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North Georgia Assisted Living adding new wing
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North Georgia Assisted Living, located in downtown Dawsonville, is adding 12 new rooms to be able to accommodate more residents. - photo by Allie Dean

Executive Director Trisha Betlejewski has a love for North Georgia Assisted Living, and it shows.

She glows when she speaks about the residents, who she says are like extended family. She smiles when she says most of the staff has been at the facility since it opened in August 2015.

And she gushes about the company that took over the facility in October 2018, Senior Solutions.

Betlejewski worked in accounting for the facility for three years before moving onsite a year and a half ago. She was then asked by the company that purchased the facility if she would stay on after the sale was complete.

In her words, she’d have been a fool to say ‘no.’

“This company is fantastic; they’re genuine, they care about their employees and residents,” she said.

Betlejewski said she tries to keep it simple for the families by trying to keep it all inclusive for the 31 residents of the assisted living facility, with rent also covering their meals, medication management, daily housekeeping, cable and internet and activities, to name a few.

The staff provides quality care for the residents, which is key as the facility gets its residents by word of mouth.

“Our reputation, the quality of care we provide, the fact that the majority of our staff has been here since the day we opened our doors, that says a lot about us as a business," she said.

Word of mouth has worked so well for the facility in fact that Betlejewski says this is what has prompted the expansion of the new wing for North Georgia Assisted Living.

Contractors broke ground in February on the new wing, which will have 12 rooms and house up to 16 new residents.

“It’s very exciting for us as the need for assisted living in Dawsonville grows,” Betlejewski said.

If the weather cooperates, she says they are hoping to have the wing completed by the first week of July.

They will then need to bring on a few more staff members to accommodate the new residents.

They’re careful about who they hire.

“I'm very selective of who we choose to hire,” Betlejewski said. "We look for people who want to plant some roots and grow with us as a community."

Wellness Director Karen Spors, who helped open the building in 2015, said this is what sets the facility apart from others like the high expectations administrators have for the staff.

“We have high standards, we expect our girls to be on hand with the residents and take care of them the way that they’re supposed to,” she said.

The addition to the right side of the building, the side closest to Fire Station No. 1, is all the expansion the facility has planned for right now.

“The good thing about our facility being smaller is it’s not overwhelming to our residents,” Betlejewski said. “With us being a smaller community, they’re always able to find their way home.”

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Contractors broke ground in February on a new wing for North Georgia Assisted Living. - photo by Allie Dean