COVID-19 Updates

For the latest news on how we’re responding to COVID-19, read more here:

Daily COVID-19 Report: May 14, 2021

Vaccinations: CVS will be administering the vaccine in our homes. In order to receive it, they are requiring copies of individual insurance cards and signed consent forms from all our residents. Click here to send us photos of your insurance card.

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May 5, 2021

  • People are Talking About… the Leonard Florence Center for Living!

    We truly appreciate the feedback from our residents and family members. It helps us be the best we can be. Take a look at some recent sentiments about the staff at LFCL. Please know we take every comment to heart. “I’m really glad my mother is in your facility.” “I was able to see my… Read More

  • People are Talking About… Brudnick Center for Living!

    We truly appreciate the feedback from our residents and family members. It helps us be the best we can be. Take a look at some recent sentiment about the staff at BCL. Please know we take every comment to heart. “Thank you for helping us stay connected to family during this difficult time.” “Since I… Read More

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Staff Plays Key Role in Project ECHO

    All of our skilled nursing facilities recently completed a four-month training entitled Project ECHO (Extension of Community Health Outcomes). This innovative program focused upon public/private partnership, bringing providers together with other experts in the field. Topics revolved around the implementation of strategies to keep residents and staff safe during the pandemic. CJL staff participated as… Read More

April 7, 2021

  • Social Work Month at Katzman Center for Living

    March is designated as Social Work Month and the 2021 observance is more meaningful than ever. This year, the theme for the month-long celebration is Social Workers Are Essential. And rightly so! For Janice Cole, LICSW at Katzman Family Center for Living, it has been a year unlike no other. “Certainly, it has been a… Read More

April 6, 2021

  • What’s Happening at BCL!

    This year’s Seder celebration was different than other years, but the staff worked hard to make the holiday special. Seder tables, adorned with the Haggadah, matzah, and the traditional Seder Plate, welcomed residents to a social distanced Passover. It was time to reflect on the holiday and look forward to the future. Coming up, there… Read More

April 5, 2021

  • Social Work Month at Leonard Florence Center for Living

    March is designated as Social Work Month and the 2021 observance is more meaningful than ever. This year, the theme for the month-long celebration is Social Workers Are Essential. And rightly so! For Jana Oberheu, LICSW Social Worker at Leonard Florence Center for Living, it has been a year unlike no other. “Certainly, it has… Read More

  • What’s Happening at KCL!

    Spring is certainly in the air at Katzman Family Center for Living. The residents have been busy making beautiful  arrangements and spring-themed collages. The past year has been incredibly challenging for our staff, our residents, and our residents’ families. Going forward, there’s a lot to be excited about here at KCL. The weather is getting… Read More

April 1, 2021

  • What’s Happening at LFCL

    In-Room Family Visits You can feel the positive energy going around LFCL as staff and residents are welcome back families. This is such an exciting time for everyone. You just have to look at the residents’ faces to see the impact of these reunions. They are emotional, joyous and much-needed. 2020 has been a difficult… Read More

  • Social Work Month at Brudnick Center for Living

    March is designated as Social Work Month and the 2021 observance is more meaningful than ever. This year, the theme for the month-long celebration is: Social Workers Are Essential. And rightly so! For Janice Glick, LICSW, Director of Social Work at Brudnick Center for Living, it has been a year unlike no other. “Certainly, it has… Read More

March 16, 2021

  • An Updated Message to Our Visitors – March 16, 2021

    This update is for our skilled nursing homes. We are waiting for guidelines from EOEA our regulatory body for our assisted living residences and will update our policies as soon as we receive them. Dear Residents and Families, The MA Department of Public Health recently revised its visitation protocols for nursing homes. Starting Thursday, March… Read More

March 12, 2021

  • March’s Message from Adam Berman, President of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare

    Dear Residents and Families, The beginning of spring is always a time for optimism and this year, more than ever, I have every reason to feel hopeful. As of the day I write this, we have zero COVID positive staff or residents in our organization. Our strict adherence to infection control practices as well as the… Read More

  • An Updated Message to Our Visitors – March 12, 2021

    To All Visitors UPDATE: DPH has issued its guidance on family visits.  We look forward to updating this information and welcoming fully vaccinated (14 days after the second dose) family members at some point next week.  Details to come. We understand that on March 10, 2021 the CDC issued new federal guidelines regarding visits to… Read More

March 11, 2021

March 3, 2021

  • Katzman Family Center for Living Family Feedback

    One of top priorities throughout the pandemic has been to keep our residents engaged – and happy. Although the state guidelines required us to keep our residents apart, our team worked hard to create activities that unified us and provided a sense of cohesiveness. Families have been able to see their loved one through FaceTime… Read More

  • Brudnick Center for Living Family Feedback

    One of top priorities throughout the pandemic has been to keep our residents engaged – and happy. Although the state guidelines required us to keep our residents apart, our team worked hard to create activities that unified us and provided a sense of cohesiveness. Families have been able to see their loved one through FaceTime… Read More

  • Leonard Florence Center for Living Family Feedback

    One of top priorities throughout the pandemic has been to keep our residents engaged – and happy. Although the state guidelines required us to keep our residents apart, our team worked hard to create activities that unified us and provided a sense of cohesiveness. Families have been able to see their loved one through FaceTime… Read More

February 11, 2021

February 10, 2021

  • Q&A with Ed Stewart, Executive Director of Katzman Family Center

    Not seeing Executive Director Ed Stewart every day at KCL will take a bit of adjustment. A beloved presence at KCL for the past six years, Ed will “retire” at the end of February. But rest assured, he will still be a frequent visitor. Going forward, Ed will be working with CJL on a consulting… Read More

February 9, 2021

  • What’s Happening at BCL in February

    We are excited to report that over 99% of our long term care residents have been vaccinated as well as over 60% of our staff. This is a huge accomplishment and one that will pave the way for our return to normalcy. Our winter food decorating project for the month of February has brightened the… Read More

January 15, 2021

  • January Happenings at Katzman Family Center for Living

    The first Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic was held at KCL on January 4. It was an exciting and emotional day as it marks the beginning of the end to a long, difficult road. The availability of this vaccine is will enable us to protect our residents, our staff, our families, and our communities from the Covid-19… Read More

  • Vaccination Day at LFCL

    Vaccination Day was an exciting time for the residents and staff at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. Walgreens Pharmacy arrived with seven pharmacists to administer the Pfizer vaccine. The all-day event emphasized the superhero theme, with the campaign slogan “Not all Superhero’s wear capes, they wear masks” strategically placed on posters around the Center…. Read More

  • Meet Tammy Starion, Brudnick Center for Living’s Director of Nursing

    Tammy Starion RN, BSN, MSN, has seen the healthcare system from all sides. She worked as a CAN for five years while obtaining her BSN.  Tammy started her career in the ICU at Salem Hospital, and while there, she opened the Cardiac Surgical Unit.  After being employed in an acute care setting for 13 years,… Read More

January 12, 2021

  • January’s Message from Adam Berman, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare President

    Dear Residents and Staff, I felt a range of emotions as the COVID-19 vaccines got underway. Certainly, this was the first time I have witnessed people excited to get a shot! I also felt an enormous amount of pride upon seeing, firsthand, the enthusiasm, cooperation and spirit of our staff and residents at the vaccination… Read More

January 11, 2021

  • January Happenings at Brudnick Center for Living

    While it may be chilly outside, there will be a lot of warmth, laughter and fun inside BCL during the month of January. Weekly Zoom concerts with beloved Jimmy Honohan featuring a medley of popular songs from a variety of decades. Other activities include bakery decorating activities, word puzzle booklets and short story booklets. In… Read More

December 10, 2020

  • A Holiday Message from Adam Berman

    Dear Residents and Families, I approach this holiday season this year with a renewed sense of optimism. Admittedly, the past months have been a demanding time for us all, but with the advent of a coronavirus vaccine, there truly is hope on the horizon. That said, it is essential that we continue to be vigilant… Read More

November 11, 2020

  • A Thanksgiving Message from Adam Berman, Legacy Lifecare President

    Dear Residents and Families, Thanksgiving will indeed be different this year as the state and country are brace for another wave of COVID-19. Our gatherings will be smaller. Many of us will not be able to be with our loved ones. But we cannot lose sight that this holiday is a time to give thanks…. Read More

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

January 29, 2021

  • CJL is in the News!

    Chelsea Jewish COVID-19 vaccinations continue after great start in January One would expect jubilation, jumping, screaming and even a small celebration once residents at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare facilities got their COVID-19 vaccinations, but for one of the oldest residents at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL), it was a bit more muted. “Is… Read More

January 25, 2021

  • Peabody Resident Captain William Ridgley Honored

    Bill, a resident of the Budnick Center for Living, was bestowed a portrait banner for his impact upon the Greater Boston community. As one of the first African-American fire department Captains in the city of Cambridge, William Ridgley, a resident at the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody, was recently honored by… Read More

January 17, 2021

  • Super Heroes Saving Lives

    Campaign encourage health care workers to ‘keep up their tremendous work’ PEABODY — Adam Berman, president of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, knows that many health care workers might be growing fatigued from nearly a year of following pandemic protocol. “When you have a crisis, you have this burst of energy, but as things keep dragging on,… Read More

January 7, 2021

  • Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Kicks Off “Superheroes Saving Lives” Campaign

    Read Full Article on the Chelsea Record Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (CJL), one of New England’s leading nonprofit healthcare organizations with campuses in Chelsea and Peabody, unveiled its new Superheroes Saving Lives campaign. Geared to its dedicated and loyal frontline staff, the light-hearted campaign focuses upon serious subjects: thanking employees for adhering to proper infection control… Read More

December 15, 2020

  • First of its kind home for those on ventilators opens in Chelsea

    Read full article on the Jewish Journal CHELSEA – In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare answered the call from the state to create a first of its kind homelike setting for those who are dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s Leonard Florence Center for Living on Admiral Hill… Read More

  • Leonard Florence Center for Living Adds 20 New Residents

    Read full article on the Chelsea Record When Barry Berman first began entertaining the idea of adding patients on ventilators to the Leonard Florence Center for Living – particularly those with ALS and other such illnesses – he recalled during a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday the first visit he made with a prospective resident…. Read More

November 27, 2020

  • Chelsea Jewish VNA awarded coveted 5-Star rating

    CHELSEA AND PEABODY – The Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency (VNA) has received the prestigious 5-Star rating from Home Health Compare. This designation reflects the highest number of stars allotted to a home health agency. Notably, there were only three home health care agencies with a 5-Star rating in the entire state of Massachusetts as… Read More

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