Outdoor visits begin at the JAA
COVID-19Visits must be scheduled in advance

Outdoor visits begin at the JAA

Strict safety protocols are in place

Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. (File photo)
Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. (File photo)

UPDATE, June 5, 5:52 p.m., from Tinsy Labrie, the JAA’s director of marketing and PR: “We just received new guidance this afternoon from PA asking that all long-term care facilities put a moratorium on outdoor visits for 28 days after going green.
We have now rescheduled our outdoor visits to be window visits and will wait another month before we can do more outdoors.”

The Jewish Association on Aging is now allowing outdoor visits for families to reconnect with their loved ones. All visits must be prearranged and scheduled in advance.

For more than two months, the JAA had prohibited all visits to its residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of press time, no resident at any JAA facility has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Strict protocols have been implemented to protect both residents and visitors during the outdoor visits, including: only one family is permitted at a time; no more than two family members are permitted during each visit; social distancing is required with face masks during the entire visit; and no hugging, kissing or touching is permitted during the visit.

All visits are under supervision of a JAA staff person to ensure that social distancing and face mask rules are adhered to at all times, according to a press release.

Visits are scheduled for 20 minutes and are only permitted as frequently as time permits to allow visits for all residents throughout each community, and no packages can be given directly to a resident.

For more information, including visiting hours, and to schedule a visit, contact the facilities directly at the following email addresses: AHAVA Memory Care Center, Suzanne Kline skline@jaapgh.org or Liz Powell epowell@jaapgh.org; Charles Morris Nursing and Rehab Center, Sharyn Rubin srubin@jaapgh.org; Weinberg Terrace, Rena Becker rbecker@jaapgh.org; and Weinberg Village, Sandra Dojcak sdojcak@jaapgh.org. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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