Jamaica Plain Geriatrician Describes Work in Face of COVID-19

As a geriatrician of long-term care patients Jamaica Plain resident Julia Siegel Breton is facing the threat of COVID-19 everyday. Breton works at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, and quickly transitioned from part-time (70%) to more than full-time work, as she also offered to cover weekends. She said there have been two major changes since COVID-19, and both have "heightened the awareness of how crucial these aspects have always been in the care of our frail elders, but now with a greater sense of urgency." Breton has seen the need for companionship and meaningful moments. "It has been a necessary, but heartbreaking measure to not allow families or volunteers to visit," said Breton.