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April 21, 2021 | 10:51 AM

Update: Indoor visits at HHGW

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents and families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve, along with making sure you have the information you need in a timely manner. We are grateful for your patience and collaboration during this pandemic.

As of Wednesday April 21, 2021, indoor visits at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington are postponed until further notice. The appointments made for indoor visits will take place as window visits. There are no changes to the virtual visits schedule and registration.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had no new onset COVID-19 cases among residents in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Unfortunately, we were notified today of a positive COVID-19 case and we will be conducting another round of testing.

Indoor visitation remains restricted to compassionate care situations and should be approved by myself or Director of Nursing Olivia Kitcher-Yamikeh.

Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from window visitation.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and associates in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change. We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe.

Thank you for your partnership, patience and continued support,

Le’Shawn Bailey

Executive Director, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

April 16, 2021 | 3:00 PM

Indoor visits at HHGW

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington families,

We are happy to share that we will resume indoor visitation at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. The visits will take place in residents’ rooms. Guests are no longer required to present proof of negative COVID-19 test.

We want to remind you that according to CMS guidance, to continue to have indoor visitors, centers must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. If our status changes during weekly monitoring, all indoor visits will be suspended.

All in-person visits will now be indoors in the resident’s room. If you have made a reservation for a window visit or an outdoor visit, your visit will now be an indoor visit. If you prefer not to come into the center, then you may schedule a virtual visit. We have also extended the schedule of visiting hours to accommodate for evening and weekend indoor visits.

Below are some of the key facts that family members and loved ones of residents living at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington should know before planning a visit.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the buildings.
  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times –regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Visitors must complete AccuShield health screen and display the required identification badge on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 45 minutes.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from indoor visitation.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

We must limit the number of two visitors per resident, as well as the number of visitors in the building at any given time. Only two visitors per resident will be allowed. Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during indoor visits.

We must limit the movement of visitors in the centers. A visitor cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

Indoor visitation will be conducted in residents’ rooms. Visitors must register by visiting the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington page on our website https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/residences/hebrew-home/ or by using this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxjntgm2/

Time slots for indoor visits will be available for the following times:

Monday through Sunday; 45-minute visits at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Failure to comply with visitation hours will prohibit future scheduling. Scheduling will be monitored to offset overbooking.

There are no changes to virtual visits schedule and registration.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe.

Thank you for your partnership, patience and continued support.

Le’Shawn Bailey

Executive Director, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

April 14, 2021 | 3:57 PM

Dear Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We continue to follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance during the current pandemic. As we continue to adjust to the challenges, we remain agile and vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

As of Wednesday, April 14, 2021, indoor visits at Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House are postponed until further notice. Unfortunately, we were notified today that a Cohen-Rosen House staff member tested positive.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Additionally, we will begin weekly test of all residents until further notice.

We understand the importance of connecting with your loved one and we will continue to offer virtual visits. Please email Stephanie Malloy at Landow House or Mary Cook at Cohen-Rosen House to register for virtual visits.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. We will continue to communicate any updates on the visitation guidelines.

Thank you for your partnership,

Anne Benefield

Executive Director

Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House

March 31, 2021 | 2:55 PM

Visitation Update at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We continue to follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance during the current pandemic. As we continue to adjust to the challenges, we remain vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

As of Friday, March 12, 2021, indoor visits at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington are postponed until further notice.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Unfortunately, we were notified today of a positive COVID-19 case at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. We want to remind you that active cases are recorded on the COVID-19 Status page of our website.

We understand the importance of connecting in-person and have adjusted window and in-person visits to accommodate those who have registered for in-person visits.

Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, both window and in-person visits will take place outdoors until further notice. If you have made a reservation for a window or in-person visit, your visit will move to an outdoor visit. Outdoor visits will take place in tents outside Wasserman and Smith-Kogod residences. The visits will happen rain or shine within an outdoor temperature range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • To allow all residents to have visits with their loved ones, only one visit per resident per week will be allowed.
  • A well-fitted mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents at all times.
  • Visitors must come into the residence’s lobby, complete the AccuShield health screen and display the required identification badge on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 45 minutes to allow for cleaning between visits.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from outdoor visitation.
  • Only two visitors per resident will be allowed.
  • Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

There are no changes to the virtual visits schedule and registration.

Visitors must register by visiting the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington page on our website https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/residences/hebrew-home/ or by using this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxjntgm2/

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help the process greatly.

March 23, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Outdoor Visits Update at Hebrew Home

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents and families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve, along with making sure you have the information you need in a timely manner.

As of Wednesday March 24, 2021, outdoor visits at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington are postponed until further notice. The appointments made for outdoor visits will take place as window visits. There are no changes to the virtual visits schedule and registration.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had no new onset COVID-19 cases among residents in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Unfortunately, we were notified today of a positive COVID-19 case and we will be conducting another round of testing.

Indoor visitation remains restricted to compassionate care situations and should be approved by myself or Director of Nursing Olivia Kitcher-Yamikeh.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and associates in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change.

Thank you for your continued support,

Le’Shawn Bailey

Executive Director, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

March 17, 2021 | 5:55 PM

Ring House Apartment Visits

Ring House families and residents,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. We acknowledge the emotional impact that social distancing is having on our residents, their families and friends. We understand the importance of connecting in-person, to feel the immediacy of the love and support of those we care deeply about.

We are excited to share a few updates on our social distancing restrictions at Ring House:

Beginning on March 22, 2021, Ring House residents will be able to enjoy breakfast and dinner in the Ring House dining room. Sitting will be on the first-come-first-serve basis with reservations recommended. Breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. and dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Residents who do not want to participate in communal dining will continue to be offered in-room delivery.

We will resume small group activities at Ring House on March 29, 2021. We will communicate the new changes to the residents via touchtown and weekly highlights will include the small group programs and the process to register.

We will welcome apartment visits on Monday, March 29, 2021. Below are some of the key facts that visitors of residents living at Ring House should know before planning a visit.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only visitors who have made a reservation online will be permitted.
  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents and staff at all times.
  • All visitors are required to report to the guardian desk in the main lobby upon entering the residence to complete AccuShield health screen and to obtain the required identification badge to be displayed on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 1 ½ hours.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Only two visitors per apartment will be allowed.
  • Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during apartment visits.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

We must limit the movement of visitors in the residence. Visitor must go directly to the resident’s apartment for visitation and cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

We have implemented a registration system to make visiting a smooth process. Please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/93D7FDC04AFCFE9CE8-ringapartment

We are excited about easing some of our restrictions with the caveat that if there is an increase in community spread or an outbreak, we will return to our more restrictive policies and practices.

We are committed to keeping families informed. Our website will continue to offer updates and our town hall meetings are important opportunities for us to share information as we support each other during this time.

Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help the process greatly. We are very excited to welcome Ring House family members and friends back in our residence.

Thank you,

Simone Brock

Executive Director, Ring House

March 17, 2021 | 4:20 PM

Revitz House Apartment Visits

Dear Revitz House residents and families,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. We acknowledge the emotional impact that social distancing is having on our residents, their families and friends. We understand the importance of connecting in-person, to feel the immediacy of the love and support of those we care deeply about.

Beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021 we will welcome apartment visits between residents and no more than two visitors in their apartment. Only visitors who have made a reservation online will be permitted.

Below are some of the key facts that visitors of residents living at Revitz House should know before planning a visit.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents and staff at all times.
  • All visitors are required to report to the guardian desk in the main lobby upon entering the residence to complete AccuShield health screen and to obtain the required identification badge to be displayed on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 1 ½ hours.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

We must limit the number of visitors per resident, as well as the number of visitors in the building at any given time. Only two visitors per resident will be allowed. Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during indoor visits.

We must limit the movement of visitors in the residence. Visitor must go directly to the resident’s apartment for visitation and cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

Times slots for visiting hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We will allow a total of 12 reservations per day.

We have implemented a registration system to make visiting a smooth process. Please sign up using the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/93D7FDC04AFCFE9CE8-revitz1

We are excited about easing some of our restrictions with the caveat that if there is an increase in community spread or an outbreak, we will return to our more restrictive policies and practices.

We are committed to keeping families informed. Our website will continue to offer updates and our town hall meetings are important opportunities for us to share information as we support each other during this time.

Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help the process greatly. We are very excited to welcome Revitz House family members and friends back in our residence.

Diane Stern

Executive Director, Revitz House

March 11, 2021 | 6:28 PM

Visitation Update at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We continue to follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance during the current pandemic. As we continue to adjust to the challenges, we remain vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

As of Friday, March 12, 2021, indoor visits at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington are postponed until further notice.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Unfortunately, we were notified today of a positive COVID-19 case at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. We want to remind you that active cases are recorded on the COVID-19 Status page of our website.

We understand the importance of connecting in-person and have adjusted window and in-person visits to accommodate those who have registered for in-person visits. On Friday, March 12, 2021, the appointments made for in-person visits will take place as window visits. If you have made a reservation for an in-person visit on Friday, your visit will now be a window visit.

Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, both window and in-person visits will take place outdoors until further notice. If you have made a reservation for a window or in-person visit, your visit will move to an outdoor visit. Outdoor visits will take place in tents outside Wasserman and Smith-Kogod residences. The visits will happen rain or shine within an outdoor temperature range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • To allow all residents to have visits with their loved ones, only one visit per resident per week will be allowed.
  • A well-fitted mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents at all times.
  • Visitors must come into the residence’s lobby, complete the AccuShield health screen and display the required identification badge on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 45 minutes to allow for cleaning between visits.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from outdoor visitation.
  • Only two visitors per resident will be allowed.
  • Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

There are no changes to the virtual visits schedule and registration.

Visitors must register by visiting the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington page on our website https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/residences/hebrew-home/ or by using this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxjntgm2/

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help the process greatly.

Thank you for your partnership,

Le’Shawn Bailey

Executive Director

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

March 9, 2021 | 5:44 PM

Additional information regarding in-person visits

Dear residents, family members and friends,

As a follow up to our message from yesterday about the recent news regarding the CDC’s revised mask, visitation and quarantine guidance for those who are fully vaccinated, please note that this guidance does not apply to healthcare settings, including long-term care and assisted living residences.

The new CDC guidance does not change the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) regulations about visitation, and we will continue to follow MDH’s direction to guide our visitation policies until further guidance is provided.

Our policies at our independent living residences also remain unchanged.

Although the new CDC guidance does not apply to us, we continue to plan to welcome visitors back to our campus.

We will remain very cautious regarding the reduction of COVID-19 related infection control policies and procedures during the weeks and months ahead. Please continue to follow us on social media, our website and future communications for the most up to date information.

Thank you for your continued support,

Brenda L. Rice

VP, Operations

March 8, 2021 | 4:59 PM

Update on CDC guidance

Dear Family Members, Residents and Friends,

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our first priority is to protect the health and well-being of residents and team members.

CESLC is closely evaluating the guidance issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 8 regarding modifications in policies related to vaccinated individuals. We are evaluating the guidance and how it may impact our Welcome Back Plans. Please stay tuned and we will update our website and social media as our plans continue to evolve.

Brenda L. Rice

VP, Operations, Charles E. Smith Life Communities

March 4, 2021 | 4:12 PM

Update on indoor visits at Hebrew Home

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington families,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that indoor visitation in skilled nursing facilities may resume, and that centers should follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance.

We are planning to welcome visitors to Hebrew Home of Greater Washington on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. According to CMS guidance, to start and continue to have visitors, centers must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing.

Below are some of the key facts that family members and loved ones of residents living at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington should know before planning a visit.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each visitor is required to produce a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within 7 days prior to the visit.
  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents at all times.
  • Physical contact with the resident is not allowed.
  • Visitors must complete AccuShield health screen and display the required identification badge on outer clothing.
  • Complete a temperature check.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 45 minutes to allow for cleaning between visits.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from indoor visitation.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

We must limit the number of two visitors per resident, as well as the number of visitors in the building at any given time. Only two visitors per resident will be allowed. A total of four visitors will be allowed in the residence at one time. Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during indoor visits.

We must limit the movement of visitors in the centers. A visitor cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

Indoor visitation will be conducted in the Social Halls of Wasserman Residence and Smith-Kogod Residence. Visitors must register by visiting the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington page on our website https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/residences/hebrew-home/ or by using this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxjntgm2/

Time slots for indoor visitation visits will be available for the following locations and times:

Social Hall at Wasserman Residence and Smith-Kogod Residence

Monday through Friday; 45-minute visits at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Failure to comply with visitation hours will prohibit future scheduling. Scheduling will be monitored to offset overbooking.

There are no changes to the window and virtual visits schedule and registration.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help these changes be implemented more smoothly for all involved.

Thank you for your partnership.

March 4, 2021 | 2:34 PM

Update on indoor visits at Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House

Dear Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House families,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. Governor Larry Hogan recently announced visitation in assisted living centers may resume, and that centers should follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance.

We are planning to welcome visitors to Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House on Monday, March 8, 2021. According to CMS guidance, to start and continue to have visitors, the assisted living center must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing.

Below are some of the key facts that family members and loved ones of residents living Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House should know about before planning a visit.

Visitors must comply with and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Visitors will be screened upon entering the residence to include: temperature check and screening questions about signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Each visitor is required to produce a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within 7 days prior to the visit.
  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth is required to be worn at all times, even when in the resident room.
  • It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents at all times. Physical contact with the resident is not allowed.
  • Visitor will be instructed to sanitize hands and maintain hand hygiene during the visit.
  • Visitation will be limited to 60 minutes to allow for cleaning between visits.
  • Visitors must not visit if they are ill and anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
  • Residents that are on 14 day observation or are active COVID-19 positive are excluded from indoor visitation.
  • Visitors are requested to notify the Executive Director if they test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days following their visit.

Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

We must limit the number of two visitors per resident, as well as the number of visitors in the building at any given time. Only two visitors per resident will be allowed. A total of four visitors will be allowed in the residence at one time. Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during indoor visits. Landow House visits will be scheduled by contacting Stephanie Malloy at Malloy@ceslc.org and Cohen-Rosen House will be scheduled by contacting Mary Cook at Cook@ceslc.org.

We must limit the movement of visitors in the centers. Visits at Landow House will be in apartments and at Cohen-Rosen House in the sunroom. A visitor cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help these changes be implemented more smoothly for all involved.

Thank you for your partnership.

February 12, 2021 | 5:26 PM

Update on indoor visitation

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House residents and families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We are aware that the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued guidance for resuming indoor visits at nursing homes and assisted living facilities provided that facilities do not have active cases, continue following county’s positivity rates and continue to follow testing protocols.

Our response to the easing of social distancing restrictions is based upon many considerations and the guidance from CMS and the Maryland Department of Health will inform our visitation rules for both assisted living residences and our nursing home center.

We are developing processes and procedures to safely implement indoor visitation at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House and we anticipate sharing an update on these guidelines with you as soon as possible.

We acknowledge the emotional impact that social distancing is having on residents, their families and friends. We understand the importance of connecting in-person, to feel the immediacy of the love and support of those we care deeply about.

We truly appreciate your patience as we continue to move forward into uncharted waters and work through the many details that welcoming visitors back to our campus entails.

In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thank you for your continued support,

 

Brenda L. Rice

VP, Operations

February 2, 2021 | 5:50 PM

Vaccination plan for Revitz House residents

Dear Revitz House residents and families,

As previously shared, CESLC will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents of Revitz House. CVS will administer the vaccine on February 16,  March 9 and March 30.

Today, we are pleased to share the vaccination plan for residents of Revitz House:

  • Registration and completion of CVS forms will take place in the Revitz House lobby. Registration tables will be staffed by team members to assist residents in completing the required CVS forms and making copies of health insurance cards. CVS required forms will be available at the registration tables. Residents will be called and given a date and time to come down to the lobby.
  • Registration will be available during the following dates:

Feb. 3, Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to Noon

  • We ask residents to keep from gathering at the registration tables. We will do our best to direct traffic in order to keep social distance.
  • All forms must be filled out and submitted by Wednesday, February 10 at Noon. 
  • Appointments to receive the vaccine will be scheduled by floor to allow social distancing and to allow residents to get the vaccine in an environment with minimal contact with other people. We will adjust scheduling with guidance from CVS.
  • If you have already pre-registered with Montgomery County and have secured an appointment, this is still an option to obtain the vaccine in-house.
  • CVS will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Revitz House residents who have already received the first dose at another site and would like to receive the second dose at Revitz House, must present proof that they received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at least 21 days prior.
  • CVS will distribute the vaccine to Revitz House residents only.

We will continue to communicate any updates as needed. If you have additional questions about registration, please contact Sandi Bragin here.

We are hopeful that the vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

 

Diane Stern

Executive Director, Revitz House

February 2, 2021 | 5:47 AM

Vaccination plan for Ring House residents

Dear Ring House residents and families,

As previously shared, CESLC will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents of Ring House. CVS will administer the vaccine on February 15, March 8 and March 29.

Today, we are pleased to share the vaccination plan for residents of Ring House:

  • Registration will take place at the Ring House front lobby. Registration tables will be staffed by team members to assist residents completing the required CVS forms and making copies of insurance cards. CVS required forms will be available at the registration tables. Residents need to bring their insurance cards.
  • Registration will be available during the following dates:

Feb. 3, Feb. 4, Feb.5 and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to Noon

  • We ask residents to keep from gathering at the registration tables. We will do our best to direct traffic in order to keep social distance.
  • All forms must be filled out and submitted by Wednesday, February 10 at Noon.
  • Appointments to receive the vaccine will be scheduled by floor to allow social distancing and spacing and allow residents to get the vaccine in an environment with minimal contact with other people. We will adjust scheduling with guidance from CVS.
  • If you have already pre-registered with Montgomery County and have secured an appointment, this is still an option to obtain the vaccine in-house.
  • CVS will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Ring House residents who have already received the first dose at another site and would like to receive the second dose at Ring House, must present proof that they received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at least 21 days prior.
  • CVS will distribute the vaccine to Ring House residents only.

We will continue to communicate any updates as needed. If you have additional questions about registration, please contact Scott Globerman.

We are hopeful that the vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

 

Simone Brock

Executive Director, Ring House

January 28, 2021 | 2:30 PM

Vaccines are coming to Ring House and Revitz House

Dear Ring House and Revitz House residents and families,

We would like to express our profound appreciation for your support and resilience as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. CESLC is extremely pleased to share with you that CVS will hold vaccination clinics at Ring House and Revitz House for residents of Ring House and Revitz House.

This is very welcome news and we are grateful for the lobbying done on our behalf by the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, the Jewish Community Relations Council and several families at both Revitz House and Ring House who strongly advocated on behalf of independent living residents’ vaccination.

CVS has projected to begin vaccination for residents of Ring House on Monday, February 15 with subsequent clinics on March 8 and March 29.

Vaccination clinics for Revitz House residents are projected to begin on Tuesday, February 16 with subsequent clinics on March 9 and March 30.

We will communicate more information about the clinics, such as ways to register and forms needed, as it becomes available. We encourage you to visit our vaccination page to access resources, up-to-date information and learn more about the vaccine.

The health and safety of our residents and team members is always our top priority and we encourage as many residents as possible to get this vaccine. This vaccine has gone through testing and clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest safety standards.

Older adults have a much higher risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against serious illness due to COVID-19. The more residents and staff that get vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and save lives.

We will continue to take all necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including wearing personal protective equipment, to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

We are hopeful that the vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

Simone Brock, Executive Director, Ring House

Diane Stern, Executive Director, Revitz House

January 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Vaccination Update for Ring House and Revitz House

Dear Ring House and Revitz House residents and families,

We would like to take this opportunity to express our profound appreciation to everyone for all of your support and resilience as we continue to face the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of our proactive efforts to obtain COVID-19 vaccine access on behalf of our residents and team members, CESLC has been strongly advocating to obtain on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics for all of our residents and will continue to advocate for these clinics.

Unfortunately, despite our efforts to secure COVID-19 vaccine clinics on-site for all of our residents, CVS has made us aware that they are not able to provide clinics for Ring House and Revitz House.

Our efforts are now directed to looking at other avenues and we are encouraging residents of Ring House and Revitz House to pre-register with Montgomery County as soon as possible for an appointment to receive the vaccine. Those in Priority Group 1B (75 and older) who are residents of Montgomery County can pre-register for an appointment on Montgomery County’s website.

According to the county, they will communicate with those who have pre-registered and provide information on making an appointment when they have vaccine on-hand. That information will come via email and/or a text message depending on the selected notification setting and will be on the county’s vaccine website.

We will continue to communicate any updates as they become available. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

 

Brenda L. Rice

Vice President, Operations

January 15, 2021 | 4:44 PM

COVID-19 Vaccines for Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House

Dear Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House residents and families,

We would like to express our profound appreciation for your support and resilience as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously shared, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that long term care residents and staff be included at the highest priority level for the first distributions of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We have received notice from CVS that a vaccination clinic for residents of Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House is projected to take place on Friday, January 29, 2021 for the first dose.

In order for CVS to administer the vaccine, we need consent. If you have not submitted a consent, residents or responsible parties need to submit the completed consent form found here. Completed consent forms should be returned via email to: landowcma@ceslc.org.

The health and safety of our residents and team members is always our top priority and we encourage as many residents as possible to get the vaccine. This vaccine has gone through testing and clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest safety standards.

Older adults have a much higher risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against serious illness due to COVID-19. The more residents and staff that get vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and save lives.

We will continue to take all necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

There will be no costs to get the vaccine, please visit www.smithlifecommunities.org/coronavirus to access resources and learn more about the vaccine.

We are hopeful that the vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

 

Kellie Baker

Executive Director, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House

December 22, 2020 | 5:59 PM

Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House COVID-19 vaccination update

Dear Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House families,

We would like to express our profound appreciation to everyone for all of your support and resilience as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping our families informed and we are sharing today that we have received an update from CVS on the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics on our campus.

CVS notified us today that distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for assisted living residents will be delayed. As a result, the distribution of vaccines for residents at Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House will be delayed to a future date. CVS will proceed and distribute vaccines for Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, our nursing home center, as previously scheduled.

Residents at Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House, along with other assisted living centers across the state, will receive vaccines during the next round of vaccination as more doses become available. As previously communicated, CVS manages, schedules and coordinates all of the on-site clinics. We have not been informed of the timing of the next round of vaccines, but we have been advised to continue to collect the consent forms so we will be ready when the next dates are announced.

We understand that many of you are anxious to have your loved ones vaccinated as soon as possible and we hope that this will prove to be a brief delay from CVS. As we receive additional information and updates from CVS, we will continue to communicate with you via email, website updates and our town-hall meetings.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

Brenda L. Rice
Vice President, Operations

December 18, 2020 | 3:24 PM

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

December 11, 2020 | 3:19 PM

Vaccination Update

Dear CESLC residents and families,

We would like to express our profound appreciation to everyone for all of your support and resilience as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. CESLC is extremely pleased to share with you that the CDC has placed nursing homes and assisted living centers in the priority tier to receive the vaccine for COVID-19.

Under the CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, CVS will distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccination to residents and team members at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (HHGW), Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House following the vaccine approval by the FDA. CESLC will not be facilitating clinics, receiving a supply of vaccine or determining the timelines for the vaccine distribution or clinics. In addition, CESLC has not received communication on which vaccine residents and staff will be receiving.

As mentioned above, CVS will schedule and coordinate the on-site clinics. We have not been informed of the timing, but we have been advised that multiple visits will likely be needed to administer both doses of the vaccine. As we receive additional information and updates from CVS, we will continue to communicate with you through email, website updates and our town-hall meetings.

CESLC will not mandate participation, but we strongly encourage all residents and team members eligible for the vaccine to participate in the program. Please reference the CDC Fact Sheet here providing information on the benefits of vaccination.

Although this is welcome news for those we serve at HHGW, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House and the team members who work there, the state of Maryland has not yet announced how it will prioritize administering the vaccine to other groups, the system used to distribute the vaccine, or to whom it will be distributed.

CESLC is strongly advocating to obtain vaccine access for those who live and work in our independent living residences, Revitz House and Ring House, and we will continue to communicate any updates affecting those residences in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch your distance.

Thanks for your support in helping to keep our community safe.

Brenda L. Rice
Vice President, Operations

November 20, 2020 | 5:15 PM

Revitz House and Ring House – Update

Dear Revitz House and Ring House residents and families,

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our first priority is to protect the health and well-being of residents and team members.

Today, November 20, 2020, the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased to over 8% in Montgomery County. As a result effective this afternoon, all small group activities are suspended until further notice. This also includes the closing of our wellness centers in each residence. The life enrichment and health of our residents are of upmost importance to us. We will continue to offer a robust life and leisure program through our closed-circuit television platform.

As cases of COVID-19 infection have been traced predominantly to private duty aides, we are now requiring written proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 7 days. This applies to all private duty employees entering our residences, whether they are independent contractors or employees of home health agencies. This test must be provided weekly to the team member at the guardian desk in the lobby. Test results are required beginning Monday, November 23, 2020.

You can go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov website to obtain information regarding free COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County.

These precautions have been implemented in the best interest and for the safety of those we serve and our dedicated team members. Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines. We will continue to notify you as changes occur.

Thank you for your continued support.

Diane Stern
Executive Director, Revitz House

Simone Brock
Executive Director, Ring House

November 11, 2020 | 5:09 PM

Revitz House Visitation Update

Dear Revitz House residents and families,

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our first priority is to protect the health and well-being of our residents and team members.

On November 2, 2020 we welcomed apartment visits between residents and one family member or friend at Revitz House. This process has been extremely popular and we know that many of you have enjoyed those visits.

Due to the increasing COVID-19 positivity rate in the state of Maryland to over 5%, we are suspending apartment visits as of Wednesday, November 11, 2020 until further notice.

This has been a difficult decision that has not been taken lightly, but we feel that we must enact it to continue to keep our residents and team members safe.

We will continue to notify you as changes happen.

Thank you for your continued support,

Diane Stern
Executive Director, Revitz House

November 11, 2020 | 3:59 PM

Ring House Dining Room Closure

Dear Ring House residents and families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. As we continue to adjust to the challenges caused by this pandemic, we remain agile and vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

As you may know, the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases has increased above 5% in both Montgomery County and the state of Maryland. As we strive to take the necessary precautions to keep our residents and team members safe, we have made the decision that effective on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, our dining room at Ring House will close. Breakfast and dinner will be delivered to residents’ apartments.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our residents and team members in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change.

We will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe, supportive and life-affirming environment for our residents.

Thank you for your continued support,

Simone Brock
Executive Director, Ring House

October 29, 2020 | 10:36 AM

Revitz House – updates on visitation

Dear Revitz House residents and families,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. We are welcoming visitors for indoor visits at Revitz House.

Beginning Monday, November 2, we will welcome apartment visits between residents and one family member or friend in their apartment. Only visitors who have made a reservation online will be permitted.

Families and friends must follow these instructions:
• All visitors are required to report to the guardian desk in the main lobby upon entering the community to complete the health screen and temperature check as well as complete hand sanitizing.
• All visitors are required to sign in using Accushield (digital sign in tool) upon entering the residence.
• A face covering or mask is required (covering mouth and nose) to be worn at all times, even when in the apartment.
• Social distancing at least six feet between persons including staff and resident at all times.
• Only one visitor at a time will be allowed per resident.
• Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed in the residence.
• Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry.
• Visitor must go directly to the resident apartment for visitation. They may not go to other parts of the residence.
• Visitors will leave campus at the end of their visit.
• Visitors are requested to notify the management if they test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days following their visit.
• Any visitor who does not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the residence.
Visiting hours for apartment visits will be at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Visits will be for 1 ½ hours with time in between for staff to sanitize elevators. We will allow 12 visitors total per day.

We have implemented a registration system to make visiting a smooth process. Please sign up using this link.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help the process greatly. We are very excited to have Revitz House family members and friends on campus.

Thank you for your continued support.

Diane Stern
Executive Director, Revitz House

October 27, 2020 | 10:28 AM

Updates to Window Visitation – Wasserman Residence

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents and families,

We continue to follow the guidance of health officials during the current pandemic. Under the direction of the Maryland Department of Health and the Montgomery County Department of Health, we will again make window visitations available to a number of units at our Wasserman Residence.

As of Thursday, October 29, 2020, window visits at our Wasserman Residence will resume for residents living in units 2 West, 4 West and 5 West. Please register by using this link.

We are following precautions with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind. We will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe, supportive and life-affirming environment for our residents and will keep you updated as needed.

Thank you for your continued support,

Le’Shawn Bailey
Executive Director, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

October 16, 2020 | 6:06 PM

Update to Window Visitation – Wasserman Residence

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents and families,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We continue to follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance during the current pandemic. As we continue to adjust to the challenges, we remain agile and vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

As of Friday, October 16, 2020, window visits at our Wasserman Residence are postponed until further notice.

This decision follows guidance that requires that any nursing home or assisted living center must have had no new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Wasserman Residence is currently seeing an increase in active positive cases and we want to minimize any potential exposure when residents are transported to window visit locations. We want to remind you that active cases are recorded on the COVID-19 Status page of our website.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change.

We will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe, supportive and life-affirming environment for our residents.

Thank you for your continued support,

Brenda L. Rice

Vice President, Operations

October 8, 2020 | 2:39 PM

Indoor Visits: Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House residents and families,

We are eager to help reunite residents and their loved ones, and with your help, we are planning to do this safely and smoothly. Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that indoor visitation in nursing homes and assisted living centers may resume, and that centers should follow Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health guidance.

We are planning to welcome visitors for indoor visits in approximately two weeks. According to CMS guidance, to start and continue to have indoor visitors, the nursing home or assisted living center must have had NO new onset COVID-19 cases among residents or employees in the last 14 days and not be currently conducting outbreak testing. Also, the county positivity rates must be in the low (<5%) or medium (5%-10%) categories.

Although we cannot welcome families and friends for indoor visits yet, below are some of the key facts that family members and loved ones of residents living at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House should know about what the CMS guidance allows, the restrictions that will be in place, and how each of you can help us make this successful.

1. Visitors must comply with and adhere to the core principles of infection control:
• Everyone must complete a screening tool and temperature check before entering the building.
• Visitors will be asked to hand sanitize before entering the building.
• Visitors will be required to wear masks during the entire visit and they may also be required to wear other PPE.
• Social distancing during the entire visit. It is imperative that visitors follow strict social distancing restrictions and remain more than 6 feet from residents at all times.

2. Our team is required to monitor if visitors are following these principles and will ask visitors to leave if they are having difficulty adhering.

3. We must limit the number of visitors per resident, as well as the number of visitors in the building at any given time. Only two visitors per resident will be allowed. Only visitors 18 and older will be allowed during indoor visits. We will use the same scheduling tool that we use for virtual and window visits to set up appointments for indoor visits.

4. We must limit the movement of visitors in the residences. Visits will be in specific, designated areas. A visitor cannot walk around the building in areas where they will not be visiting a resident. We will direct visitors on the appropriate route to visit with their loved one, and visitors must follow all of these directions, signage, etc.

We are working hard to keep our entire community of vulnerable older adults healthy and safe and to navigate continually changing guidance. Your continued support, understanding and partnership in this process will help these changes be implemented more smoothly for all involved.

Thank you for your partnership,

Brenda L. Rice
VP, Operations

July 31, 2020 | 6:15 PM

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington Visitation Update

Dear Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents and families,

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our first priority is to protect the health and well-being of our Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) residents and team members.

We understand the importance of connecting in-person and we continue to assess social distancing restrictions. Beginning on Tuesday, August 4, we will welcome visiting with residents through the windows at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. Restrictions on visiting indoors are still in place.

We have implemented a registration system to make visiting a smoother process. Please sign up using this link.

A team member will greet registered families at arrival. Registered family members and friends will be directed to their assigned location. We will follow our social distancing protocols during this process.

Your reserved time is for up to 45 minutes, please be on time for your appointment since appointments have been distributed to accommodate mobility of residents to and from the visiting windows. We want to give everyone an opportunity to visit and time slots will not be extended beyond reserved appointments.

Visiting locations for Smith-Kogod Residence will be the following:

Visitors to residents on the East units will able to visit from patios on the East side of the building. For floors 2 -4, visitors will take an external elevator and sit on the patio outside the resident’s unit.

Visitors to residents on the South units will be assigned to outside the lobby area, outside the conservatory or on the lower level in the back of the building.

Visits at Wasserman Residence will take place outside the lobby, outside the social hall, outside the basement level on the back of the building

Visiting family members and friends must follow these instructions:
• Only two visitors at a time
• Visitors 18 years of age and older please
• Masks must be worn at all times
• Maintain social distancing and stay 6 feet away from each other
• Please do not touch the windows
• Visitations are to be kept to 30 minutes
• Please no eating
• In the event of lightning or other dangerous weather conditions, we will re-schedule your visit.
• Seating will not be furnished. You are welcome to bring a chair for your visit.
• When your visit is over, please leave the property

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines. We understand the importance of connecting in-person, to feel the immediacy of the love and support of those we care deeply about and we are very excited to have Hebrew Home of Greater Washington family members and friends on campus.

Thank you for your continued support.

July 21, 2020 | 2:12 PM

Update on COVID-19 Testing at HHGW

In mid-May, all residents at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House, as well as 888 team members across campus, were tested for COVID-19 as part of Governor Hogan’s plan for one-time, universal coronavirus testing at all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Maryland.

Recently, the Governor announced a new requirement for weekly retesting of skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities staff. Therefore, each week team members at HHGW, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House will be tested for COVID-19. We will continue to update our website daily to reflect the results of our weekly testing.

The data in the COVID-19 status dashboard includes positive and negative test results for residents, the number who have recovered from their illness and the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. We are also sharing positive and negative test results for our team members, as well as how many have returned to work after quarantining and recovering.

June 19, 2020 | 5:01 PM

CESLC Visitation Update

Dear CESLC families and residents,

Our highest priority remains protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve and our team members. We are aware that the Maryland Department of Health has issued guidance for outdoor visits at assisted living facilities.

Our response to the easing of social distancing restrictions is based upon many considerations. The new state guidance will inform our visitation rules for both assisted living residences and our independent living residences.

We are developing processes and procedures to safely implement outside visitation at Cohen-Rosen House, Landow House, Revitz House and Ring House and we anticipate sharing an update on these guidelines with you by Wednesday, June 24.

We acknowledge the emotional impact that social distancing is having on residents, their families and friends. We understand the importance of connecting in-person, to feel the immediacy of the love and support of those we care deeply about.

We hope that everyone understands that our mission to provide quality care and meaningful life experiences for those we serve requires us to remain vigilant against COVID-19. We are committed to keeping our families informed.

Thank you for your continued support,

Brenda Rice
Vice President, Operations

May 29, 2020 | 12:10 PM

Universal testing at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we remain steadfastly committed to protecting the health and well-being of the more than 1,100 older adults we serve at Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC). With more than 556 licensed beds, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (HHGW) is the largest nursing home in Maryland.

Our dedicated team has been leading the way in implementing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and we continue to work with local, state and federal public health agencies. Our team members have been proactive and aggressive in our ongoing battle against the impact of COVID-19, as safeguarding the health of the older adults we serve remains our top priority.

On May 18 and 19, all residents at HHGW, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House, as well as 888 team members across campus, were tested for COVID-19 as part of the Governor’s plan for one-time, universal coronavirus testing at all nursing homes and assisted-living facilities throughout Maryland. Also on May 18, as part of the Governor’s initiative, members from the National Guard and the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) visited HHGW to assess our infection control practices and to observe our COVID-19 Recovery Units and other units at both residences. They concluded that we were following proper infection control practices and found that the staff was doing a remarkable job. We are so proud of every member of our team for putting our mission into action – delivering quality care to older adults.

The testing results show that eight residents tested positive for COVID-19, which reflects 2.2 percent of those tested; five test results are still pending. Most of those tested were asymptomatic for the coronavirus. Additionally, 888 CESLC team members were tested and 12 tested positive, with 851 testing negative and 21 test results still pending.

Residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are receiving care in our COVID-19 Recovery Units at HHGW. Any team member who tested positive or who was unable to be tested will be unable to work based on the most recent CDC guidance on return-to-work criteria for healthcare providers.

Moving forward, CESLC will continue to follow the aggressive measures we began weeks ago to intensify recommended daily infection control efforts, including:
• Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces and providing hand sanitizer in all common areas.
• The closure of all residences to visitors, with very limited exceptions.
• The closure of all dining venues and suspension of communal life and leisure recreation programs.
• Temperature and pulse oxygenation checks for residents every four hours, as well as temperature checks for all team members every four hours.
• Facilitation of various virtual connections between our residents and loved ones.

As we face head-on the ongoing challenges that COVID-19 presents to our community, we remain dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the older adults that we are proud to serve every day.

Brenda Rice
Vice President, Operations

Elisa Gil-Pires, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs / Medical Director

May 14, 2020 | 3:17 PM

Update on Testing and Reporting

We continue to publish COVID-19 data on our website. The data is updated daily and reflects positive and negative test results for residents, the number who have recovered from their illness and the number of deaths. We are also sharing positive and negative test results for our team members, as well as how many have returned to work after quarantining and recovering.

We continue to prioritize testing based on guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health. Over the past few days we increased testing at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (HHGW), and additional residents and team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, until on-site rapid testing is available, we must rely on the limited information provided by current test technology.

Recently, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered all Maryland nursing home residents and staff to be tested for the coronavirus regardless of whether or not they have exhibited any symptoms of the virus. In his statement, the Governor said that this universal testing will likely lead to a significant increase in the number of nursing home residents and staff who test positive for the virus.

We are currently awaiting delivery of additional testing kits from the State of Maryland and we will be testing all residents and team members at HHGW as well as Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House in the next two weeks. Again, as our testing increases, we expect to identify more individuals who test positive for the virus even though they are asymptomatic. These new numbers will be reflected in the data on our website.

If you have questions about residents of HHGW, please call the unit where your loved one lives. For questions about other residents, please speak with the administrator of the specific residence.

May 7, 2020 | 9:50 AM

COVID-19 Update

As we continue to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to providing important updates and useful information. We are pleased to share that seven residents have recovered from the illness and moved from the COVID-19 Recovery Unit at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (HHGW) back to their respective home units.

We also want to remind you that even as states begin to lift their individual stay-at-home orders, we continue to follow guidance from the CDC, the Maryland Department of Health and the Office of Health Care Quality to significantly restrict all visitors and non-essential personnel on our campus with limited exceptions for certain situations such as end-of-life care.

To safeguard the well-being of your loved ones, it is important that you continue to refrain from visiting our campus at this time. We will continue to provide you with regular updates, including changes to the visiting restrictions.

These precautions have been implemented in the best interest and for the safety of those we serve and our dedicated team members. We know that this crisis has been very challenging to Charles E. Smith Life Communities residents and their families, who have been separated for several weeks. We encourage you to continue to communicate through virtual visits that you can schedule here.

If you have questions about residents of HHGW, please call the unit where your loved one lives. For questions about other residents, please speak with the administrator of the specific residence.

Our visitation restrictions are critical safeguards to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to brighter days ahead.

April 28, 2020 | 3:18 PM

COVID-19 Data Reporting

As we address the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we remain committed to protecting the health and well-being of the older adults we serve as well as our team members.

In order to help family members stay informed, COVID-19 data is now published on our website. The data will be updated daily and reflects positive and negative test results for residents, the number who have recovered from their illness and the number of deaths. We will also share positive and negative test results for our team members, as well as how many have returned to work after quarantining and recovering. Testing will continue to be prioritized following guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health.

The COVID-19 data reflects residents and team members with confirmed positive tests as of the date indicated on the dashboard and is the latest information available as of the date noted. The data is being shared with public health officials and, in combination with other resources, is being used to inform public health decisions.

We understand how stressful the current circumstances are for families who are unable to be with their loved ones residing at Charles E. Smith Life Communities and we hope that sharing this information will provide a snapshot of the status of COVID-19 on our campus.

If you have questions about residents of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, please call the unit where your loved one lives. For questions about other residents, please speak with the administrator of the specific residence.

April 19, 2020 | 9:50 AM

COVID-19 Scams

ElderSAFE™ Center, a program of Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), is committed to safeguarding older adults from financial exploitation.

During these unprecedented times, as cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread across our region, we are also seeing a surge in scams capitalizing on fears surrounding this pandemic. Scammers are offering COVID-19 testing, promises of a vaccine or cure, or ways to obtain hard to locate products. Please consider the following five tips to protect yourself and loved ones:

  • Avoid telemarketing calls or email solicitations. Scammers may call or email pretending to represent the government, charities, airlines or healthcare agencies. They take advantage of the fear surrounding the crisis of this pandemic to collect personal information that can be used to steal or defraud.
  • Take extra precaution about the information you share over the phone and online. Never provide your date of birth, social security number, financial data or other personal information without verifying the authenticity of the request.
  • Look out for scams that claim to have a product that will prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19. Scammers offering products that are difficult to find may charge above market value and never send the product after receiving your payment.
  • Be cautious of COVID-19 tracking apps. These apps may be used to steal your sensitive information or control your phone.
  • Do not open your door to someone you do not know, and keep your neighbors informed when door-to-door services like home repair, sanitation or COVID-19 home testing representatives are in your neighborhood.

As we face the steep challenges ahead, rest assured we remain committed to protecting the safety and well-being of the older adults we serve in our residential and broader CESLC community.

April 14, 2020 | 2:15 PM

Telehealth at CESLC

We are excited to announce the launch of new telehealth capabilities to extend the medical care provided by our team of physicians during the current pandemic. Whether the patient is receiving post-acute care at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, or remaining in their apartment at Ring House, telehealth will allow them to access their CESLC physician (or other healthcare provider), without the risk associated with direct contact.

“Telehealth is an important strategy to protect our older adults,” said Dr. Elisa Gil-Pires, Vice President of Medical Affairs. “It facilitates consultations with medical providers and assures continuity of care especially at a time when social distancing is such an important safety consideration.”

In addition to our own medical team, the telehealth initiative also includes healthcare from consultants such as psychiatrists, wound care specialists, psychologists and hospice teams providing specialty services to patients.

Earlier this week, we began contacting patients (or their healthcare surrogates) to obtain the requisite consent. If you have any questions about the telehealth services, please contact the nursing unit where the patient resides at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington or the Hirsh Health Center for patients who receive care from that practice.

At CESLC, the health and well-being of our patients and our team is our first priority and we thank you for your support during this global health emergency.

April 8, 2020 | 12:16 PM

Passover at CESLC

During these challenging times, we remain steadfastly committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of the older adults living at Charles E. Smith Life Communities as well as our team members.

At the same time, we recognize that this unique moment in history affords many opportunities to innovate. We are working to overcome barriers and to proactively identify new ways to ensure the health and well-being of our residents while remaining responsive to their social and emotional needs. One example is our planning for Pesach.

We are grateful to the dynamic teams across campus working on alternatives to the traditional family and communal Seders. This year, residents will observe Passover in their apartments. Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents will participate in livestreamed Seders hosted by Director of Pastoral Care Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman and Rabbi James Michaels. A model Seder video will also be available to residents across campus and accessible via closed circuit television and YouTube. We want to share this video with everyone celebrating the holiday at home while social distancing. Please enjoy these meaningful traditions even though you may not physically be with family and friends.

It is customary to end a Passover Seder with an invocation: L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim (Next Year in Jerusalem). For all of us this week, that statement takes on a greater meaning. Next year, may we all be healthy and rejoice once again in each other’s company.

Pesach Sameach!

April 2, 2020 | 3:08 PM

Stay at Home Order follow up

At Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), the health, safety and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is our top priority.

Maryland Governor Hogan issued a stay at home order, directing Maryland residents not to leave their homes beginning March 30, at 8 p.m.  For their own safety and the safety of others, it is critical that everyone living at CESLC stay home in their residences until this order is lifted.

What this means to CESLC residents:

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Landow House and Cohen-Rosen House:

  • Meal/food deliveries to the Wasserman Residence or Smith-Kogod Residence are no longer permitted. Although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is essential to reduce travel within each residence.
  • We continue to enforce the no-visitation policy.
  • Please do not drop off laundry for Hebrew Home of Greater Washington residents. Contact the laundry manager, Cheri at 301-770-8411, if we need to tag your loved ones laundry.

Revitz House and Ring House:

  • Please do not visit our campus unless you must deliver food or medicine to your loved ones. These deliveries will continue to be dropped off at the front door for staff to deliver to apartments.
  • Except for medical reasons, residents are not permitted off-campus. Any resident leaving campus should be prepared to stay off campus for the duration of the stay at home order. We are not making this decision lightly, but with the spread of COVID-19 in Montgomery County continuing to grow, we believe this is necessary to protect our most vulnerable population.

We understand the importance of connecting our residents with their friends and family and we continue to encourage you to call your loved ones frequently or schedule a virtual visit on this page under Resources.

If you have questions about residents of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please speak with the administrators.

April 2, 2020 | 12:20 PM

Updated Media Statement

We remain committed in our efforts to protect the health and well-being of the older adults we serve at Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC).

CESLC continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as we respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the unique threat it presents to our vulnerable population. Even with these proactive measures and procedures in place, we learned on March 31 that a resident from Smith-Kogod Residence and on April 2 that a resident from Wasserman Residence tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital. Both patients remain hospitalized, and our hearts and prayers go out to the patients and the families. We are actively monitoring our residents and team members for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are working with the Montgomery County and State of Maryland health departments.

As we address the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus, we will continue to work with local, state and CDC health officials to determine next steps. The safety, health and well-being of our residents and team members remains our highest priority.

 

March 15, 2020 | 5:03 PM

Message from our President/CEO

Dear CESLC community,

These are unprecedented times for our nation and the world as we address the challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and well-being of our residents and team members is our highest priority. We are following guidance from the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are working closely with local, state and federal public health agencies.

CMS has announced new measures to promote social distancing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Therefore, effective Monday evening, March 16, we are eliminating communal dining throughout CESLC as well as group activities.  Residents of Ring House, Revitz House and Landow House will receive nutritious meals delivered to their apartments. The cafés for Revitz House and Ring House were closed on Sunday afternoon. Residents of Cohen-Rosen House will dine in small groups in community rooms throughout the residence. We have also modified the dining experience for Hebrew Home residents to be consistent with social distancing guidelines.

Our responses to COVID-19 encompass intensified efforts on infection control, including more frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces and reemphasizing proper hand sanitation. Additionally, inventories of supplies, food and other items are being monitored and replenished.

Here are a few additional responses we implemented to protect our community:

  • We closed all residences to visitors. There are limited exceptions for entry to residences for family members and guardians in certain situations, such as end-of-life care.
  • Medical and allied health professionals are permitted entry after they complete both a health/travel screen and a temperature check for fever.
  • Residents are able to attend outpatient medical appointments, but transportation personnel may not enter the residence. We are encouraging telemedicine appointments to replace office visits, when possible.
  • We are strongly discouraging residents from all non-essential travel outside of the campus, including shopping trips. Personal care attendants can bring items to residents when necessary. Also, we will accept deliveries at the front desks of all residences.

As much as possible, we are focused on maintaining a sense of normalcy. We encourage you to call your loved ones frequently or schedule a virtual visit by emailing virtualvisit@ceslc.org.

As we face these unprecedented challenges, we rely on the extensive training, skill and experience of our dedicated team members to care for and support our residents. We will continue to do what we do best – deliver a safe, supportive and life-affirming environment for our residents. The situation is fluid and we will remain agile and vigilant, making adjustments as necessary and informed by the guidance of health officials.

If you have not already done so, please visit our website’s COVID-19 page at smithlifecommunities.org and provide your email and mobile number.  Our goal is to update this page twice a week, and more frequently should the need arise. If you have questions about residents of Hebrew Home, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please call the administrators.

In closing, I want you to know that we feel privileged to care for our community of older adults and humbled by the trust you have placed in us. Thank you for your continued support.

Bruce J. Lederman
President/CEO

March 11, 2020 | 3:56 PM

Visitation Update – COVID-19

As cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to spread across our region and pose an increased threat to our older population, it remains our responsibility to protect the well-being and safety of our residents and team members. Therefore, as a preventative measure we will close all residences on campus to all visitors as of today, March 11 at 5 p.m. There will be limited exceptions for family members and guardians in certain situations such as end-of-life care.

We ask that you please refrain from attempting to visit our campus or any residences at this time. We know that this may be very difficult for residents and their families, but these precautions are being implemented with the best interest and utmost safety of those we serve, and our team, in mind.

We understand that being able to communicate with your loved one is very important. If you would like to schedule a virtual visit, please email virtualvisit@ceslc.org

If you have any questions about residents of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, please call the unit nurse manager. For questions about residents at all other residences, please call the administrators.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as this situation continues to evolve.

March 7, 2020 | 2:50 PM

New Access Rules in Effect

Please note the updated policy regarding visitation to all residences on campus.

Only ADULT family members, responsible parties, and personal aides who do not exhibit flu-like symptoms may enter any of the residences on our campus until further notice.

  • Residents are limited to two visitors per day
  • All outside events being held on campus are cancelled
  • All visitors must complete and pass a health/travel screen
  • No one will be permitted with a temperature of 100 or above
  • Visiting hours are limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind and they may change as conditions evolve.

March 6, 2020 | 6:40 PM

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

At CESLC, the health, safety and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is always our top priority. As health officials in Maryland recently confirmed the first three cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Montgomery County, we are initiating additional precautionary measures.

Beginning tomorrow (March 7) morning:

  • Only adult family members, responsible parties and personal aides who do not exhibit any flu-like symptoms may visit any of the residences on our campus.
  • Those who are permitted to visit will be required to complete a health/travel attestation prior to entry. If any answer on the attestation is “yes,” they will not be permitted entry.

In addition to the above, tomorrow afternoon we will begin to take the temperature of all visitors. Those with a temperature of 100 and above will not be permitted entry.

Additionally, in an effort to minimize and control any potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, we are implementing the following changes in procedures:

  • Please consider limiting the number of visitors and frequency of any visits.
  • All outside events being held on campus are cancelled.
  • Visiting hours are now limited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These precautions are being implemented with the best interest and safety of our patients, residents and team members in mind and will be updated as the need for precautions change.

March 3, 2020 | 12:10 PM

Update from CESLC on coronavirus outbreak

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is our priority to take steps to protect our residents, visitors and our team members.

At this time, CESLC continues to follow recommended sanitizing and infection control practices to prevent the spread of flu and other viruses.

We ask individuals who are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms not to visit residents at this time. Our team members are following the same guidance.

We are making Skype available to residents who want to remain in touch with friends and family members who are unable to visit our campus.

As previously requested, if you have traveled to a country where a travel advisory is in effect, or to an area in the U.S. that is known to have experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, be sure to monitor your health for symptoms.

Upon entering a residence, please apply hand sanitizer available at all entrances throughout our campus. Additionally please follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trash receptacle.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
March 1, 2020 | 12:12 PM

Message to the CESLC community

CESLC is closely monitoring the incidence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are in close contact with the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. CESLC is committed to the health and safety of our residents, visitors and team members on our campus and we are prepared to implement public health recommendations as required.

Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on this webpage as it becomes available.

We also encourage you to sign up for email alerts on the form on this webpage.

 

 

Residence

Active Cases Residents

Active Cases Team Members 

Cohen-Rosen House

0

1

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington – Wasserman Residence

0

0

Hebrew Home of Greater Washington – Smith-Kogod Residence

0

1

Landow House

0

0

Revitz House

0

0

Ring House

0

0

Data reflects updates as of midnight 4/20/2021. Revitz House and Ring House resident data is based on self-reporting.

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