Current Updates

Update: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Update: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Update: Friday, May 21, 2021, Communication re: masking and shields

Dear JSL Employees:

There has been a lot of communication recently about the loosening of restrictions that are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. The CDC and NYS have announced lifting of mask requirements in many settings, for fully vaccinated individuals. However, this does not apply to healthcare settings (hospitals, nursing homes etc.).

At Jewish Home we must continue to wear a mask and shield when at work. It is critical that we continue to protect not only the health and safety of our residents but also all of our employees.

We implemented the additional layer of protection with the use of face shields early on in the Pandemic and feel if was helpful to our success in controlling the infections rates among our residents and employees. We also know face shields can be uncomfortable and challenging especially as the weather gets warmer.

The face shield is an additional layer of protection against the virus, which we all are aware is now mutating. As a reminder, your face shield is required only to be worn when providing care  and when in close contact with a resident or each other (less than 6 feet). You do not need to wear
the shield when outdoors. 

We will continue to monitor the Federal, State and Monroe County infectious rates and our infection rates across JSL. We are extremely proud of each of you, your continued compassion and care for our residents and each
other. We are very thankful you are part of our Jewish Home team!

Stay Safe,

Michael S. King, President & CEO

Michele Schirano, RN, Senior VP/Administrator

Susan Bussey, Senior VP of Housing

Update: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:00 AM – Information on 20201 United Way Campaign

Update: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 10:30 AM

Update: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00 AM

Update: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 10:00 AM

Update: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, December 31, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 9:00 AM

Local news coverage about the small greenhouses we have for our families to visit their loved one.

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Update: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12:00 PM

Update: Tuesday, December 3, 2020, 9:00 AM

Please watch the videos on proper PPE application techniques.

Face Mask VIDEO



Update: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 9:00 AM

Below is a brief video showing how the ReadyDock Duo works.  There are also step by step instructions posted on each device as well.  Please note that the video shows a 30 second sanitize cycle, our devices are set to 60 second cycles.

Update: New Cottage Entrance Process

Update: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 9:00 AM

Note: The Project Search parade mentioned in video took place on Wednesday, August 26th.

Update: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9:00 AM

To learn more about the vaccine trial mentioned in the video, visit covidresearch.urmc.edu  or by calling (585) 273-3990.

Update: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, July 2, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, June 4, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Thursday, May 28, 2020, 9:00 AM

May 28, 2020

We are sure many of you have questions regarding the COVID-19 employee testing. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Please take a minute to read this document.

FAQs for COVID-19 employee testing FAQ

If you have further questions, please email COVIDquestions@jewishhomeroc.org.

Thank you for your continued support caring for our residents and each other.

Please remember to wear your masks and shields where and when necessary, practice social distancing and wash your hands.

Update: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 8:30 AM

Update: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:30 AM

Update: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:30 AM

Update: Please view this video on CPR Safety During COVID-19

Update: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 9:00 AM

Please watch the videos on proper PPE application techniques.

Face Mask VIDEO



Update: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00 AM

A Place for Relaxation will continue this week. An appointment is required and priority scheduling will be given to clinical staff. Contact Marie Rowling at ext. 6501 to schedule your appointment.

New permanent location: Atkin Center, Adult Day Health Care, Quiet Room

Days and times available:
Tuesday, 4/21 – 10:30-11:30 am, 2:30-4:30 pm
Wednesday4/22 – 10:30-11:30 am, 2:30-4:30 pm
Thursday4/23 – 10:30-11:30 am, 2:30-4:30 pm

Update: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 5:00 PM

Update: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:30 PM

As referenced by Dr. Marie Aydelotte, employees can asked to be tested for COVID-19 if they have  fever and/or respiratory symptoms. To schedule test at Jewish Home, call Employee Health X 6409 or 784-6409.

To be seen at Strong Urgent Care (tell them you are Jewish Home health care personnel), contact the urgent care convenient to you at:

  • Henrietta (585) 413-1800
  • Greece (585) 276-9100
  • Penfield (585) 276-8280
  • Pittsford (585) 203-1055

Update: Monday, April 6, 2020, 9:00 AM

TO:                        All Jewish Home Employees
FROM:                  Michele Schirano, RN, Administrator; Marie Aydelotte, MD, Chief Medical Officer
DATE:                   April 6, 2020
SUBJECT:            Department of Health
Directive: Protocol for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection

In accordance with NYS Department of Health, we are providing this directive regarding updated protocols for staff in healthcare and other direct care settings for return to work following COVID-19 exposure or positive testing.

A staff member is still expected to work if they have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case. In that case, the following conditions must be met:

  • If the staff member has no symptoms, they will be temperature checked daily; twice per day if working double shifts.
  • If the staff member has symptoms and/or a temperature of >100°, they will be referred to their doctor for an evaluation.
    • Because they are health care personnel, which is a high priority group, a COVID-19 test should be ordered with priority for rapid results.
    • If the personal physician chooses not to perform a COVID-19 test, or the staff member doesn’t have a physician, they are referred to the Monroe County COVID hotline at (585) 753-5555 or covid19@monroecounty.gov.
      They should state that they are health care personnel and COVID-19 test with rapid results is needed.
  • If the staff member is symptomatic, seen by their doctor and has a negative test, they may return to work after 72 hours fever-free without the use of
    fever reducing medications.
  • If the staff member is symptomatic and has a positive test, they must quarantine for 7 days at home, then return to work after 72 hours fever-free without the use of fever reducing medications. They also must wear a facemask every day upon return.
  • When a staff member returns to work under these conditions, they should maintain self-quarantine when not at work.

We recognize this is a stressful time for everyone. We also recognize that at Jewish Home, we are all essential employees. We continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for you and our residents and patients.

Thank you for your continued commitment.

Update: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:00 AM

Update: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 PM

Message sent on behalf of Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Michele Schirano and Deb Wegman:

Please take a moment and read the Mask Information sheet below. This is for all Jewish Home staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to covidquestions@jewishhomeroc.org.

Mask Information Sheet

Update: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:00 PM

A Place for Relaxation

We appreciate your commitment and support to our patients and residents during this challenging time. We want to provide a dedicated place for you to relax, recharge your system and reduce some stress and anxiety.

Beginning this week in the Farash Tower Learning Center, we are providing employees with free chair massages, breathing and relaxation techniques. Carmen Ramos and Liz Nally will be on hand to provide these services.

An appointment is required and priority in scheduling will be given to clinical staff. Contact Marie Rowling at extension 6501 to schedule your appointment.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 4/1         10:00-11:30 am, 2:30-4:00 pm
Thursday, 4/2            10:00-11:30 am, 2:30– 4:00 pm

There is a maximum of eight people in the room at one time. Sessions are five minutes long. No cell phone use during your time there.

We are offering free basic haircut services by our hairdressers with priority scheduling for clinical staff. You must make an appointment.

Please call Zhanna Conolly at extension 6560 if you are interested.

Also please remember the Wellness Gym is available and open around the clock, 24/7. Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being.

Visit the Gym for a treadmill walk, workout with weights, or try one of the Fitness On Demand™ workouts. There is something for everyone and every fitness skill level. All employees must complete an orientation before using any of the equipment. If you have not completed the orientation, call extension 6529 to schedule an appointment. When you go to the Wellness Gym for any kind of workout, make sure you sign in. And remember, while it’s okay to work out with friends, you must remain 6 feet apart from another person.

Thank you!

Update: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 3:00 PM

Please watch the video below for the most recent update on our response to COVID-19. It includes information that was shared with family members during a call-in session yesterday afternoon.

Update: Monday, March 23, 2020, 1:30 PM

Memo sent to all Jewish Home Staff, from Michael King, President & CEO, Michele Schirano, Administrator and Dr. Marie Aydelotte, Chief Medical Officer

RE: COVID-19 Diagnosis

We want to let each of you know that a rehab patient has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We set up stringent protocols over a week ago in anticipation of possible COVID-19 diagnoses.  Any admission into the Jewish Home, Summit or Wolk Manor will be on isolation in a private room for several days.  Staff entering the room must use personal protective equipment, per the isolation policy.

Any staff members that may have had contact with the positive patient on rehab are being contacted and asked to self-monitor for 14 days, but can continue to work as long as asymptomatic. They must wear a mask at all times during work hours.

We know this will create enhanced anxiety and stress, not only for you, but our families and residents.  Please remember that we are a “family among families” and all of us are connected.  Now, more than ever, we need to stay strong and vigilant for those entrusted in our care.

We will continue to keep you informed of any new developments as they occur. 

Please email any questions to covidquestions@jewishhomeroc.org

Update: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30 PM

Please watch the video below for the most recent update on our response to COVID-19 and answers to frequently asked questions we have received from employees. A new video will be posted every Friday.

Update: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3:00 PM

This is a reminder that UR Medicine Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is still open for business and offers both telephone and telehealth appointments so that people can get the support they need while practicing “social distancing.”

To schedule an appointment, please call 585-276-9110.

Additionally, UR Medicine Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has provided the following document with tips for coping with stress related to COVID-19.

UR Medicine EAP COVID Tips Sheet


Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9:00 AM

We have received the following from Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

  • There will be no cost services to members seeing a PCP or Urgent Care which results in testing (and also the test itself) for COVID-19
  • Telehealth visits (MD Live) will be covered in full through the duration of the “state of emergency” period. Attached is a copy of the MD Live registration flyer as that is the best first step to use the program.

If anyone has any questions please contact Carissa Wolson at 784-6398 or cwoolson@jewishhomeroc.org.

Excellus- MD Live Registration


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 4:30 PM

Success Coach
office hours for Chanel Terrell, Jewish Home Success Coach, are suspended until further notice. This is because of the mandated campus visitor restrictions in place at this time.

Chanel is available by email: chanel.terrell@successcoach-roc.org or can call/text her at 585-944-4975. Chanel is available to connect employees to the resources that they need to lessen the worry and stress of balancing work and life.

We will keep you informed when Chanel will resume on-site office hours. Thank you.

Child Care/Meal Resources
Below are some resources they may be of interest to you and your family.  Please keep in mind things are changing daily.

Chanel Terrell, Success Coach
Call or text:  (585) 944-4975
Email:  chanel.terrell@successcoach-roc.org

YMCA – Registration is open for Emergency School Age Care at the following locations:

  • (City of Rochester) Carlson MetroCenter YMCA – 585-325-2880
    • Maplewood Family and Lewis Street Child Care Center
    • Must register in person
  • (Eastside & Westside YMCA’s) YMCA Camp Arrowhead – 585-383-4590
    • Bay View Family, Eastside Family, Schottland Family, Northwest Family, Westside Family
    • Register on-line
    • There are only a limited number of spots at each site.  If it is full, you will go on a waiting list.

Child Care Council – 585-654-4720. Employees can call or fill out a profile on childcarecouncil.com to gain referrals 

Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester Owens House Crisis Nursery
201 Genesee Park Blvd                                                       
464 Rosewood Terrace
Monica Sandra

  • The above two are only accepting children with parents that are homeless, mental health emergencies/concerns and domestic violence.  Call to inquire and complete a phone screen.

Meals for your kids

If you’re in need of meals for your kids, the following recreation centers will provide pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.:

  • 85 Adams St.
  • 200 Ave. D
  • 500 Carter St.
  • Tyshaun Caldwell, 524 Campbell St.
  • Frederick Douglass, 990 South Ave
  • 271 Flint St.
  • David Gantt, 700 North St.
  • Trenton-Pamela Jackson (Clinton-Baden), 485 N. Clinton Ave
  • Thomas Ryan, 530 Webster Ave

The following schools will also provide grab-and-go meals from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

  • East Upper and Lower School, 1801 East Main St.
  • Freddie Thomas Campus, 625 Scio St.
  • Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Pk.

Thank you for all that you are doing through this ever-changing and challenging time!


Update: Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:40 PM

To all Jewish Home staff:

As some of you may be aware, The Friendly Home reported yesterday that one of their employees tested positive for the COVID- 19 virus. The employee did not provide direct care to their residents and had recently traveled to Miami. The Friendly Home followed all the required protocols and  this employee, along with four co-workers, will self- quarantine at home. They will be allowed to return to work when cleared by the Department of Health.

These are extremely challenging times for all of us, our families, our friends, neighbors and the entire world! I am sure each of you are dealing with stressful times in your own lives. At Jewish Home, now is the time, more than ever, we need to stand together and provide a united front
against this terrible virus so that our residents are safe and well. Everyone at Jewish Home is considered essential to this effort. We need everyone on site and working together for those entrusted in our care, the most frail and vulnerable in our community.

We are staying in close contact with the local and state health departments and are following their guidelines. We are taking every measure across our campus to try and prevent this virus from entering our buildings. If it does enter the campus, we have established protocols to help ensure the safety of  staff and residents. We will continue to provide updates via email, on our website home page, jewishhomeroc.org, along with our mobile app Jewish Home Connects, which can be downloaded at either the Apple Store or Android Store. Communication will be coming out on a regular basis.

If you have any questions or concerns around COVID-19 , please email your questions to covidquestions@jewishhomeroc.org or contact Michele Schirano at 784-6484.

Thank you for all that you are doing!! and PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY!!

Michael S. King


Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 PM

As recently communicated, to keep our residents and employees safe, beginning at 3 pm today, Friday, March 13, all staff members entering any buildings on campus will be required to participate in a temperature screening.


  • Jewish Home Farash Tower staff will enter and leave the building via the main entrance only (front driveway loop).
  • Jewish Home Cottage staff will be screened at each respective Cottage entrance.
  • Summit at Brighton, Wolk Manor and Lodge at Wolk Manor staff will enter through the respective main entrances only.
  • Employees may not leave at the end of their shift until replacement staff has arrived.
  • If an employee is late because of a delay having their temperature checked, the employee will not be penalized.
  • If an employee is found to have a temperature of 100 or above, they will be sent home. They are not allowed to return to work until they are temperature free for 24 hours.
  • If an employee has symptoms of respiratory illness, the employee will be directed to stay home. The employee is responsible to follow up with their own health care provider.

This situation is constantly changing, and we know you have a lot of questions. We have prepared a video to share more information about COVID-19, as well as responding to the employee questions we’ve received so far.


See below for the latest COVID-19 public communications from Jewish Home.



For additional information, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease information page.