CJE's Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccine Update—April 6, 20211

April 6, 2021

 

Dear CJE Clients, Residents, Family Members, and Caregivers:

CJE has already administered the vaccine to the majority of residents and staff (with their permission) at Weinberg Community, Lieberman Center, Tamarisk NorthShore and the affordable housing buildings.  

PLEASE NOTE: CJE does not have vaccine available for the general public/community.  We recommend that you speak with your physician and check the website of the county or city where you live.

Illinois is in Phase 1b rollout of the vaccine. For FAQs, click here: COVID-19 Vaccine | IDPH (illinois.gov). When you do become available to receive the vaccine, check this website to register at a location that is convenient for you—Vaccination Location (illinois.gov). 

We continue to follow all recommended screening, testing and vaccination procedures, per IDPH.

In the meantime, 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. We continue to have leadership meetings with all our Jewish Federation partners and will let you know when our situation changes.

 

Bernard Horwich Building

As of April 1, the Main Entrance remains locked to the public except for scheduled JCC appointments. 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.

JCC employees monitor the south side of the Main Entrance to screen and take Fitness Members’ temperatures of those who have made a specific reservation for a workout time.

Like CJE, the JCC requires that all staff and Fitness Members use masks, practice social distancing and be vigilant about building and personal sanitizing.  They do have very specific rules on pool usage, number of people allowed in each class, etc., which has been included in their communications to Fitness Members.

The Early Childhood Program is also operating in the building, but children are masked if they are in the main lobby.

 

CJE SeniorLife

CJE is not currently 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 are still prohibited from traveling to CJE’s different buildings to lessen the potential of virus spread.

Throughout CJE, we are also enforcing strict quarantine measure for our staff who have either traveled out of the country and/or to COVID hot spots in the United States. CJE staff are not allowed to go from building to building unless they have been vaccinated and/or tested as well.

 

Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community

Thankfully, these locations have not seen active COVID cases since January and we can now begin accepting new residents at both buildings.

Both Lieberman Center is currently accepting outside family visits on a scheduled basis. Check LiebermanCenter.net for details. It is also developing protocols for small group dining and life enrichment activities.  Weinberg Community is accepting inside visiting within residents’ apartments, also on a scheduled basis. Check WeinbergCommunity.net for details. All protocols such as masking, social distancing and regular handwashing remain in place.

Adult Day Services in Deerfield remains closed but is hoping to re-open soon with limited capacity.

We continue to provide PPE without any limitations to our staff, which has been the case from the beginning. They have adequate supplies of N95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.

All residents and staff are regularly screened for symptoms.

  1. Any COVID cases are reported to the community within 12 hours.
  2. Additional handwashing, sanitation of common areas being done routinely.
  3. PPE is being used and distributed as needed.
  4. 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.

 

Community-Based Services

Adult Day Services in Evanston has moved to its new temporary headquarters at Village Center, 5120 Galitz in Skokie. Although it is now closed, it has approval from IDOA to re-open, which we expect to do shortly.

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. More info to come!

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.

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.

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,

 

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Dan Fagin
President & CEO, CJE SeniorLife