January 2021 Updates

Updated January 22, 2021

Dear Sholom residents, tenants, staff and families,

The vaccine has arrived!  Sholom is advocating for all our residents, tenants and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

We’re excited to announce that CVS Health begun distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sholom. The first of two rounds of vaccines were given to the care center residents and many staff at Sholom’s Shaller Campus in St. Paul and Ackerberg Campus in St. Louis Park.  Sholom’s Menorah Plaza location received their first round of vaccines on January 12 and Roitenberg Family Assisted Living and Hodroff Pavilion for Memory Care is scheduled for their first vaccine clinic on January 20, Menorah West on January 26, and Bentson/Weinberg on January 28, 2021. As soon as we have additional information about the second vaccinations coming to our specific buildings at Sholom from CVS Health, our pharmacy partner, we will communicate that information to you.

Here are the details of our Resident Vaccination Plan:

  • There will be no cost to you for the vaccine. There is an administration fee for the injection that will be billed to your insurance or the state of Minnesota.
  • You’ll need two injections with 28 days in between for it to be most effective.
  • If you’ve had COVID-19, you should still receive the vaccination.
  • Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after receiving the injection, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the vaccination. These types of side-effects are more common with the second injection and not as common with the first injection. It’s important you receive both injections.

Residents, tenants and families may want to know if visitation policies or mask requirements will change for those who get vaccinated. It is important to understand that all facility residents and staff will need to continue following CDC guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings. We will also receive direction from our federal and state officials on this topic and will keep you posted.

Our Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Clinical Director recently hosted informational sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine and answered questions live. In case you missed the event, please go to our COVID-19 link at the top of our website to access the webinar replays and download the presentation materials.

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to help you understand more about why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. Please visit our website and click on the COVID-19 information at the top of the page.

Please continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 with your vigilant adherence to mask wearing, physical distancing, handwashing and remaining at home as much as possible. We understand many people are weary of the COVID-19 restrictions; however, it is even more important than ever to continue with these restrictions as the cases in Minnesota may increase due to recent new strains of the virus.  Remember, our lives are in each other’s hands.

Sholom continues with visitation restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We continue the required weekly COVID-19 testing for residents and staff in our skilled care centers and weekly outbreak based testing in our housing locations as required.

The St. Louis Park Ackerberg Campus Sholom Home West location remains under visitation restrictions.  At the Shaller Campus in St. Paul, Chapman Sholom Home East remains under visitation restrictions.  Essential caregivers and compassionate care visits are only allowed on a case by case basis at these Sholom locations at this time. If you are an essential caregiver or compassionate caregiver, our interdisciplinary team will be reviewing the services you provide to determine if internal staff can perform services temporarily in order to further protect our seniors at Sholom.

Window and outdoor visits are allowed at the following locations:  St. Louis Park: Roitenberg Family Assisted Living, Hodroff Pavilion for Memory Care, Knollwood Place Apartments, Menorah West, and Menorah Plaza and in St. Paul’s Bentson Family Assisted Living, Phillips Center for Memory Care and Weinberg Apartments.

At our St. Louis Park location, Sholom Home West has one staff with active COVID-19. Knollwood Place Apartments, Roitenberg Family Assisted Living, Menorah Plaza, Hodroff Pavilion for Memory Care, and Menorah West have no active COVID-19 resident or staff cases.

Our Shaller Family Sholom East Campus in St. Paul has one resident and two staff at Shirley Chapman Sholom Home East and one staff at Bentson Family Assisted Living with COVID-19.  Phillips Center for Memory Care and Weinberg Apartment have no staff or residents with COVID-19.   Our homecare and hospice team has no active, positive COVID-19.

For the most up to date information, please refer to www.sholom.com and click on the COVID link at the top of the page.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. The news of a vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus. I am so appreciative of the support and cooperation you all have given us during these past ten, tough months. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we’re moving toward a COVID-free future.

Barbara Klick, RN, MBA, Sholom CEO