Orchard Cove and Hebrew SeniorLife are actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and are proactively doing whatever it takes to keep our entire community as safe as possible. This includes relying on the expertise of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Infection Control team and being in continual contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Town of Canton.
As of June 2, there have been:
- Four confirmed cases among independent living residents and one of these residents has died.
- Five cases among enhanced living residents and one of these residents has died.
- 20 cases among skilled nursing residents and five of these residents have died.
We are saddened by the losses and send our deepest sympathies to the families of those who passed away, and our thoughts are with those who are ill. We can also report that 19 residents have recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Orchard Cove since May 13. We will update our case reporting every Tuesday.
All residents are self-sheltering in their apartments, with significant support and services being provided directly to them. This includes efforts to reduce the social isolation that they, like all Americans, are experiencing at this time. These difficult but necessary mitigation strategies give us the ability to quickly identify and contain any new individual infections, and prevent wider outbreaks.
Resident Services and Operations
Residents should not leave their apartment unless they have an essential off-site medical appointment (such as dialysis) or another critical reason that should be discussed with management prior to leaving the community.
The no visitor policy put into effect on March 13 continues. The only people allowed in resident homes are those who are providing direct, hands-on care.
Family members who would like to drop off packages or groceries may do so at the Front Desk only. We ask that family members limit from balcony or window visits with their loved ones to 4:00 p.m. or later on weekends, when fewer people are outside on the grounds and proper social distancing can be maintained.
Residents may walk on campus outside. While outside their apartments residents must wear a mask at all times, remain at least 10 feet from others, and wash their hands thoroughly immediately before leaving from and after returning to their apartments. Residents should walk before 4:00 p.m. on weekends to allow families to stop by during that time.
Dog owners should exit the building from the Front Desk to walk their dogs, and check in as they return.
We recognize that it has been difficult for our residents to remain in their apartments without the routines and social interactions they are accustomed to. We are making every effort to continue offering opportunities for physical activity and intellectual engagement. This includes increased programming on our in-house TV channel, such as religious services, fitness classes, meditation, entertainment, and other enrichment options. Interactive lectures and discussions are being conducted via Zoom conference and video calling.
- All mail is disinfected and delivered to resident homes, and outgoing mail is picked up at the same time.
- Trash is picked up outside resident doors on an established schedule. If a resident has an urgent need at another time, they should call the Front Desk.
- Residents who need support to procure medication should call the Clinic at 781-821-3210.
- The Corner Store is closed and offers deliveries only. Those who wish to purchase something can place their grocery ordering sheet in the mailbox next to their door by 4:00 p.m. for delivery within the next 24 hours, if possible.
- Care packages are delivered every Wednesday. They contain weekly items intended to complement the lunches and dinners that are delivered daily.