WAYCROSS, Ga. – As families face the reality of the restrictions set in place for visiting their loved ones at senior living facilities, one woman in Waycross, Georgia, is trying to make the best of it even in the hardest of times.
As senior living facilities are closing their doors to visitors to protect vulnerable residents from the coronavirus, it’s taken a toll on families.
“Right now she’s under hospice,” said Hazel Wade, whose mother is in a senior living facility. “She’s in the last stages of life.”
Wade told News4Jax it’s not an easy time. Her 88-year-old mother is a resident at Harborview Health Systems-Satilla. Wade said she recently retired and had been visiting her mom every other day, but with the facility’s restrictions on visitors in place, she had to get creative.
“So I found my heart well I can write her a note, so that’s what I did,” Wade said. “She was asleep and the other lady hollered at her and my mama looked over there and she had the biggest smile on her face.”
Since she can’t go inside, she pressed messages to the glass reading: “God Loves you” and “Mama, I Love you.”
Her mother also held a sign which reads, “I love you Hazel.”
“The thing that has helped me, I know my Lord is with my mama and is taking care of her," Wade said. "She has been a wonderful mother. She’s always been there for me and never turns me away no matter what.”
Harborview Health Systems-Satilla says it does NOT have any cases of coronavirus but is taking the precautions for the safety of its residents.
It posted photos on Facebook -- distance means so little when someone means so much. The photos showed residents holding up signs with different messages for their loved ones.
Harborview Satilla posted on Facebook that it is accepting cards and drawings for their residents.