A Message from the Seacrest Foundation
Covid-19: How You Can Help
February 26, 2021
On behalf of the Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Foundation, we thank everyone who “attended” the Hearts of Gold Gala. Thank you for preserving hope during the pandemic, and giving love and support to the residents of Seacrest Village and the clients of Seacrest at Home, while honoring our Seacrest Heroes.
Although we couldn’t be together in person, we were honored to be with you virtually!
If you were not able to join us, please find a recording of the program below. We hope you can enjoy the show at a time that works for you.
Last night, we announced that, because of the support of this incredible community, we met the $500,000 matching gift provided by Sharon & David Wax. On behalf of Sharon & David and all of us, we thank you!
And continuing this life-saving generosity, we are thrilled to announce that Joan & Irwin Jacobs have offered to match, dollar for dollar, everything we raise for this Hearts of Gold Gala Campaign, up to $500,000! We are on our way!
Please help us reach this goal today. Your gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund provides care for Seacrest Village residents and Seacrest at Home clients who may have nowhere else to turn for help.
Should you wish to make a contribution, and/or share our goal with others who might help, we would greatly appreciate it.
You can take great pride in knowing that you are bringing peace and security to the lives of seniors in our community who need so much right now.
There is no greater gift; there is no greater mitzvah.
On behalf of everyone involved, we express our deepest gratitude to every contributor, our dedicated board members, and our committee members who made this night possible.
August 15, 2020
As we reflect on the previous “normal” for Seacrest we are immediately reminded that something has not changed—something is still normal. Something so important as saving lives and taking care of those who came before us remains the “normal” and only because of our Jewish community. It is a blessing to have this support and now more than ever we are grateful to you and we need you.
COVID-19 has shaken our worlds in many ways. For children and teens, it means one thing, for those in college another, for those with small children yet another, and for those in their 90s and 100s it means something profoundly different. Those of us living in our own homes have a choice to wear a mask and run into Target or Sprouts—and as of this writing perhaps get take-out from a restaurant. But for Seacrest residents, choices were suddenly taken away. They cannot choose to run into Target or Sprouts.
Those of us in our homes can take the risk and choose to broaden our Quaranteem, those at Seacrest cannot. By protecting them from the virus, and doing what is deemed critical, their choices have been take away thus further isolating them. Some may ask, “How is this right?” “How is this fair?” As one resident recently said, “Seacrest is keeping us inside and we can’t see our families in person, but Seacrest is keeping us alive and for now, until we know more, that’s got to be good enough.”
And so, what can Seacrest do for residents right now? Seacrest can serve special meals, bring a hairdresser to the campus when possible, afford five residents at a time in the living room for cocktails, and continue to connect them to their families through technology, social media, distanced outside limited visits when it is safe, and by becoming the closest thing to family that many have. And very critically, by providing personal protective equipment to them and to the staff caring for them. These things are done each day.
In the past weeks Seacrest Village began testing all residents and associates. And just days ago Seacrest experienced its first situation of a resident testing positive for COVID-19. Prior to this several employees had tested positive. Grateful beyond words are the families of the residents and associates as everyone is doing well. But Seacrest is in no way out of danger.
And while Seacrest awaits the time when residents can safely return to “normal” perhaps with proper testing and other means, the love and care for them will continue—the same way this Jewish community has taken care of Seacrest since 1945—with compassion, love, dignity and respect. This we know for sure that a pandemic cannot change.
And as one day passes to another for the residents of Seacrest, we ask you to please consider a gift to Seacrest Foundation to help bring personal protective equipment and other critical elements to their lives. Help us make sure they are as safe as possible. Make your gift to the Seacrest Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund today and help keep the residents and associates safe. There is no greater gift; there is no greater mitzvah.
As we approach the High Holy Days, we hope for a time of renewal, an opportunity to seek a better and brighter future, and a time to embrace the values of Bittachon, Emunah, and Tikvah—of trust, faith, and hope.
We wish each of you and those whom you hold dear a Shana Tova U’metuka,
Robin P. Israel, MPA
Seacrest Foundation remains steadfast in our commitment to provide resources for Seacrest Village and Seacrest at Home. With your support, we can continue to make life better for the frail and elderly in our community, especially during these challenging times. Please consider those in need—you can change someone’s life.
May 27, 2020
This face may be unfamiliar to most of you, but to the residents of the Seacrest Village Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center it is the face of co
mpassion, safety and support, and their spirits are lifted each time they see it.
Director of Nursing Nancy Strassner leads a team of front-line healthcare heroes, who, despite the risks, show up to work and perform tirelessly for those in their charge. Before Covid-19, her job was often stressful and all-consuming. During the pandemic, her responsibilities never end.
The San Diego Union-Tribune recently honored Nancy in the “Frontline Heroes in the Region” section! Thank you, Nancy, for your leadership, passion, and for doing everything you can to keep Seacrest’s residents and staff safe. This is a well-deserved recognition.
Seacrest staff who work with her wonder how she does it. They love her for her passion and commitment to the residents, and to each of them. They feel honored and blessed that she leads the Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center team.
Seacrest stands by its mission to protect and keep each of the residents, clients, and staff safe, and they can only do that with your support.
In honor of Nancy, and all healthcare heroes, we ask you to consider a gift to support Seacrest Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Together we must recognize the need to support Seacrest’s frontline workers, and the frail and vulnerable residents who are counting on heroes like Nancy.
Please help provide the Seacrest heroes with the following:
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Meals while at work to minimize the chance of exposure at grocery stores
- Frequent COVID-19 testing
We thank you for your support and for joining us in wishing a Refuah Shlema, a complete and full healing, to all affected by the virus in our Seacrest and entire San Diego family.
Robin P. Israel, MPA
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May 23, 2020
TO: Seacrest Residents, Family Members, and Associates
RE: New Positive Employee Case of COVID-19 and additional information
Good afternoon Seacrest Family,
Yesterday afternoon our letter to you addressed that new guidelines were leading us to begin testing all residents and employees in our skilled nursing community.
Today, and not as a result of beginning testing yesterday, we find ourselves needing to inform you of another employee who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee, who is a member of the Building Services Department, works in both the skilled nursing and independent living communities, though they only had contact with skilled nursing residents. After informing the department supervisor of symptoms, the employee was immediately sent home and is now quarantined. In addition, another employee who is a member of our Culinary Department, has been sent home to quarantine after being closely exposed to this employee despite being asymptomatic at this point. We have begun contact tracing and have been testing appropriate staff and residents to assure containment of the virus to the best of our ability.
We want to reiterate that we will continue to follow the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As the number of overall cases in our country and California is in a state of constant flux, we expect there could be additional cases at our community as this disease especially impacts people who live in communal settings. As we said yesterday, as San Diego begins to open up, we hope that everyone will be mindful of the repercussions that will occur if we are not diligent.
Please know that we have followed, and will continue to follow, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the California Department of Health (DOH) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We remain in constant contact with DOH and CMS. As you know, Seacrest has its own stringent protocols and we are adamant about being risk averse when it comes to each of you. This new positive test result of one of our employees reminds us that we are not in any way free of the need to continue our strict practices.
Please know that prior to each shift, all staff are required to wash their hands, have their temperatures taken, and answer a series of questions to ensure they are not exhibiting any known COVID-19 symptoms. Any employee who develops symptoms during a shift is immediately sent home and directed to quarantine. This process is also followed for outside home care, healthcare, and hospice providers.
We continue to conduct a rigorous sanitation regimen that follows, and in some cases exceeds, all state and federal guidelines. In addition, all protective and medical equipment are continuously and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
We practice safe distancing guidelines by limiting the number of people in one area, and maintain 6-12 feet of separation. Although this protocol can be a challenge at times when providing nursing care, we continue to do our best.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue to enforce the State’s decision, as well as our own decision, to restrict all visits to the Seacrest community. We remind and encourage family members to communicate regularly through email, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and traditional phone calls. To schedule a virtual visit with the help of Seacrest, please contact Marisa Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to provide updates with as much information as possible. I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and prayers. You will hear more from us as information becomes available.
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair
May 22, 2020
It’s hard to believe that we are already into the 10th week of our stay-at-home order. How are you managing?
We hope you, and everyone you love, are as well as can be.
We truly understand how heart-breaking it is not being able to hug our loved ones. We are in this together. We will keep encouraging one another, and we want to send you some good news this Shabbat.
We feel so blessed that Seacrest’s supporters, friends, neighbors and even strangers have shown such tremendous kindness during this pandemic. This outpouring of support has demonstrated the love our community has for the residents of Seacrest Village and the clients of Seacrest at Home. We want to share some of the random acts of kindness that Seacrest has experienced.
Children from around the San Diego Jewish community, with and without relatives at Seacrest, have created beautiful art pieces, letters, and cards and mailed them to Seacrest residents:
We were so touched by the generosity of one of Seacrest’s neighbors who donated 50 3ply masks for use in the Joseph and Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center. Seacrest feels truly humbled by this unanticipated—but greatly appreciated—gesture of support: