A Message from the Seacrest Foundation

Covid-19: How You Can Help 

COVID Update – August 15, 2020

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, 

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair

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.

COVID-19: How You Can Help – May 29, 2020

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.

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Shabbat Shalom,

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Robert Haimsohn
President
Seacrest Foundation

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Robin P. Israel, MPA
Chief Foundation Officer
Arthur & Sophie Brody Philanthropy Chair


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COVID Update – May 23, 2020

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 mrosenberg@seacrestvillage.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.

Sincerely,

Pam Ferris
President and CEO
The Melvin Garb Foundation Presidential Chair

COVID-19: How You Can Help – May 22, 2020

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:

Another neighbor, Franco’s Flowers, provided the gorgeous white roses that were distributed to all of the ladies at Seacrest on Mother’s Day. The quality and beauty were unsurpassed and brought smiles to all:

Seacrest residents continue to enjoy a wide variety of “social distance” fitness classes in the Esther & Bud Fischer Aquatics and Fitness Center:

Seacrest Village’s Director of Nursing, Nancy Strassner, is pictured in the “Front Line Heroes in the Region” in this week’s San Diego Union-Tribune! Thank you, Nancy, for your leadership, passion, and for doing all you can to keep Seacrest’s residents safe.

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.

We thank our community for supporting Seacrest Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. We recognize more than ever the need to support Seacrest’s front-line workers and residents. As of April, 21 senior care communities in San Diego are now affected by the virus, Seacrest is keenly aware of the importance of following the safety codes.

We need your help to cover the cost of the following:

  • Seacrest is still in need of additional Personal Protective Equipment for staff.
  • Seacrest continues to provide meals to all staff members while they are at work, which is a tremendous expense, but Seacrest believes minimizing the chance of exposure at grocery stores for employees is necessary.
  • Frequent testing will be required and is costly.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are certainly extra-special days at Seacrest, as we honor “the ones who came before us.” We hope all the mother’s and grandmother’s felt loved on Mother’s Day. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21 – one month away!

If you would like to send a Seacrest Foundation Tribute Card for Father’s Day to a cherished person who is a resid