Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities have been actively responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic since late February, 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 respecting the restrictions put in place during the height of Massachusetts’ surge in cases.
As Massachusetts works to resume some level of new normalcy, we are planning to safely and cautiously reopen our communities while reinforcing the state’s message that seniors are safer at home.
Following Federal, State, and Local Trends
Hebrew SeniorLife’s reopening plans will be consistent with the state’s reopening plans and guidelines, with a phased approach that is modified to reflect the vulnerability of the population we serve. This means that we will, at times, intentionally lag behind the state’s reopening schedule.
We will 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. Consistent with the state plan, we will modify our operations should there be any new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of our communities.
Exact reopening plans and dates will vary for each campus, based on the unique nature of our different communities. Residents and their families are receiving frequent communications as operations change and restrictions are lifted.
In order for us to safely and successfully reopen, all residents, employees, and future visitors are asked to adhere to the following key fundamentals:
- 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.
Early openings will focus on using outdoor space, limiting close physical interactions between residents and staff, minimizing congregating in common areas, continuing to limit trips off-campus, and using private caregivers for essential services only. Throughout the reopening process, we will balance the impact of activities on residents’ quality of life with preserving the health and safety of the community at large.
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 June 30. We update our reporting every Tuesday.
There was one confirmed case of COVID-19 among independent living residents at NewBridge on the Charles, and that resident has since recovered. There are no new confirmed cases since April 20.
There were five 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 two residents have recovered. There are no new confirmed cases since April 24.
At Orchard Cove there were:
- Four confirmed cases among independent living residents and one of these residents died.
- Five cases among enhanced living residents and one of these residents died.
- 20 cases among skilled nursing residents and five of these residents 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 21 residents recovered. There are no new confirmed cases since May 13.
There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Center Communities of Brookline, three at 100 Centre Street and one at 112 Centre Street. Sadly, one resident passed away. We send our deepest sympathies to the resident's family, and our thoughts are with those who are ill. There are no confirmed cases since June 22.
There have been 26 cases of COVID-19 among Jack Satter House residents, the vast majority of which occurred before April 3, shortly after the City of Revere directed all Jack Satter House residents to quarantine in their apartments. Of those residents, 11 sadly passed away. We send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones and families, and our thoughts are with those who are ill. We can also report that 13 residents recovered. There are no new confirmed cases since June 27, when all residents were offered testing as part of our proactive prevention and mitigation strategies.
There were three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents at Simon C. Fireman Community and sadly, two of these residents died. We send our deepest sympathies to the residents' families. We can also report that the third resident recovered. There are no new confirmed cases since April 21.