Senior Living Communities - COVID-19 Update

Learn about our actions to reduce risk for residents, families, and staff.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities have been actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic since February 2020, proactively doing whatever it takes to keep our communities as safe as possible. This includes relying on the expertise of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Infection Control team and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. In many cases, our communities went beyond official guidance, and took actions we believed would best protect our residents.

We are grateful to the residents of our communities and their families for being excellent partners in our efforts to protect residents and staff during the pandemic.

Following Federal, State, and Local Trends

Hebrew SeniorLife’s operational plans are consistent with the state’s guidelines, with a phased approach that is modified to reflect the vulnerability of the population we serve. 

We pay special attention to the level of COVID-19 activity in the cities and towns where our sites are located, and where many of our staff live. Based on lessons learned during the spring surge, we will modify our operations should the data and our experience in the communities tell us that changes are necessary. We communicate frequently with residents and their families to share updates and listen to feedback.

Testing and Vaccines

We are conducting weekly surveillance testing for all residents at each of our independent living communities through a pooled testing program, which is an efficient and cost-effective system that allows our laboratory partner to process COVID-19 tests in batches. If any batch turns up a positive test, we can quickly follow up with those residents to retest them individually and identify the positive case.

We are incredibly excited that vaccination through the federal pharmacy partnership program is underway for residents and staff at Hebrew SeniorLife's senior living communities, in accordance with Massachusetts' phased approach for vaccinating those at highest risk. All campuses have held at least one on-site vaccine clinic, and as of February 11, 2021, at least 90% of residents have been vaccinated with the first dose. Residents and their families are receiving communication directly from campus leadership about vaccination dates and any actions they should take.

Programming and Community Operations

Programming, activities, and amenities like fitness centers are open in each community, with modifications made as necessary to account for physical distancing and other guidelines. We maintain a robust calendar of in-person and virtual events on each campus, designed to promote community and allow residents to explore their personal interests. Specific visitation policies vary based on the needs of each community; please contact each community directly for the latest guidance. Every decision about our operations is based on balancing residents’ quality of life with preserving the health and safety of the community at large.

All residents, employees, and visitors are asked to adhere to the following key fundamentals:

  • When choosing an activity, consider the welfare of the community. Each individual has a responsibility to keep the community safe.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • Wear a mask or face covering. 
  • Stay at least six feet from others, even when wearing a mask.
  • Self-monitor and let management know if you are experiencing any concerning symptoms, e.g. shortness of breath, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, or new loss of taste or smell. Visitors must not come on campus if they are experiencing any signs of illness.

Transparency in Reporting

We remain committed to transparency in reporting any cases of COVID-19 among residents of our communities. All numbers below are as of March 2, 2021, with totals since the beginning of the pandemic. We update our reporting every Tuesday.

There have been seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 among independent living residents at NewBridge on the Charles, and all seven residents have recovered. 

There have been nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents at NewBridge on the Charles Assisted Living, and sadly, three of those residents died. We send our deepest sympathies to those residents' families. We can also report that six residents have recovered.

At Orchard Cove there have been: 

  • Four confirmed cases among independent living residents and one of these residents died.
  • 12 cases among enhanced living residents and four of these residents died. 
  • 27 cases among skilled nursing residents and six of these residents died.

We are saddened by the losses and send our deepest sympathies to the families of those who passed away. We can also report that 32 residents have recovered.

There have been 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Center Communities of Brookline: 32 at 100 Centre Street, nine at 112 Centre Street, and eight at 1550 Beacon Street. Sadly, six residents passed away. We send our deepest sympathies to the residents' families. We can also report that 43 residents have recovered.

There have been 38 cases of COVID-19 among Jack Satter House residents. Of those residents, 11 sadly passed away. We send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones and families. We can also report that 24 residents recovered.

There have been nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents at Simon C. Fireman Community and sadly, three of these residents died. We send our deepest sympathies to the residents' families. We can also report that six residents recovered.

A NewBridge couple shares information on how to protect yourself during the pandemic.

A Message to Residents

As Hebrew SeniorLife communities begin to slowly and safely reopen, it is critical that all residents remain vigilant with proper infection control and safety measures. NewBridge on the Charles residents Mike Ross, M.D. and his wife Benita have steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their communities.