December 29, 2020 Vaccine Update:
Residents and staff members at our affiliate communities have begun to receive the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC recommends that Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) residents receive the COVID-19 as soon as it becomes available to them. Read more on the importance, benefits, and safety of the vaccine on the CDC website.
For more information on the vaccine and distribution, please refer to the previous updates below.
December 18, 2020 Vaccine Update:
Berkshire Healthcare residents and staff at all affiliates throughout the state will begin receiving voluntary vaccinations on December 28, 2020. If a staff member or you/your loved one is residing in one of our Centers and has not yet informed administration of their intent to receive the vaccine, please do so. Please reach out to the Administrator, Director of Nursing or Social Worker.
Massachusetts has released information on COVID-19 vaccination delivery and distribution. We understand you may have many questions on the vaccine. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions put together by the Massachusetts Senior Care Association.
Mass-ALA has also created a resource to explain more information on the current plan for the state. Long-term care fall into phase one, which means our residents and staff will be given top priority for the vaccination.
As we learn more and develop a plan of action for our communities, we will keep you updated.
Safely Celebrating the Holidays with Loved Ones
We know the holidays are going to be challenging for many who cannot be with family this year. Even though you can’t be in the same room, there are plenty of ways to stay connected with loved ones this year. We encourage you to read the CDC’s guidelines on holiday gatherings, and take a look at the list below for some low-risk ways to “get-together” this season.
Low-Risk Ways to Celebrate:
- Connect virtually with loved ones through video chatting technology (see links below for instructions)
- With members of your household, enjoy a window visit with loved ones – try caroling outside!
- Host a virtual game night
- Cooking a favorite family recipe? Video chat with the relative who usually makes it
- Include a personalized letter with your holiday cards this year
- Encourage your kids to make crafts for loved ones to decorate
- With members of your household, drive around and look at the beautiful decorations in your neighborhood – video chat with your loved ones in a senior living community so they can enjoy the sights as well