When Shelby was admitted to The New Jewish Home for short-stay rehabilitation after being hospitalized for COVID-19, she felt fearful and anxious. She needed extensive assistance for everything—she couldn’t even tolerate sitting in a wheelchair. By the time she was discharged, she was independent, able to care for herself and walk without any support.
Residents and patients at The New Jewish Home have always appreciated chaplaincy visits. During the pandemic, however, these visits evolved to provide deep emotional and spiritual care to meet the needs of our older adult clients. Each year, in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary, The New Jewish Home helps train chaplains by hosting students in our Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE). We are one of the few nursing homes in the country to offer training to chaplain interns, and the only one accredited in New York State by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a training site for this crucial work.Continue Reading Making Spiritual Connections During COVID-19
Larry Kelly is probably one of the best-known COVID-19 survivors in New York City. Larry, who retired a few years ago as the assistant principal of a high school in Harlem, contracted COVID-19 while performing in a dinner theater in Fair Lawn, NJ. The whole cast of the play got sick. A New York Times profile of Larry, published in July, reported on the 51 days he spent on a ventilator in a drug-induced coma, first at Mount Sinai Morningside and then at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, before he arrived at The New Jewish Home.Continue Reading What’s Next After 51 Days on a Ventilator? A Dedicated Team of Rehabilitation Therapists
Liz Weingast, Our Vice President for Clinical Excellence and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Speaks About Protecting Patients and Staff in the Age of COVID-19.Continue Reading Infection Control: Setting a High Bar
It’s been 128 days since Larry Kelly has been able to hug his wife. At one point, he was considered the sickest patient at Mount Sinai. Today, he is known as “Miracle Larry” and has been discharged from The New Jewish Home in Manhattan to return home to his family.
Read his amazing story of recovery in The New York Times.
One day in early July, Peter and Susan Day drove to Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home’s Westchester campus, to visit Peter’s mother, Virginia. It was a trip they’ve made many times before, but this time it was different: they hadn’t seen her in person in months, and she had been very ill with COVID-19. Though they had video and phone chats with Virginia since she’s recovered, it was hard not to see her in person.Continue Reading Reuniting Families, at a Safe Distance
Dr. Ruth Spinner, our Manhattan medical director, has been expertly leading The New Jewish Home’s system-wide response to the devastating pandemic since February, tracking the disease in Asia before we experienced any cases of COVID-19 at our facilities. She continues to skillfully guide our COVID-19 tasks force, which brings senior leaders, clinicians and administrators across our system together on a daily call where they proactively plan and solve problems, discuss best practices and analyze the latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Though the worst of the pandemic is now hopefully behind us, Dr. Spinner continues to lead with candor and motivation to provide our clients with outstanding clinical care. We asked Dr. Spinner a few questions about her experience and what sets The New Jewish Home apart.Continue Reading How We’re Tackling COVID-19: A Conversation With Our Manhattan Medical Director
Laura Stein, Cantor and Hospice Chaplain at Sarah Neuman, our Westchester campus, wrote this beautiful piece that was featured in reformjudaism.org about her experience and efforts to uplift and connect Sarah Neuman residents during this challenging time.Continue Reading The Power of Shabbat, Even Over the Loudspeaker
Mitali Vyas relishes her role as Rehabilitation Manager for The New Jewish Home’s Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA). The Program helps ensure that older adults living in their own homes receive the support they need to remain healthy, safe and comfortable. The New Jewish Home’s CHHA provides physical, speech and occupational therapy, social work and nutrition counseling. Clients also receive home health aide services through the CHHA.Continue Reading Rehabilitation Manager Helps Amputee COVID-19 Patient Regain His Life