COVID Strikes Nearby Nursing Home

“06880” reader Michèle Kellner Perkins says:

I am devastated to write that COVID-19 has entered my mother’s nursing home.

Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport — which serves the elderly of all faiths — is bracing for a rise in the number of cases.

Four residents have already contracted it. Two have died. JSS needs to buy more masks, gowns and other protective gear and equipment, which are in woefully short supply. Plans are underway to hire additional staff and pay overtime hours to existing staff, if necessary.

At the same time, the home has been hit with declining revenues.

Most people don’t realize that approximately 80% of nursing home residents are on Medicaid. JSS is no different.

A total of 330 residents live in individual “houses,” with 14 people in each. Each house has 2 certified nursing assistants. Two nurses generally cover 3 houses. No volunteers are allowed in the building so the staff is on its own, working tirelessly to care for their vulnerable residents.

Anyone with access to personal protective equipment of any kind should email mkperkins@optonline.net or dhayden@jseniors.org, or call 203-365-6409.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart. — Michèle

3 responses to “COVID Strikes Nearby Nursing Home

  1. Jeri Skinner

    I’ve twice been at the Jewish home, most recently a month ago. The care is excellent and I am saddened to hear the bad news from them.

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  2. Alan Phillips

    On behalf of the Jewish Senior Services Board of Directors, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Michele and the members of the ‘06880’ community for their caring and support of our senior community. We provide long term residential care to over three hundred of our most frail and elderly seniors and to thousands more in their homes. We have an experienced and caring professional staff , some of whom have themselves fallen ill to COVID-19. We are doing everything possible to support them in their continuing commitment to our mission. and in fighting this terrible virus. They are our heroes. G-d Bless them all. Sincerely, Alan Phillips , Board Chair.

  3. Kudos to Amy Feder LCSW who has been working tirelessly to ensure her clients are safe during these very difficult times.