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 January 12, 2022)

In-person visitation is suspended at this time, as per the NYS Department of Health.

Under the current guidelines, end-of-life and compassionate care visits are permissible at this time. Families whose loved ones are nearing end of life will be informed by a member of the medical staff and permitted visitation at any time. Compassionate care visit requests require prior approval and scheduling. Requests should be made via wecare@jewishhome.org.

Westchester Skilled Nursing Facility
(updated January 13, 2022)

The New York State Department of Health updated its visitation requirements and starting Monday, January 17, all visitors will be required to show proof of a negative test to enter our facility for visitation.  All visitors must show proof of a negative antigen (rapid) test done one day prior to visitation or a PCR test done within 2 days prior to visitation. This means, for example that a test for a Sunday visit should be conducted no earlier than Saturday, if it is a rapid test, or Friday if it’s a PCR test. If you visit daily or multiple days, proof of negative testing is required at least every three days (e.g., Day 1, Day 4, Day 7 and so on.)

At this time, we recommend families to postpone visiting and forgo taking loved ones out on day and overnight passes. Given the continuous rise in cases throughout our community, we believe limiting visitation and trips will help protect everyone at our facility.

If you still decide to visit your loved one, please carefully adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Per above, as of January 17, all visitors must show proof of a negative antigen (rapid) test done one day prior to visitation or a PCR test done within 2 days prior to visitation.
  • Only one (1) person will be permitted to visit a resident at each time. Please be sure to coordinate your visit with other family members/friends, so you can adhere to this requirement. You are not required to schedule a visit.
  • All visits must take place in the resident’s room.
  • You must complete a screening to enter the facility.
  • You must wear face coverings or masks and practice social distancing, at all times.
  • If you have not already received a booster and are eligible to receive it, you are strongly urged to get the booster prior to your visit.
  • Please do not visit if you are feeling ill.

If you still decide to take your loved one out of our facility during the day or overnight, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Follow all infection control protocols.
  • Ensure that your loved one is masked at all times and practices social distancing.
  • Do not take your loved one to large gatherings.
  • Please note that if you take your loved one out overnight, we may require that they quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. As the situation changes, we will update our guidelines and recommendations, and as always, we will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

University Avenue Assisted Living (ALP)

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

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

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of resources that we hope you will find helpful during this time.

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