The COVID pandemic initially hit hardest at elder-care facilities across the nation, with family members unable to visit as children waved to their grandparents through windows. With vaccinations now well underway and all adult Georgians eligible to receive the shots, restrictions have begun to relax.

At The William Breman Jewish Home, family members have been meeting in person since March, and group activities have begun to resume. Although there are still restrictions in place, progress is underway. “It’s a process of returning to ‘normal,’ but we are not quite there yet,” Harley Tabak, president and CEO of Jewish HomeLife, told the AJT.

This process comes as JHL begins to celebrate its 70th anniversary, a yearlong celebration that will culminate with a gala in November highlighting the organization’s leaders and community involvement. Family members have been able to visit the Jewish Home, JHL’s nursing home, since March. But recently new guidelines have allowed more access to residents. These changes are allowing JHL to expand visitation. “Now we are trying to change what ‘inside’ means in terms of visitation,” Tabak said. He expressed excitement over the expanded access.

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