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“All of a sudden, people started to come out,” he said. “We’ve had 10-12 calls this week.”
Nayna Parikh, owner of BeeHive Homes of Gainesville, said interest in her facility is “picking up, but there’s still scaredness in people’s minds. Families are slowly gaining confidence after the vaccine.”
And tours for prospective residents are still done carefully.
“They are scheduled when our residents are not out in the common area,” Parikh said.
For the most part, senior living places have spent the past year protecting residents from outside contact, restricting visitors, but they’ve also closely monitored residents interacting with employees. Centers have resorted to creative measures for residents to meet with family.
“Public health mitigation efforts remain critically important, especially in long-term care settings where residents may be more vulnerable to virus exposure,” says a Georgia Department of Public Health document on elderly care.
The March 15 document spells out “how to responsibly ease restrictions in long-term care facilities while COVID-19 remains in communities across the state.”
Ballas is looking forward to brighter days ahead, describing the past year as “dismal.”
“My residents are a very active and engaged bunch of folks, anyway, so it was really hard for them to be separated and not be able to move about freely,” she said. “Even after the first vaccination, you could feel some of the tension lift.”