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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 31, 2020

Dear Jewish Senior Life Community:

On behalf of Jewish Senior Life, we want to thank everyone for your support and continued cooperation during these very challenging times. We remain closed to visitors based upon the Federal/State guidelines.  We will continue to deliver packages that are dropped off for your loved ones at our front desks. Our clinical teams, composed of both medical and nursing, continue to monitor our residents for any respiratory and flu-like symptoms.

Many of our families have taken advantage of our outstanding technology and are now “Face Timing” and/or “Skyping” with their loved ones. We are streaming entertainment, movies, music, and exercise classes on our dedicated JSL channels to everyone.

Our infection control practices across the campus are now exceeding the guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health for COVID-19. For example:

  • We have an ultraviolet disinfecting machine, the same as many hospitals use, to help eradicate and enhance our infection control practices.  Any area deemed useful, we disinfect with the Rapid Disinfecting Unit (also known as R-D), which is now programmed to help us with the fight against COVID-19.
  • JSL recently purchased a SteriMist Surface Unit to aid in general disinfecting procedures as well as fight against COVID-19.  This system is the ultimate tool in disinfecting any space.  It will allow us to disinfect all types of surfaces – including high touch, sensitive equipment and electronics.
  • Dedicated staff are now disinfecting “high touch” areas every day around our campus.
  • Our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is adequate.  We now have all staff across JSL wearing masks while at work.
  • Free meals continue for all our staff.  We just rolled out last week a “Weekly Food Pantry” for all employees.  Free items are given out every Tuesday.

We, at Jewish Senior Life, continue the fight to ensure the safety and well-being of those entrusted in our care.

Memo to Jewish Senior Life Community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 26, 2020

Memo sent to Jewish Home Families and Friends from Marie Aydelotte, MD Medical Director and  Michele Schirano, Administrator

Re: Visitation at the Jewish Home

Due to our extreme concern about the Covid-19 virus spread in our community, we are placing further limits on family visits to residents at the Jewish Home. Please be aware that EVERY VISIT from a community individual significantly increases the risk of our frail residents contracting the virus.

As you are aware, we already have some visitor restrictions in place. As of March 26, family members of hospice patients will ONLY be allowed to visit on Wednesdays between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. One visitor will be allowed at a time, and we ask you to restrict to no more than two hours per visit. Your name must be on an approved visitor list to enter the facility.

All visitors must wear a mask (available at concierge desk), and may visit with their loved one ONLY in the resident’s room.

We sincerely regret having to make this decision. We are doing our utmost to keep all Jewish Home visits as safe as possible during this difficult time.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

Memo to Jewish Home Families and Friends

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 25, 2020

We know that many of you have questions about COVID-19 and its impact its having for your loved one and Jewish Senior Life. On March 24, 2020, we held informational conference calls to provide you with up-to-date information and answer your questions.

There were two sessions, one for our Jewish Home families and one for our Summit at Brighton/Wolk Manor families. The calls were hosted by Michele Schirano, Administrator, Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Chief Medical Officer and Susan Bussey, Vice President Housing. 

Hear audio recording of our informational sessions here:

Jewish Senior Life Informational Session – Jewish Home Families

Jewish Senior Life Informational Session – Summit/Wolk Families

(Please note there is a brief period of silence at the beginning of the calls.)

We will continue to keep you informed as more developments occur. If at any time you have questions, you can email

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 23, 2020

Memo sent to all Jewish Senior Life families, from Michele Schirano, RN, Administrator, Susan Bussey, Senior Vice President of Housing, Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Chief Medical Officer

Our first positive case of COVID-19 has been identified with a patient on our short-term rehabilitation floor. The patient was admitted into a private room and put on isolation precautions, which are protocols we have enacted. This means that all new admissions on our campus are treated as if they are on isolation. Staff must wear personal protective equipment when entering the room of a new admission and meals are delivered to the private room as well.

We have notified public health officials and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to control the spread. We want to assure everyone we are in control of the situation.

We know that you may have questions so we have scheduled an informational call-in where we will be providing an update and answering questions. All listeners will be muted during the duration of the call. You must email your questions in advance to

Information call schedule:
Jewish Home families – Tuesday, March 24th, 1:00-1:45 p.m. The phone number for the conference call is 1-415-655-0001. When prompted, enter meeting number 613 812 226#.

Summit/Wolk families and residents – Tuesday, March 24th, 2:00-2:45 p.m. The phone number for the conference call is 1-415-655-0001. When prompted, enter meeting number 617 925 278#.

We will continue to keep you informed as more developments occur.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 19, 2020


This communication was developed to keep our residents, staff, families, and other key stakeholders up to date on our progress preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Jewish Senior Life.

As of today’s date, we have no known cases of the virus within our organization and we are taking every precaution to prevent it from spreading here. We have tightened our screening and visitation policies across our campus.

  • No outside visitors will be allowed in any of our buildings including family members. Exceptions may be requested for an end-of-life situation.
  • All outside events for residents in the community are cancelled.
  • External medical appointments for residents are not permitted, unless deemed critically necessary.
  • All staff entering any campus building will be required to participate in a temperature screening.
  • We have secured all exterior doors across our campus and designated a single point of entry to each building.
  • Our Medical Adult Day Program, Marian’s House and Outpatient Rehabilitation are closed.
  • Per best practices, we are instituting restrictions on congregate dining, where feasible. We have implemented room service at The Summit at Brighton. All Wolk Manor residents will dine in their apartment, except those needing assistance.
  • We are working rapidly to set up FaceTime or Skype for families to schedule virtual visits with their loved ones.
  • Virtual intergenerational programs are being planned along with streaming services of music, movies and other entertainment for residents across our campus.

We know residents, families and visitors are being placed in a very difficult position by having limited contact with their loved ones. We feel this is the best course of action as we try to create a line of defense against the COVID-19. We are following the directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health and Monroe County Health Department.

Please email any questions you may have to You may also visit our website for the latest communications at



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 12, 2020

We know that our residents, their families, our staff and others have concerns about how the COVID-19 respiratory disease is impacting us at Jewish Senior Life. We share those concerns. Our residents’ safety, and that of our employees, is our primary responsibility. We instituted preventive measures earlier this month, and effective Friday, March 13, 2020 we are taking the following additional steps to minimize risk to our residents and staff.

  • Beginning at 12 noon on Friday March 13, family members and visitors will not be allowed inside any buildings on campus. (Note: biometric fingerprint scanning at entrances will be disconnected.) Exceptions may be requested if a visitation is deemed critical to the health of the resident, or if there is an end of life situation.

Families may communicate with their loved ones virtually via Skype or FaceTime. You may contact your loved one’s social worker to speak to them or to arrange a virtual call.

  • All resident outings across campus have been postponed until further notice.
  • All resident gatherings across campus are limited to 15 people maximum. All previously planned gatherings of 15 people or more have been cancelled. Enrichment programming will now be held in small groups.
  • External medical appointments for Jewish Home residents are not permitted, unless deemed critically necessary.
  • The Jewish Home Gift Shop is closed until further notice.
  • Beginning at 3pm on Friday March 13, all staff members entering any buildings on campus will be required to participate in a temperature screening.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our residents and staff. We are in close contact with the local and state health departments and are following their guidelines. Please be assured we are taking every measure across the Jewish Senior Life campus to prevent this virus from entering any of our buildings, thereby protecting our residents, their families and our staff from exposure.

We will continue to provide updates on our website home page,, as well as our mobile app, JSL Connect.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michele Schirano, Jewish Home of Rochester at 784-6484, or Susan Bussey, Housing (Summit at Brighton, Wolk, and Lodge at Wolk Manor), at 341-2301. Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Vice President of Medical Services
Michele Schirano, RN Senior Vice President/Administrator Jewish Home of Rochester
Susan Bussey, Senior Vice President Senior Housing

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 5, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) respiratory disease is spreading globally with multiple cases now in the United States. I share your concern about safety and I assure you that we are well prepared for whatever lies ahead. All of our Jewish Senior Life communities are following national strategies provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with an emphasis on prevention. Specifically, the CDC strategies are focused on halting the spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities. COVID-19 can be detected and prevented similar to the spread of other respiratory viruses such as influenza.

Below are a sampling of steps we’ve put in place to ensure the highest levels of safety throughout our campus;

  • Instructing guests not to visit if they have symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Employees staying home if they have symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Ensure all employees are cleaning their hands according to CDC guidelines.
  • Assess resident’s symptoms of respiratory infection upon admission
  • Implement appropriate infection prevention practices for incoming symptomatic residents
  • Regularly monitor residents and employees for fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • Restrict the movement of residents with fever or acute respiratory symptoms.
  • All staff to follow CDC mandated protocols while giving care with proper protection.
  • Ongoing monitoring and coordination with our local and state public health sources.

My commitment is to ensure the safety of all who come through our doors. My staff and I are working hard to identify and understand any potential COVID-19 activity in our community and remain committed to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please be assured we are taking every measure across the Jewish Senior Life campus to prevent this virus from entering any of our buildings and protecting our residents, families and staff from exposure.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns to Michele Schirano, RN, Senior Vice President/Administrator, Jewish Home of Rochester at 784-6484. Thank you and together we can focus on prevention ensuring the safest environment for all.

Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Vice President of Medical Services

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease information page.

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