Elderly woman survives fall from second-story window

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 94-year woman survived a fall from a second-story window at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home.

The woman, a resident at the home, apparently climbed out of the window Friday and fell to a flower bed 10 feet below. She was listed in fair condition Saturday at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Robyn Johnson, Pioneers' Home administrator, said the woman was staying in the home's infirmary, a temporary unit for residents who are ill. Johnson said no one saw the woman go out the window.

The state Division of Senior Services is planning to investigate. Dwight Becker, state coordinator of assisted living licensing and adult protective services, said that early reports indicate the woman had been somewhat confused lately.

Johnson said the home can't lock the windows because of fire codes. She said a resident has never fallen out of a window before.

Johnson said she couldn't release the woman's name because of privacy restrictions.

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