June 1, 2021
Dear CJE Clients, Residents, Family Members, and Caregivers:
We continue to monitor our COVID-19 situation and are following the recommended guidelines by the State of Illinois, Cook County Health Department, Lake County Health Department, IDPH, IDOA, the CDC and other health regulatory authorities.
Since CJE has so many different programs throughout metropolitan Chicago, we need to be on top of the regulations that impact seniors in a wide variety of settings, whether they are living in their own home in the community or in one of CJE’s buildings, including Weinberg Community for Assisted Living in Deerfield or Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Skokie.
Bernard Horwich Building
CJE Employees continue to use the north side of the Main Entrance to accommodate staff who want to come into the building during the week. Temperature and screening protocols remain the same. Although the JCC is no longer requiring that staff wear or fitness participants wear masks if they are vaccinated, CJE is still asking that staff wear a mask and socially distance when possible.
CJE is not yet seeing clients at the BHB building, however, discussion is underway on how to slowly open up programs once more community members are vaccinated. In the meantime, CJE Staff are always welcome to work at the building during regular hours. Employees are screened and their temperatures are taken.
- In an abundance of caution, and because we serve an especially vulnerable population, we will evaluate the situation daily to determine the best date and procedures for opening our doors for in-person visits. At the appropriate time, CJE will implement a phased re-opening for clients, most likely by appointment only to limit the number of people in our waiting room.
- Clients and/or future clients can contact our main number 773.508.1000 to have telephonic consultations for consumer assistance, counseling or care management. Documents and letters can be placed into the mailbox on the outside of the JCC/Horwich Building.
- Many administrative employees are still working remotely. Some employees have been re-assigned to help in buildings that need assistance. Employees who are working in our residential buildings are still tested regularly and are encouraged to get vaccinated.
Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community
Thankfully, these locations are now accepting new residents at both buildings.
Lieberman Center is currently accepting outside family visits on a scheduled basis. Inside visits on the floors are being planned but are now by appointment in the Library if the weather does not cooperate with outside visiting. Check LiebermanCenter.net for details. It is also developing protocols for small group dining and providing some life enrichment activities.
Weinberg Community is accepting inside visiting within residents’ apartments, also on a scheduled basis as well as outside visits. Communal dining has started, as have social programs but with smaller numbers of participants. Check WeinbergCommunity.net for details.
Adult Day Services in Deerfield is re-opening soon.
All residents and staff are regularly screened for symptoms.
- Any COVID cases are reported to the community within 12 hours.
- Additional handwashing, sanitation of common areas being done routinely.
- PPE is being used and distributed as needed.
- Any resident with signs or symptoms of COVID-related illness will be isolated.
Residents and family members receive a Call Em All directly if there is a change in the number of residents/staff with COVID.
Adult Day Services in Evanston has moved to its new temporary headquarters at Village Center, 5120 Galitz in Skokie. It is currently open and accepting new clients.
In the meantime, the Evanston location is being renovated. This exciting project will modernize and incorporate the Evanston ADS program into a new affordable housing apartment building complex which has recently been named The Ann Rainey Apartments in honor of the former Alderman.
More home-delivered meals than ever are being brought to frail or homebound individuals. Volunteers who deliver meals have been given new protocols that practice social distancing and prevent them from entering any homes. Masks and gowns are provided to them. In addition, an increasing number of our regular volunteers have been calling hundreds of homebound clients, providing friendly “wellness checks,” which is just one way for seniors in our community to feel less isolated during this time. Soon, more volunteer assistance will be seen in the buildings too.
We continue to be very innovative in re-imagining many of our programs so we can provide clients and residents with telehealth counseling and streaming life enrichment classes. Checkout some of our Cyber Club classes which are also available to community members—https://www.cje.net/cyberclub. More information about our Counseling Services can be found here--https://www.cje.net/counseling.
Our new independent living community in Deerfield, Tamarisk NorthShore, is open and residents have been moving into their apartment homes. The first floor living room, with a gorgeous fireplace where people will mingle, is furnished and is a sight to behold. You can make an appointment for an individual or digital tour now by calling Paisley Valentincic at 847.597.8772. Check out the Tamarisk website for a virtual tour, tamarisknorthshore.com, to learn more and to read about its specific precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Several Lunch and Learn Programs with exciting speakers are planned.
While it looks like we are slowly getting back to business as usual, we will continue to err on the side of caution if necessary. We are thankful for your patience, trust and support during this challenging time. I will continue to stay in touch via our website, eblasts or phone calls to let you know of any significant changes or developments.
Stay safe and be well,
President & CEO, CJE SeniorLife