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 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.
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 November 24, 2020. 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 have been no new confirmed cases since April 20.
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 two residents have recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases since November 17.
At Orchard Cove there have been:
- Four confirmed cases among independent living residents and one of these residents died.
- Six cases among enhanced living residents and two 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. We can also report that 22 residents recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases since October 7.
There have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Center Communities of Brookline: four at 100 Centre Street, three at 112 Centre Street, and five at 1550 Beacon Street. Sadly, two residents passed away. We send our deepest sympathies to the residents' families. We can also report that eight residents have recovered. There have been no confirmed cases since November 18.
There were 28 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. We can also report that 17 residents recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases since September 10.
There have been five 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 one resident has recovered. There have been no new confirmed cases since November 11.