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 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.

Following guidelines from federal and state regulators, Hebrew SeniorLife is implementing a phased approach to reopening our campuses. Exact reopening plans vary from community to community, based on their unique needs.

While we hope that the relatively low number of COVID-19 cases that we experienced this summer in Massachusetts continues into the fall, we also know we must be prepared in case infections in the community do increase. We have reviewed lessons learned during the spring surge, along with new information about the virus that has since come to light, to further strengthen our best-in-class approach to containing and mitigating COVID-19 among our highly vulnerable population.

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.

Additional Resources

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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