Broken elevator causes mobility problems for residents at senior living facility

Senior Care Center Elevator Issues

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Elderly and disabled residents in a Jackson living facility have been having a tough time because of a problem with mobility at the residence.

Some are reportedly confined to their rooms because an elevator stopped working more than a month ago.

“It’s too long. It’s been too long,” said Cumeshia McDuffey-Mosley.

She is talking about the elevator that hasn’t worked for more than a month at the National Center of Black Aged Estates on Forest Avenue in Jackson.

The health care worker volunteers with her church which delivers meals and other items to the residents.

The facility houses seniors, the disabled and handicapped.

Residents in the four story facility are having a difficult time managing the stairs since the elevator has not been operating. Source: WLBT
Residents in the four story facility are having a difficult time managing the stairs since the elevator has not been operating. Source: WLBT

McDuffey-Mosley said tenants told her in January that the elevator stopped working and hasn’t been repaired.

It is making life difficult for residents in the four story building.

“They can’t walk up and down the steps you know these are elderly people,” said McDuffey-Mosley. “So they can’t move and I walked up four steps and I was tired trying to get up those flights of stairs. So it’s just not conducive for them”.

The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged Housing provides residency for low income African American seniors.

It develops independent living facilities for special needs elderly.

Residents said a manager from Memphis met with them about the issue Friday.

“It’s a joy when we come and bring them food or the items to them and so you know to see them in despair, it hurts me,” added McDuffey-Mosley.

We reached out to management for information on when the elevator would be repaired and how residents are being assisted during the outage.

Our request for comment will be referred to their corporate office in Washington D.C.

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