Information on Visiting

Visitation Guidelines

Jewish Senior Life has taken a safe and conservative approach to protect our residents and staff, and we will continue this approach going forward. We continue to follow the CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for infection control.

As of February 3, 2022, we have received  guidance just issued by DOH regarding staff booster shots and visitor testing. The following are some highlights of the guidance: 

Health Care Personnel Vaccination and Booster Shots:

  • Please note that the recent amendment to the emergency regulation requiring booster shots is effective when it is filed with the Department of State. We do not know whether DOH has filed the amendment, but the DOH website does not show this version of the emergency regulation as effective. We anticipate that it will be filed and effective shortly. The Governor’s press release indicated that there would be a 14-day grace period.

Staff Masking:

Visitors Masking and Distancing:

Visitor Testing:

  • We do not know what the Department expects for verification of self-administered rapid tests.
  • The effective date of the testing requirements is unclear. In the absence of an explicit effective date, we would ordinarily assume that a guidance document is effective immediately.
  • Please note that this does not refer to ECLRS reporting (see below). We assume the “report” refers to reporting positive cases to the local health department.
  • We also understand that if a visitor tests positive outside the facility, it would be unwise to require the visitor to re-enter the building to report their positive result.
  • We do not know what type of records the Department is expecting for self-administered rapid tests.
  • Ombudsman representatives. Under certain circumstances, the resident and ombudsman should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting, and the visit should take place in the resident’s room.
  • Compassionate care visitors who are visiting in anticipation of end of life or in the case of significant mental, physical, or social decline or crisis. The visitor must wear any additional PPE that the facility deems appropriate.
  • Emergency Medical Services personnel

PPE/Face Mask Wearing:

Personal Visitation:

Infection Prevention:

COVID-19 Outbreak Testing Guidance:

More On Visitation

More On Visitation

We continue to provide the opportunity for families to join their loved ones at any of our off-home activity programs. You are more than welcome to join your loved one at a program in the Cottage Community room, outdoors on our campus or at programs within the main building in the Sands Center or Art Room. Families are encouraged to check out the OMA Art Exhibit in our Sokol Porch or stop in for a quick gift at the Gift Shop.

Programs that are being held in individual homes within the cottages or on the households within the Tower are not opened up for families to attend at this time. These areas are for residents only as they are shared common areas within our campus.

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