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
(updated March 18, 2022)

While mask mandates have been lifted in certain settings, please note that masking is still required at our facility. Please carefully read the following guidelines for in-person visitation:

  • As required by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), to enter our facility, all visitors must complete the screening questionnaire AND show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (regardless of age) to security as follows:
    •  Antigen (rapid) tests must be performed on the day of the visit or the day before (e.g., if you plan to visit on Friday, the antigen test should be performed on Thursday or Friday).
    • PCR tests must be performed on the day of the visit, the day before the visit, or two (2) days before the visit (e.g., if you plan to visit on Friday, the PCR test should be performed on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday).
    • If you do not have test results available upon your arrival, please ask Security for a rapid test and instructions.
    •  If a visitor has had COVID in the past 90 days, they must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.
    • Visitors who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 should wait 10 days from the date of their positive test or when their symptoms start before entering.
    • Visitors who are not “up to date” with their vaccines, and who were recently exposed to COVID-19, should wait 10 days after their exposure before entering.
    •  For visitors who visit their loved ones daily or multiple days a week, proof of negative testing is required at a minimum on every third day (a negative test result is required on day 1, day 4, day 7, and so on).
  • As per NYS DOH guidelines, all visitors must wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or a mask of higher quality (i.e., surgical mask, KN95 or N95) at all times at the facility. If the visitor wishes, a cloth mask may be placed over the paper mask. The masks must cover both the nose and the mouth. We offer KN95 masks at the security desk.
  • Visitors must physically distance from facility staff and other patients/residents/visitors who are not directly associated with the specific resident(s) being visited by that individual.
  • Visitation is strictly restricted to resident rooms only for residents on quarantine or contact precautions.
  • Outdoor visitation is preferred if the resident and/or visitor is not up to date on all COVID-19 vaccine doses.
  • If the residents and/or visitor is not up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, please be advised of the risk of physical contact.
  • Showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is not required for imminent end of life visits.

Westchester Skilled Nursing Facility
(updated October 7, 2022)

While mask mandates have been lifted in certain settings, please note that masking is still required at our facility. Please carefully read the following guidelines for in-person visitation:

  • As required by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), to enter our facility, all visitors must complete the screening questionnaire AND show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (regardless of age) to security as follows:
    •  Antigen (rapid) tests must be performed on the day of the visit or the day before (e.g., if you plan to visit on Friday, the antigen test should be performed on Thursday or Friday).
    • PCR tests must be performed on the day of the visit, the day before the visit, or two (2) days before the visit (e.g., if you plan to visit on Friday, the PCR test should be performed on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday).
    • If you do not have test results available upon your arrival, please ask Security for a rapid test and instructions.
    •  If a visitor has had COVID in the past 90 days, they must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.
    • Visitors who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 should wait 10 days from the date of their positive test or when their symptoms start before entering.
    • Visitors who are not “up to date” with their vaccines, and who were recently exposed to COVID-19, should wait 10 days after their exposure before entering.
    •  For visitors who visit their loved ones daily or multiple days a week, proof of negative testing is required at a minimum on every third day (a negative test result is required on day 1, day 4, day 7, and so on).
  • As per NYS DOH guidelines, all visitors must wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or a mask of higher quality (i.e., surgical mask, KN95 or N95) at all times at the facility. If the visitor wishes, a cloth mask may be placed over the paper mask. The masks must cover both the nose and the mouth. We offer KN95 masks at the security desk.
  • Visitors must physically distance from facility staff and other patients/residents/visitors who are not directly associated with the specific resident(s) being visited by that individual.
  • Visitation is strictly restricted to resident rooms only for residents on quarantine or contact precautions.
  • Outdoor visitation is preferred if the resident and/or visitor is not up to date on all COVID-19 vaccine doses.
  • If the residents and/or visitor is not up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, please be advised of the risk of physical contact.
  • Showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is not required for imminent end of life visits.

 

University Avenue Assisted Living (ALP)
(updated March 18, 2022)

  • Visitors are no longer required to schedule visits in advance.

  •  All residents and visitors should wear face coverings or masks and physically distance, particularly if either is at increased risk for severe disease or are unvaccinated.

  • If the resident (or family member or other individual associated with the resident) reports a possible close contact to an individual with COVID-19 while outside of the ALP, and the resident is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, the resident will be placed on quarantine. If the resident becomes symptomatic for COVID-19, the resident will be placed on transmission-based precautions regardless of vaccination status.

  • Residents who leave the ALP for 24 hours must be tested twice for COVID-19 upon their return: our nurse will provide rapid COVID-19 tests on the day they return and again after five days.

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.

A LIST OF USEFUL RESOURCES AND LINKS

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