Anyway, my mother’s building was built in the 1970s, and they just weren’t thinking much about the problems elderly people might have in dealing with things. The locks on the doors are not easy to open; they really ought to move to the card system used in nearly every hotel these days because cards are much easier to use than keys. The trash room has a heavy door, and it ought to have one of those big buttons that opens doors for the disabled, but it doesn’t. Cupboards are placed in the way every kitchen has cupboards, but my mother has osteoporosis and has lost a few inches in height since she moved in, so it’s hard for her to reach up to those cupboards these days. Laundry facilities in each unit would have been nice, instead of expecting the residents to walk half a block to their floor’s facilities (sometimes to find them already in use). There are probably many other features of her building that could have been designed better, if they had only thought about how the kind of problems the elderly have in dealing with things the rest of us find simple.
But one thing I’ll say in favor of her building is that the dining room makes an amazing pumpkin soup for the Thanksgiving dinner. Yum!