Elderly Share Winter Weather Woes

3 years 10 months 5 days ago Wednesday, February 05 2014 Feb 5, 2014 Wednesday, February 05, 2014 2:39:00 PM CST February 05, 2014 in News
By: Jay Wallis, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Senior citizens in Columbia were dealing with the effects of the recent weather storm Wednesday.

Hanover Estates is a senior living community in Columbia. Since the snow storm hit mid-Missouri, some of its residents said they have been too scared to leave their houses, due to a fear of falling. Others have been affected in more serious ways.

"Until they come and shovel by our houses, we cant get out, especially since most of us can't do the shoveling ourselves," Hanover Estates resident Barbara Griffin said.

Being blind, Griffin said she has a helper that visits her during the week four hours a day who does things around the house she can't do. She hasn't been able to visit since Monday.

Griffin also said some of her neighbors that require oxygen received extra oxygen over the weekend in case their providers couldn't get to them this week.

"When you throw disabilities on top of it, like I do, it's tricky." Griffin said. "We've been socked in all weekend."

Hanover Estates Owner Margaret Patrick said she would make trips to make sure residents got what they needed.

"It'd be easier for me to fall down than anybody else here," Patrick said. "I wish nobody would fall, but if anyone, I can take it."

Snow plows will be clearing the parking lots and sidewalks in the next few days.

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