Snow Keeps Caretaker From Local Woman’s Home

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Some Pittsburgh residents say that they did not see a city plow on their street until Friday afternoon following the latest storm to dump snow across the area.

One woman says it caused a serious issue for her because her caretaker could not get to her home.

A city salt truck arrived on Memory Lane in the Hill District just after 12:30 p.m., but for Needra Adams it was too little, too late.

She says her home health care nurse missed a visit this morning because her street had not be salted or plowed.

“They plowed last night, I’ll say between 6 and 7 p.m., no plow trucks have been up there since then,” said Adams, who is an MS patient. “She said she got off of 279 on her trip into the city. She was slipping and sliding coming up Bedford Avenue in between the Civic Arena and Connelly Trade School.”

Adams says when the nurse arrived on her street – there was no place to park because of the heavy snow. Now, she’s frustrated and blames road conditions for her nurse missing an important visit.

“It caused me mental frustration simply because I have an open wound that needs to be treated,” Adams said. “I have doctor’s orders that’s to be done daily.”

She has a message for Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski on behalf of home health care patients

“Mr. Kaczorowski, come up here to the Hill District. Come up to the Hill, and see how bad it is and what we have to put up with,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kaczorowski says the city is working well within the timeframe to clean the main roads and side streets.

“There’s a time frame for us to do our job and that timeframe is set, it’s marked, it’s 24 to 36 hours after the snow event,” he said.

He is asking residents to be patient and if their street is not plowed by 6 a.m. Saturday, call his office or dial 311.”

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  • Thomas J Duttine

    Why does she think that she is special?? If she needs health care that necessary she should move. Or have family there with her. The plows can’t be everywhere immediately. I also do not understand why this is news? The city has 24 to 36 hrs to get to streets. And this was no where near that kind of time line.

    • Nico

      You, sir, are a complete jerk if there ever was one. Did you even read the story? This woman has an open wound that needs to be treated. Sounds to me like she couldn’t move. And even if she was able to move, do you think that someone like that will be able to get themselves to a health care facility in those conditions? She has a care taker that comes to her home for a reason.

      Also, did you even stop to consider that maybe she does not have family living in the state? Just because she has a health issue doesn’t mean her family would immediately go and live with her. They have lives of their own. This is only news because the snow plows wouldn’t even go out at the time of the snow to keep the roads clear that night, causing a lot of unnecessary accidents, even I got into a minor fender bender that night, which could have easily been avoided.

  • Sara Sams

    The lady should know how to care for her own self.If its that serious then have someone stay with her.

  • Sara Sams

    The lady should know how to care for her own self.I

  • bettygerbil

    do any of 3 above have ms shut up you no nothing about it yes she is sick but you can’t expect your family to take care of u and when u can’t afford a nursing home to stay at maybe you three are rich and can afford it she is sick thru no fault i have ms and yes when you need the care you expect someone to get there yes i do understand of the conditions outside and yes they can’t be everywhere yes people with ms can care for there selfs but if your legs are affected maybe that is a problem .maybe you 3 should think about how you would be if you had ms because you could get it and karma has a way to bite you in the but so watch what you say

    • Thomas J Duttine

      Don’t tell me about affording a nursing home. That’s what MEDICAID is for…..

    • Anita Sheffey

      Here Here. We all need to be more sympathetic of others situation. Instead of talking about her maybe give her some advice for when this happens again because unfortunately it will.

  • Thomas J Duttine

    And if she can’t survive for 24 hrs she should be in a home!

  • Anita Sheffey

    Honeywait til you get there it won’t be so easy to make these comments.

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