COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance

Hebrew SeniorLife is focused on reducing risk for our patients, residents, and staff.

Hebrew SeniorLife is actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. As always, our number one priority is protecting our patients, residents, and staff. This page will be kept updated with the newest information for the seniors we serve, their families, and their loved ones.

COVID-19 is present on some of our campuses and we are working directly with the families of those who are impacted to keep them up to date about their loved one's condition. Hebrew SeniorLife's occupational health team is also closely monitoring employees who have tested positive for the virus. Our hearts are with the seniors, families, and employees who are being affected by COVID-19.

For location-specific information, please view the following COVID-19 guidance pages: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (Boston and Dedham), NewBridge on the Charles, NewBridge Assisted Living, Orchard Cove, Center Communities of Brookline, Jack Satter House, Simon C. Fireman Community.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Current Policies

We are currently restricting visitors to all of our campuses, which includes, but is not limited to, family members and non-approved private duty aides.

Anyone entering our campuses, including all employees, will be asked about signs and symptoms of illness and physically screened for a fever of 100.4o Fahrenheit.

As of April 3, 2020, we have implemented a self-shelter at home directive across all five of our senior living campuses. Significant supports and services are available for residents throughout the shelter at home period. Employees and volunteers are delivering meals, making daily wellness calls, organizing programs by phone and in-house television, packaging and delivering groceries, sorting mail, coordinating laundry, picking up essential supplies, dog walking, and more.

In addition to these actions, we’ve bolstered our already strict infection prevention and control protocols with increased cleaning of high-touch areas, cancellation of self-serve and many communal dining options, and cessation of group programming. We are actively expanding virtual programming, video chat capabilities, and other efforts to fight social isolation in the seniors we serve.

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.

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How You Can Help

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Donate to our COVID-19 Senior Response Fund

This health care crisis is putting our most vulnerable seniors at risk. Gifts to HSL’s COVID-19 Senior Response Fund will provide funding to purchase personal protective equipment, increase staffing, do food deliveries, and expand technology to help patients and residents ward off social isolation. Please give today to meet an urgent and growing need.

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Send Cards and Pictures

We’re doing everything we can to help our patients and residents fight off feelings of isolation while visitation is suspended at our campuses. We invite children to send letters, cards, and drawings that we’ll distribute to show patients and residents that we’re thinking of them. Please send these items to Lynda Bussgang, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026.

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Encourage Our Employees

Our incredible team is working around the clock to support patients and residents through this crisis. The work is harder than ever, but HSL employees are meeting the challenge – and then some. Keep their spirits up by making posters with words of encouragement. Please send them to Lynda Bussgang, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026.