Update from the President and CEO – June 18, 2020

I hope that you have been enjoying the beautiful weather this past week! As the Finger Lakes Region enters into Phase 3 of re-opening, I am sure everyone is looking forward to more opportunities for safe social interactions. We are still waiting for guidance from the New York State Department of Health on when some of the visitation restrictions can be loosened. We know these have been challenging and frustrating times for families who have struggled with the directive on visitation. Thank you for not only your patience but also your support, prayers and kind words for our “everyday Jewish Senior Life heroes.” Our staff is in a constant battle to keep the virus away from our residents. 

Here is the latest news on COVID-19 at Jewish Senior Life and our ongoing plans to keep our 600 residents and 1,000 employees safe and healthy.

  • Visitation continues to be restricted at the Jewish Home and Wolk Manor, per New York State directives.
  • Screening of staff continues every day, every shift including temperature checks and questions about respiratory symptoms.
  • All staff are required to wear both a surgical mask and face shield when within six feet of a resident or each other.
  • Our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now at a minimum of 60 days in inventory. We are monitoring inventory levels daily to ensure we always have more than an adequate supply.
  • Back in early April, there was a shortage of disposable isolation gowns. Vendors could not supply them timely or were charging outrageous prices.Through an employee contact here at Jewish Senior Life, we made a connection with an Amish community near Pike, NY. We engaged the community (over 20 Amish doing the sewing) to make us reusable hospital isolation gowns – ones we can wash and reuse. They made us over 1,600 gowns at reasonable prices. So, we now have several month’s supply. We also connected them with several other not-for-profit homes in Rochester who also were in dire need of gowns. The pandemic has brought out the innovation and creativity that we always have at Jewish Senior Life!
  • We continue with our required COVID testing of staff one time per week. Over 2,000 tests have been performed with two employees testing positive. This is an unfunded mandate from New York State that is currently costing Jewish Senior Life approximately $80,000 per week.
  • The New York State Department of Health has been on site at the Jewish Home and Wolk Manor for unannounced Infection Control Surveys. Procedures, policies and PPE protocols were audited. Both the Jewish Home and Wolk Manor did extremely well regarding the survey results. 
  • With the nice weather, we now have opened up outdoor connections for our residents and families for visitation (see photos below). This is in addition to the face timing, Skype, window visits and phone calls we have been doing over the last few months. We understand the frustration and sadness our families have with not being able to see their loved ones. We continue to place high emphasis on scheduling all the visits we can. An exciting Father’s Day event is planned for both the Jewish Home and Summit. Hope to see many of you there!

Thanks to good luck, a great leadership team, prayers and a phenomenal staff we currently have just one resident COVID positive on our campus. Over the past three months we discharged three other COVID positive patients to home.

Thank you for your continued support of Jewish Senior Life.  If you have any questions, please email covidquestions@jewishseniorlife.org 

We are all in this together!

Michael S. King
President and CEO

Outdoor Family Visits with Social Distancing

Retired Army Major Steve McAlpin, 26 years of service, came to our campus to salute our Health Care Heroes and our resident Veterans.

Window Visits






Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Jewish Senior Life is committed to the care and safety of our residents and employees during this challenging time. We continue to follow the guidance and directives from federal, state and local agencies, and will keep residents and their families informed and updated. Family conference calls continue with Michele Schirano RN, Senior Vice President & Administrator of the Jewish Home; Susan Bussey, Senior Vice President of Housing; and Marie Aydelotte MD, Medical Director.

Any questions, please email our COVID-19 dedicated email at: covidquestions@jewishseniorlife.org.

Precautions/Infection Control

A number of measures have been put in place to protect our residents and staff:

  • Visitations continue to be restricted across our campus.
  • All employees are screened upon arrival every day, for every shift. This includes taking temperatures and screening for signs of respiratory illness.
  • All employees must wear masks and any employee within 6 feet of residents must wear protective face shields.
  • Infection prevention and control procedures are in place. This includes handwashing and wearing of gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE), of which there is sufficient inventory. Social distancing of at least six feet is monitored and strictly enforced.
  • Our SteraMist® disinfecting equipment has been deployed across campus. It is proven effective in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
  • Help on Demand (HOD) training for non-clinical staff has been conducted. In anticipation any of potential clinical staffing challenges, they will be able to assist with meals, cleaning, stocking supplies, transport, and other duties.

Resident Engagement

Jewish Senior Life’s Recreational Therapy team is incredibly dedicated to keeping residents active, engaged and connected with loved ones. Activities include:

  • One-on-one staff visits including playing cards, games and reading stories
  • Hallway Bingo
  • Travelling “Art Cart”
  • Travelling Happy Hour and snack carts
  • Virtual events including Passover Seder
  • Entertainment programming on internal TVs including religious services, live music, exercise and more
  • Family window visits
  • Family video visits
  • We encourage families to send pictures or videos to their loved ones:


We encourage you to follow us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jewishseniorlife/ to see photos and videos of what’s happening here on campus. The Jewish Senior Life family greatly appreciates your support as work together to keep our residents safe, comfortable, and engaged. Thank you.