NASHVILLE — A future assisted living facility along a busy thoroughfare on the east side of Nashville was anticipated to be open by autumn, but that turned out not to be the case.
Postings on social media in September said that the furniture had arrived at The Gardens of Nashville. The postings said that the finishing touches were going to be added and that the 62-bed facility was close to welcoming its first residents.
The postings, which are on The Gardens of Nashville’s Facebook page, advised interested people to contact Robin Waller, who directs new business sales for Affinity Living Group, which will operate the facility.
Reached by phone on Thursday, Waller told the Telegram, “We do not have a specific date and time of opening.”
As for any kind of estimated date or target date, Waller said, “We’re hoping very soon.”
Waller said the company is awaiting state licensure to have the authority to operate the future facility, which is at 1022 Eastern Ave. adjacent to the Nash County Agriculture Center.
Waller also said the company is continuing to collect deposits for people who would be classified as private-pay residents at the facility.
Private pay can be a combination of personal funds and insurance coverage or exclusively personal funds.
Waller said the company has reserved all of the rooms for people who would be classified as Medicaid recipients and is building a waiting list.
The Medicaid program, which was signed into law in 1965 and is operated by the federal government, is designed to help provide health care coverage to low-income families or people.
Overall, Waller said of the situation at The Gardens of Nashville, “We are very, very disappointed. We wished that we had opened in a timely manner, but we’re waiting.”
Waller said the facility is completely and beautifully decorated and all staff have been hired and are undergoing required training.
Waller also said once the company receives word of the official go-ahead to begin operating, the move-in process will start.
Affinity is based in Hickory in the western part of the state.
The state Department of Health and Human Services has said the property along Eastern Avenue was licensed as an adult care home in July 2015 and owned by Universal Health Care.
Universal in July 2016 issued discharge notices to all residents, with all residents discharged the next month so the company could make mechanical repairs. Affinity in April 2018 purchased the facility from Universal.
Affinity already has a presence in the area, with Somerset Court of Rocky Mount in the 900 block of Westwood Drive and Wilson House in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Parkway Southeast in Wilson.