above picture was taken on Nov. 25, 2022. It shows that the eaves trough above the emergency exit door still is leaking. This is the same location that I fell at on
Nov. 30, 2013.
I wonder how many people have fallen on the ice around this lodge since my late wife Shirley and I moved out on December 25, 2013.
I see this as criminal neglegence, and will likely result in some ones death if the law protecting seniors in this lodge is not enforced.