Elderly Residents Given Just 30 Days Notice Until Des Moines Assisted Living Complex Drops Help

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- They all moved into Walden Point Assisted Living in Des Moines because they needed help.

Sharon Enos needs special foods.

"I have stricture of the esophagus and when I choke, I choke,” Enos said.

Evelyn Link has trouble walking on her own.

"I have two artificial hips now so I would be in fear of falling,” Link said.

Those fears became reality Monday when around 60 residents at Walden Point Assistant Living found out the help they have received for years was going away and not replaced.

"It really upset me and scared me because I didn't know what I was going to do," said Linda Steeve.

The residents will have to think fast because management is making the move in 30 days and no later than Dec. 16.  The notice, given to residents Monday said the occupancy agreement requires just 30 days when a change in language, services or fees occur.

"This is not what we came in for, this is not what they are paying rent for," said Enos.

Residents can stay, but will have to pay for private care on their own. Evelyn considers it a slap in the face.

"We are senior citizens,” she said. “We should be taken care of in that respect I think."

Family members were enraged trying to get answers but to no avail.

Evelyn's daughter, Janice Craig said, "It seems to me that their lives just don't really matter that much."

They are lives that need assistance, but are now left on their own.

"This is my home. This is my family and it's really upsetting," said Linda.

Sharon doesn't even have someone to reach out to if she could, saying,  "I'm on my own. I don't have family and I don`t really know what I'm going to do."

Walden Point says Keyway Management decided to do away with assistance.  The West Des Moines company has yet to respond to a list of questions about their decision.

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