THE NEW JEWISH HOME RESPONDS TO COVID-19

The New Jewish Home is closely and continuously monitoring all matters related to COVID-19 and is taking important precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and our staff. Since we serve a frail and vulnerable population of older adults, we are stepping up our infection control precautions and are closely monitoring and adhering to guidelines set forth by NYS Department of Health and the CDC.

Please be assured that our team continues to update our care and procedures in response to this evolving situation.

Covid-19 Vaccines

THE COVID-19 VACCINE IS HERE!

We are currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to our staff and residents. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

 

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WHAT STEPS IS THE NEW JEWISH HOME TAKING AT ITS FACILITIES?

As a health care system proudly serving our community since 1848, it is our duty to do everything in our power to protect those in our care. The New Jewish Home is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all staff as a condition of employment. By October 8, 2021 all current Jewish Home staff must have received a complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine (subject to certain limited legal exemptions). We believe that our staff vaccine requirement is an important step we must take to safeguard our clients, our community and our entire Jewish Home team.

Additionally, please find below our pandemic plans for our Manhattan and Westchester facilities.

Interdisciplinary Task Force

  • Led by our Medical Director and Infection Preventionist, our interdisciplinary team (administrators, senior leadership, clinical leads, communications, and IT departments) meet daily to discuss updates and plan for the next steps.

  • We are in constant communication with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to receive, evaluate and implement the latest guidance.

Patient Monitoring

  • Our clinicians are vigilantly monitoring patient health. We are following strict DOH guidelines for the management of all respiratory infections, including when to test for viruses and when to consider testing for COVID-19.

  • Our staff has been trained to identify any patients or residents who might be at risk of COVID-19 and are well-prepared to institute precautions for these patients or residents if the need arises.

Facility Maintenance

  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning on high-touch surfaces and high trafficked public areas with hospital-grade bleach disinfectant. This is done daily, and in many areas, multiple times a day.

UPDATES

In order to limit the chance of exposing our patients and residents to potential COVID-19 in the community, we have updated the following policies.

Visitation

Manhattan Skilled Nursing Facility (effective July 29, 2021)

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, NYS Department of Health has required us to limit the frequency, duration, and types of visits. The most up to date visitation information for the Manhattan Campus can be found on our visitation scheduling portal: jewishhome.timetap.com. Please note, we often cannot accommodate unscheduled visits.
  • At times, visits must be conducted outdoors or entirely in a patient’s room with visitors wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include masks, gowns, face covering, and gloves.
  • We look forward to welcoming visitors whenever possible and helping our residents and patients stay connected to their loved ones.

Westchester Skilled Nursing Facility (effective July 22, 2021)

  • Indoor visitation for all units are open for indoor visitation. 
  • While scheduled appointments are no longer required, visitors must follow the following guidelines for indoor visitation.  
  • Visits will last up to one hour and there is a two-person limit per visit. Families are asked to stagger their visits, as they may not enter if the resident/patient already has visitors.
  • Visitors are required to sign in and out, complete a screening questionnaire and pass a temperature check to enter. Visitors will be provided a one-hour visitor pass, which must be worn at all times and returned to security at the end of the visit.
  • Core safety practices will be strictly enforced: wearing a mask at all times, maintaining safe social distancing of six feet or more (unless the resident or patient is fully vaccinated—then physical contact with visitors is permitted), and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Families and loved ones are strongly encouraged to visit in the garden to help minimize the spread of infection. Visits may take place in the designated visiting areas on the units (dining rooms, day rooms, private rooms) and in the winter garden. Special accommodations will be made for residents who are unable to leave their rooms and visits may take place when the roommate is not present.
  • Laundry, food, packages and other items must be brought to the security desk.
  • If visitors are not feeling well, we ask that they postpone their visit until they feel better.

University Avenue Assisted Living (ALP)

  • We are open for in-person visitation.
  • Please reach out to Stephanie Davila to schedule a visit at sdavila@jewishhome.org or (347) 418-4263. If you are unable to reach Stephanie, please call (347) 418-4260 and a member of our administrative team will be happy to assist you in scheduling your visit.

Manhattan Campus

The health and safety of our residents, patients, and staff remain our priority. We are following the guidance provided by the NYS Department of Health and the CDC.

If you have questions, please contact our designated “WeCare” line at (212) 870-7570 or email us at wecare@jewishhome.org. We will respond to your inquiry between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and we encourage you to reach out during these hours unless there is an emergent need.

Westchester Campus

The health and safety of our residents, patients and staff remain our priority. We are following the guidance provided by the NYS Department of Health and the CDC.

If you have questions, please contact our designated “WeCare” line at (646) 293-3344 or email us at wecareSRN@jewishhome.org or (646) 293-3344 

Kittay Senior Apartments

We are open for in-person visitation. All visitors will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire as well as a temperature check.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at 718-410-1415.

Manhattan and Bronx Adult Day Health Care Programs

Our Adult Day Health Care Program in Manhattan is OPEN! Please contact Annette Candelaria, Community Relations/Patient Care Liaison at (646) 276-5910 to learn more. You can also reach us  at AdultDayHealthCare@jewishhome.org.

How to Update Family Contact Information

If you are not receiving email updates from The New Jewish Home and would like to, please contact your Director of Social Work. For Manhattan, please contact Meg Bondy: 212-870-4939; mbondy@jewishhome.org. For Westchester, please contact Cristina Giarratano: 914-864-5660; cgiarratano@jewishhome.org.

GENERAL FLU-PREVENTION MEASURES

We encourage everyone to practice general flu prevention measures as recommended by the CDC which are the exact same measures that will help us prevent COVID-19 illness:

  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick; call your doctor immediately to report your symptoms and travel history;

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve; throw the tissue away immediately;

  • Wash your hands regularly;

  • Avoid touching your face;

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and

  • Get your flu shot, if you haven’t already received it.

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