Hebrew SeniorLife is actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. As always, our number one priority is protecting our patients, residents, and staff while maximizing their quality of life. This page is kept updated with the newest information for the seniors we serve, their families, and their loved ones.
Hebrew SeniorLife is actively monitoring all data related to the virus, including positivity rates in the communities where we operate and progress on vaccination efforts. Our protocols are guided by federal and state regulations, along with lessons learned from a year of battling this virus. We are committed to continuously strengthening our best-in-class approach to containing and mitigating COVID-19 among our highly vulnerable population.
We’re incredibly grateful that COVID-19 vaccination through the federal pharmacy partnership program and our own in-house vaccination teams is complete for patients, residents, and staff at all of our health care sites and senior living communities. Close to 100% of Hebrew SeniorLife patients and residents are vaccinated, and about 70& of staff are vaccinated. Staff vaccination rates include full time, part time, and all per diem staff.
To achieve our goal of 100% vaccination, we’re executing a very active in-house program to vaccinate all new staff hires, staff who may be hesitating, and new patients and residents actively moving into our communities. We urge all Massachusetts residents to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, especially those who plan to visit seniors living in congregate care settings.
We also ask all residents to help us protect older adults and others at risk by following all CDC and Massachusetts guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Current Policies
All our campuses are open for visitation, although specific policies vary community by community. We base our policies on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Hebrew SeniorLife’s in-house infection control team.
Anyone entering our campuses, no matter their vaccination status, including all employees, is screened for illness and a fever.
With high vaccination rates on our campuses, we are now focused on envisioning what life looks like after COVID-19. This includes reintroducing programming and activities, welcoming residents and patients to gather in shared spaces, and changing guidelines for in-person visitation.
We remain vigilant because even one case of a COVID-19 infection among a staff member, patient, or resident causes us to initiate a vigorous infection control review which often leads to contact tracing, testing of all staff and patients, closing the affected area to visitation, and implementing strong infection control practices to stop any further spread. Read more about our actions at our senior living communities and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.
We deeply appreciate your partnership in keeping our patients, residents, and employees safe.
Senior care organizations can find downloadable protocols, policies, and tools on our COVID-19 Resources for Senior Care Organizations page.