May 13, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the latest COVID-19 infection control guidance with relation to its impact on our residents and visitors .Our Visitation Guidelines are located in the COVID information page on our website.

For information about vaccination rates at nursing homes, please refer to CMS’s Care Compare site.

We had no new positive results this week.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through May 12, 2022)

0 – Residents currently in our building with a confirmed active case of COVID 19

100 – CONFIRMED: Residents with laboratory positive COVID-19

0 – SUSPECTED: Residents with new suspected COVID-19

107 – Confirmed Staff Total: with a positive COVID-19

  • Please note that test results are reported on our call-in line at 570-207-6711 which is updated daily when we have new positive results. Family members and all others impacted by the virus will be contacted directly and provided with results and updates.

News on the Second COVID vaccine Booster for Residents

An information packet and consent forms for the 2nd round of COVID 19 boosters were mailed to resident representatives. If you/you loved one would like to continue the vaccine process as recommended by the FDA, please complete the indicated sections on the consent form and return by May 15, 2022.     If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Carol Caviston, RN, MSN, Infection Preventionist/ADON, at 570-344-6177, ext. 1173 or email at .  Please send a reply back your consent or declination of the second COVID Booster. 

News on our second floor renovation project

We are excited to announce the Jewish Home of Eastern PA’s second floor renovation project – featuring a short term rehab unit with a 1,200-square-foot Dialysis Den – will begin on May 16, 2020.

We are partnering with DaVita Dialysis to develop the space for the den, which will accommodate six dialysis patients at a time. Ideally, this service will be provided to short-term dialysis patients in need of therapy. This dialysis section will be just part of the renovation. The renewal will include updated flooring, paint, counter tops, doors, lighting and furniture for residents on our short term unit.

The project will be funded significantly from foundation grants and individual donations. We expect construction to be completed by the end of the year.

The model of care and programming for the entire second floor will be tailored to the needs of patients who have been released from the hospital following a serious illness, injury, or surgery, but need more time to recover before safely returning home.  The renovated unit will accommodate up to 30 residents in need of transitional care between the hospital and home.

The Jewish Home will be the only rehab and skilled nursing facility offering an on-site dialysis center in the region. These on-site dialysis services will provide better care coordination within our team as well as the advantages of improved quality-of-life and fewer disruptions for residents. In addition to improved care outcomes, this on-site availability will decrease costs.

The hallmark of the JHEP is the personal touch incorporated into everything we do. That means one-on-one conversations, highly personalized care plans, and family-focused decision making. The physical enhancements we are making will result in solidifying our personal and emotional connections with our residents and their families.

Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. If you have any questions, we are always available for you.

Thank you again.


Mary Rose Applegate, MBA, RD, NHA Administrator

Visit us:
1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510

Call us:
(570) 344-6177