Hebrew SeniorLife is actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 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.
Massachusetts is currently experiencing a second surge of COVID-19 and Hebrew SeniorLife is actively monitoring all data related to the virus. Our protocols are guided by federal and state regulations, along with lessons learned during the spring surge. We are committed to continuously strengthening our best-in-class approach to containing and mitigating COVID-19 among our highly vulnerable population.
We ask everyone in the community to help us in protecting older adults and others at risk by following all Massachusetts guidelines, which include wearing a mask, washing your hands, maintaining physical distancing, and staying home and calling your doctor if you feel sick.
We are incredibly heartened to see vaccines now becoming available for those at highest risk for COVID-19, which includes many of our patients, residents, and staff. We have been actively preparing for the arrival of vaccines and are ready to begin vaccinations as soon as we receive them, following Massachusetts’ three-phased approach for safe, equitable, and effective delivery. Vaccinations are underway at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and the exact timing of the rollout at the remaining Hebrew SeniorLife campus will vary. We are keeping patients, residents, families, and employees up to date about our plans for vaccine distribution as we receive information about the timing.
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Current Policies
Visitation policies vary community by community, following 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, including all employees, will be asked about signs and symptoms of illness and physically screened for a fever.
Significant supports and services are available for residents across all five of our senior living campuses as we continue to reinforce the state’s message that seniors are safer at home. At the same time, we are continuing to modify our operations in order to manage the risk of infection from the virus while supporting patients and residents in living their best lives.
In addition to these actions, we are continuing our already strict infection prevention and control protocols with frequent cleaning of high-touch areas and changes to our campuses to promote physical distancing. We have expanded virtual programming, video chat capabilities, and other efforts to support the physical and emotional well-being of the seniors we serve. Read more about our actions at our senior living communities and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and 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.