Parker Jewish Institute begins socially-distanced family visits

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Parker Jewish Institute is now offering families the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones through scheduled, outdoor family visits. With this initiative, families can arrange to visit their loved ones from a safe distance, remaining inside their vehicles, parked in front of Parker at pre-arranged times.

The carefully planned reunions follow months of virtual visits that were necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to meet guidelines set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health.

The first visits began Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To accommodate as many families as possible, visits were scheduled at 15-minute intervals, allowing for 10-minute visits, and a five-minute buffer between visits.

For these visits, patients and residents can participate if they are currently COVID-free and medically stable, as well as free from any health-related issues that might otherwise put them at risk.

All visitors must wear masks, which will be made available by Parker Jewish Institute.

Letters informing families about the visits were sent out last week, so that they could reserve a time slot by calling Parker’s dedicated Family Call Center at 718-289-2888.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for families so that they may reconnect in person, all the while maintaining a safe distance,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s President and CEO. “Our mission goes beyond caring for residents, but doing whatever we can to meet the needs of Parker’s extended family, and we just can’t wait to welcome them back.”

Family visits are subject to change based on current federal and state health safety guidelines.

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