AsLouisiana nursing homes reopen to visitors: ‘We very much hope this is the first of many visits’ | Coronavirus

Leslie Alley lives about 20 minutes from her mother, Glenda Thorne, an 84-year-old resident of Poydras Home. But in six months, the closest contact she was able to make was waving through a fence when her mom went on daily walks around the grounds of the Uptown New Orleans retirement home.

On Thursday, however, under the shade of a gazebo on the grounds, mother and daughter sat within a few arms’ lengths for the first time since March. Poydras Home reopened its doors to visitors this week for the first time since a statewide lockdown closed Louisiana nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.


Poydras Home assisted living resident Glenda Thorne sits with her daughter Leslie Alley for the first time in months after coronavirus restrictions were relaxed at Poydras Home in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. 

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