Moving in During COVID-19 Pandemic

What To Know When Moving In During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Independent Living & Assisted Living

Although our process looks different, at Selfhelp we remain committed to working with families to make the transition of moving easy for new residents. Keeping our residents safe from COVID-19 and maintaining a positive and healthy environment is our top priority. We are following guidelines from the CDC, The Illinois Department of Public Health and The Chicago Department of Public Health and closely monitoring changes to the guidelines.

Virtual Tours
Residents and their families can view their apartment and the community through a virtual tour. Click here to take the virtual tour.

Health Assessments
Before moving in, residents will undergo a virtual health assessment by our Nursing team.

COVID-19 Test
Before moving in, residents (and caregiver if needed) must have a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to the move in date.

The First 14 Days
During the first 14 days at Selfhelp, residents that have not been fully vaccinated in full will undergo a precautionary isolation period and will be quarantined in their room. Residents that have had 1 dose (of a 1-dose series) 14+ days ago OR 2 doses (of a 2-dose series) 14+ days ago, will NOT be required to quarantine.

Private Caregiver
During the first 14 days, residents that require assistance should hire a private caregiver for no less than 8 hours and up to 24 hours a day. The need for a caregiver may be determined during the virtual health assessment. Private caregivers must also have a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to the move-in date. Private caregivers must be properly registered with The Selfhelp Home.

Semi-Furnished Apartment
For the time being, Selfhelp will provide new residents with a semi-furnished apartment. Under the current conditions, we are restricted and may not allow movers into the building. Therefore, we encourage new residents to bring a limited amount of personal items. A television and television stand should be provided by the resident. Selfhelp staff will bring your belongings into the building, and assist with unpacking.

We are currently in Phase 2 (as of 03/18/2021)

 VisitsDiningActivitiesSalon Services
Phase 1Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in resident apartments/roomsActivities are held individually in person with staff or remotely via Zoom, etc.Salon is not open
Phase 2Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in the dining room with limited capacity and 6-ft physical distancingActivities are held in person with 6-ft physical distancingSalon is open
Phase 3Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in the dining room with 6-ft physical distancingActivities are held in person with 6-ft physical distancingSalon is open

Phase 1VisitsDining
Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in resident apartments/rooms
ActivitiesSalon Services
Activities are held individually in person with staff or remotely via Zoom, etc.Salon is not open
Phase 2VisitsDining
Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in the dining room with limited capacity and 6-ft physical distancing
ActivitiesSalon Services
Activities are held in person with 6-ft physical distancingSalon is open
Phase 3VisitsDining
Visits from non-essential workers are permitted indoorsMeals are served in the dining room with 6-ft physical distancing
ActivitiesSalon Services
Activities are held in person with 6-ft physical distancingSalon is open

Safety First
Our safety protocols are developed to ensure the overall health, life style and wellbeing of the residents, staff and members of our community while using the guidelines from the CDC for Nursing Homes, The Illinois Department of Public Health and The Chicago Department of Public Health.

Wearing PPE
At Selfhelp everyone is required to use PPE. While in the building, masks are required to be worn, covering the mouth and nose. In areas of the building and instances when appropriate PPE is required, gowns, gloves and shields are used. Residents are not required to wear a mask inside their own apartment. Staff that are entering an apartment will be wearing a mask, shield and gloves if necessary.

Screening
Screening takes place for everyone who enters the building including temperature checks, signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Every person entering the building will first have a health screening that includes temperature taking and screening questions.

Resident and Staff Wellness Checks
Our nursing team is monitoring every resident twice a day for symptoms and checking temperature, pulse oxygen levels. Staff also have symptom and temperature checks twice a day.

Testing
COVID-19 testing at Selfhelp is conducted as required for residents, staff, private caregivers and other Essential Healthcare Workers and visitors as when necessary.

Physical Distancing
Although we encourage socializing we are doing so with physical distancing in place. Furniture in the common areas ensures we maintain proper distance from each other.

Cleaning /Sanitizing
Our environmental team cleans and disinfects high frequency touched surfaces, and common areas of the home frequently. Designated vist areas are cleaned between each visit. Selfhelp uses air filtration systems in common areas and uses an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to ensure we are keeping the Home clean and safe.

COVID-19
Residents that test positive for COVID -19 may be moved to a designated area in the home to be cared for or will be quarantined in their apartment. Residents may also be transferred to the hospital for further treatment.

Resident Activities & Communal Dining
Selfhelp takes a person centered approach to meet the needs of residents and provide the highest quality of life while also taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We promise to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 prevention during in person daily activities for residents. Selfhelp also offers a full menu of activities that can take place remotely. Selfhelp has an internal television channel where scheduled content is broadcast including exercise, films, live lectures and discussions, religious services and other digital content. Communal dining will take place when permitted while taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Meals may be served in resident rooms during phases when communal dining is not permitted.

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