Survey Shows 96 Percent of Residents Agree with Social Distancing, Visitation Restrictions

DALLAS — A vast majority of residents in seniors housing communities — 96 percent of them — approve of the current visitation restrictions and social distancing rules to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by Dallas-based operator Buckner Retirement Services.

The survey gathered 140 responses from residents across six different Buckner communities in Texas in early May.

More than 75 percent of seniors surveyed listed family visits as something they miss most. Other top activities missed within the communities include going to church (56 percent) and group dining (54 percent).

The survey covers the ways residents are communicating with family and friends while unable to visit with them personally. When it comes to video chatting, 55 percent admitted they never used the technology before shelter-in-place orders. However, 52 percent of residents plan to continue using the technology beyond pandemic circumstances.

“We understand how difficult it is for our residents and their family members and friends to be physically apart during the pandemic, so our goal with the survey and infographic was to provide everyone outside our communities with some more insight,” says Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services.

Buckner’s six communities include Buckner Villas in Austin, Parkway Place in Houston, Ventana by Buckner in Dallas, Calder Woods in Beaumont, Westminster Place in Longview, and Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo.

Click here to view the full survey results.

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