Following a year-long pause in admissions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Home in Reseda announced Thursday it is accepting new residents once again, in addition to participants in community-based programs.

“During COVID, we took every measure possible to ensure the continued health and safety of the seniors in our care, and that meant refraining from bringing people in — even visitors,” said Dale Surowitz, CEO and president of the senior care home. “But expanding our capacity to accommodate new residents is a vital part of our mission. Now that vaccines are here, and 99% of our residents have received both doses — as well as the large majority of our staff — we’re reopening the admissions process so we can serve even more members of the community.”

Surowitz said that from short-term rehab to hospice, independent living to home health, to memory care, the home has the means to support residents at varying levels of need. There are immediate openings for seniors requiring hands-on skilled nursing assistance, he said.

“The Jewish Home typically has wait lists for available spaces in our skilled nursing facilities; it’s uncommon to have availability as we currently do,” Surowitz said. “This represents a rare opportunity for people to get into the Home now, before we reach capacity, which will happen quickly.”

The home also recently launched the Brandman Health Plan. Designed for the patient with chronic special needs, the plan offers benefits to anyone in Los Angeles County who is Medicare-eligible and has diabetes, chronic heart failure, cardiovascular disorders, or dementia.

“Too often, these folks bounce between doctors’ offices, and there’s no communication going back and forth, so care providers can end up working at cross purposes,” Surowitz said. “The Brandman Health Plan eliminates this problem, making sure our seniors get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

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