COVID-19 Updates

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Daily COVID-19 Report: October 29, 2020

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October 28, 2020

  • Family Update from Adam Berman, President

    Dear Residents and Families, With the summer gone and fall well under way, we wanted to provide you with an update on our organization and our continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, our strict adherence to MA DPH and CDC guidelines, and your cooperation, we… Read More

September 30, 2020

  • Indoor Visits Resume at Chelsea and Peabody

    We are excited to share the news that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) have recently released guidance on how we can safely begin indoor family visits with our residents. Our main priority is to adhere to the strict protocols for infection control. Please note that only… Read More

August 3, 2020

  • Ken Dudzik’s 61st Birthday

    There was a special birthday celebration at Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) last week. Ken Dudzik, one of our residents in the Dapper McDonald ALS Home, turned 61 and was honored with a socially distanced Zoom party. Staff and residents worked hard to make the day memorable for Ken – and they succeeded! As… Read More

July 7, 2020

  • Resident Engagement in a Quarantine Environment

    Social distancing requirements in nursing homes and assisted living residences present their own unique set of challenges during this pandemic. To address this, the staff at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare have been working hard to make sure the residents are engaged, active – and happy. “We have implemented a variety of creative activities for our residents,”… Read More

June 29, 2020

  • Choosing an Assisted Living Residence Virtually

    How do you find the right assisted living for a family member when in-person tours are not an option? At Cohen Florence Levine Estates in Chelsea and Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates in Peabody, the assisted living residences operated by Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, virtual tours, live chats and Zoom meetings help facilitate the process. “Virtual… Read More

June 19, 2020

  • Mother and Daughter Reunite at Cohen Florence Levine Estates

    Rosalie Sussman had not seen her daughter, Gloria Dove, for over three months. When the Massachusetts Department of Health issued a no-visitors policy for assisted livings and nursing homes throughout the state due to COVID-19, Rosalie, a resident of Cohen, Florence Levine Estates, was unable to visit with her daughter and other family members. Although… Read More

June 2, 2020

  • Resuming Outdoor Family Visitation

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) have recently released guidance on how to safely begin family visitation with our residents. We are in the process of developing a plan on how best to implement brief, supervised visits outside our residences, while keeping the strict protocols for infection… Read More

June 1, 2020

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Utilizes Best Practice Deep Cleaning Techniques

    What do the Boston Red Sox, and other professional teams have in common with Chelsea Jewish Lifecare? Their deep cleaning procedures! Professional sports teams, along with hospitals, medical centers, airlines, country clubs, mass transit and government agencies are using the same new deep cleaning technique as Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “Preventing the spread of COVID-19 hinges… Read More

May 28, 2020

  • May 28, 2020 – Family Letter

    Dear Residents and Families, Two months since we first began our fight with this terrible virus, we strongly believe we have weathered through the worst and can begin to look towards the future. As Massachusetts begins its phased approach to safely reopen the state, we too have moved away from crisis-mode and have started to… Read More

May 12, 2020

  • Mother’s Day Celebrations at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare

    While Mother’s Day this year was certainly not the norm, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare worked hard to make the day happy and memorable. Additional staff members were on hand to help families connect through phone and video calls. In this time of social distancing restrictions, hearing a loved one’s voice or seeing them on a screen… Read More

May 8, 2020

  • May 8, 2020 – Family Letter

    Dear Residents and Families, We write to you today with a new sense of optimism. Data for Massachusetts is starting to show improvement in our broader communities due to everyone’s hard work to stay home and socially distance. We too are seeing signs that our continuing efforts to stop the spread of the virus in… Read More

May 7, 2020

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Celebrates National Nurses Week!

    Each year, the country celebrates National Nurses Week from May 6 through May 12. Given the challenges facing our country and our community, it is more important than ever to honor our nurses for their extraordinary dedication, commitment, and support. At the Leonard Florence for Living in Chelsea, the Katzman Family Center for Living in… Read More

April 30, 2020

  • April 30, 2020 – Family Letter

    Dear Residents and Families, More than a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has continued to work through adversity to meet the commitment of care we make to you and your loved ones. We, along with the rest of the world, are also getting a better grasp of this crisis. While the impact to… Read More

April 27, 2020

April 20, 2020

  • April 20, 2020 – Family Letter

    Dear Residents and Families, As Massachusetts experiences what experts believe to be the peak for new COVID-19 cases, senior care living organizations have become the focus of attention given the highly vulnerable population we serve. We share in the immense grief felt across our industry and broader communities as we have also experienced the loss… Read More

April 11, 2020

  • April 11, 2020 – Family Letter

    To Our Families, We write to you now possibly during the most difficult time in our lives. Never in the 100-year history of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare have we faced a situation like this one. Despite all our best efforts and preparation, the COVID-19 pandemic facing the world has found its way within the walls of… Read More

March 26, 2020

  • COVID-19 Response FAQs

    At Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, the safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our number one priority. Please know that we are carefully monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 and have implemented the recommendations and guidelines given to us by state and federal health experts. This page is intended to provide additional information to residents, family members, and staff based on common questions we are receiving. While this situation is rapidly evolving, we will do our best to update our website with the latest information.

March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020

  • Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center Temporarily Closing on March 20th

    In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we are temporarily closing the Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center on our Peabody Campus as of March 20, 2020. Please know we will work closely with families on transition plans. Our focus right now is preventing the spread of this virus and keeping our participants safe.

  • Family Letter

    To Our Dear Residents and Families, Especially during this difficult time, the health and safety of our residents remain our top priority. We want to assure you that Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 extremely closely. With guidance from state and federal health experts, we are following their recommendations as well… Read More

March 13, 2020

  • CJL No Visitor Protocol

    To our Residents, Families, and Community: In an effort to further protect our residents, who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID‐19, our facility will be implementing a strict NO VISITOR protocol effective at 7PM, Thursday, March 12. We find this policy necessary to prevent an individual possibly infected with COVID‐19, without symptoms, from… Read More

March 9, 2020

  • Statement about Coronavirus

    To our Residents and Family Members: In light of recent developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) in the United States, we would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the strategies we will be implementing to keep our residents, staff, and visitors safe. We have implemented protocols to address this… Read More

CJL In The News

August 12, 2020

  • Socially Distant 100th Birthday Surprise Party at Kaplan Estates Makes Headlines!

    Kay Morrocco, a much beloved resident at The Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living, celebrated her 100th birthday on August 10. To mark this special milestone, the assisted living and Kay’s family planned two surprise social distancing birthday celebrations. News Stories about this event: WCVB: North Shore woman celebrates a century of life A… Read More

July 21, 2020

  • Visits resume at Jewish assisted living facilities

    Chelsea Jewish Lifecare residents are overjoyed at seeing family members after months of restrictions due to the coronavirus. And the families feel the same way! Our dedicated staff worked day in and day out to keep the residents safe — and happy. Take a look at a recent Jewish Journal article that features residents from… Read More

June 15, 2020

May 18, 2020

April 30, 2020

  • Parade wishes popular senior ‘Happy Birthday’ at Kaplan Estates

    PEABODY — About 20 cars filled with family, plus police cars and fire trucks, wished Eleanor “Helen” Dittmer a happy 93rd birthday this past Sunday at The Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates assisted living center at 240 Lynnfield St. The cavalcade, which allowed for folks to keep a safe social distance amid the coronavirus pandemic,… Read More

April 27, 2020

  • Katzman Resident Recovers from COVID-19

    At 93 years old Annette Carruccio is beating the coronavirus. WBZ spoke to her on a Zoom call from the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea. “I’m feeling great,” Carruccio said. “I didn’t even know I had the virus.” Watch WBZ-TV Clip

  • Kaplan Estates resident surprised with parade for 93rd birthday

    Eleanor “Helen” Dittmer, a much beloved resident at The Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living, celebrated her 93rd birthday with a social distancing drive-by parade. The parade included police cars, fire engines, two trucks and 20 vehicles with relatives. Family members waved, cheered and sang Happy Birthday as they passed Helen’s apartment window. Helen’s… Read More

March 30, 2020

  • I just don’t want her to wither away: visiting Mom through an open window

    By Evan Allen Globe Staff, Updated March 28, 2020. Jean Follett, 86, (left) got a visit Saturday morning from her daughters, including Charlene, who crouched outside a window at the Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates assisted living facility in Peabody to show her mom some recent photos of her grandchildren.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff PEABODY — The… Read More

March 24, 2020

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Featured in the Boston Globe

    On Friday afternoon, Leonard Florence residents were treated to a concert by “All Good Things,’’ a musical group led by recreational programming director Jimmy Honohan. Residents sitting on balconies or watching from their windows were serenaded with a medley of oldies, from “Mustang Sally’’ to “This Magic Moment’’ on guitar, drums, and saxophone. Such events are comforting not only to the residents but to children and relatives, who can’t attend but know that the residents are being entertained and looked after.

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Featured on Boston 25 News and WBZ Boston

    Last week the Leonard Florence Center for Living held a therapeutic outdoor concert for it’s residents and staff. The three piece band, led by the very talented Jimmy Honohan, played a medley of rock ‘n roll and oldie hit songs. While all residents and band members observed the six feet apart government guidelines, it was… Read More