COVID-19 Host Information
BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE
Ventilate rooms before being cleaned
Wash hands thoroughly before and after each cleaning
Wear disposable gloves while cleaning
Stock up on paper towels, disinfectant wipes, disposable cleaning supplies
Your kindness in providing safe, private-setting lodging to patient-families in need is deeply appreciated.
By us all doing our best,caring about the well-being of others, we each can be safe in our own lives.
Thank you again!
Health and Safety Guidelines
The following guidelines are for lodging providers (‘Hosts’) and guests, based on guidance from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control. You should also continue to monitor government travel advisories and follow local and national guidelines.
These measures cannot eliminate all risk. Especially if you are in a higher risk category, we recommend obtaining professional guidance and taking extra precautions.
1) Don’t travel or host if you’ve recently been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19
All Hosts, (including persons associated with the Hosts who may be present at the lodging unit before or during a stay) should not enter the unit or interact with the Guests, and Guests should not check into a unit, if any of the following are true:
- They are actively infected or have tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 days
- They suspect they are sick or have been exposed and are awaiting test results to confirm or deny a diagnosis of COVID-19
- They are showing symptoms or are concerned about possible infection of COVID-19
- They within the last 14 days have had close contact with an individual confirmed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19
2) Follow social-distancing guidelines
During the entire stay, Guests and Hosts should maintain distance from each other as recommended by the relevant regulatory authorities, (e.g., 6 feet). Avoid direct physical contact, with greetings always being without contact.
3) Wear a mask
If Hosts and Guests must interact or if there is a shared common area accessible to individuals outside of the Guest party, all should wear protective face coverings at all times.
4) Wash your hands regularly
Be sure to wash your hands often, especially if you’re in contact with people in the Guest party and are touching surfaces and utensils in a shared space or a common area. Wash your hands properly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, coating your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Hosts’ Frequently Asked Questions
How does the HOSTS for HOSPITALS’s lodging service differ from other hospital-related lodging?
Who are the ‘Hosts’ who provide lodging?
What services do the ‘Hosts’ provide?
For which medical facilities does HOSTS for HOSPITALS provide its lodging services?
How close does the private-setting lodging need to be to medical facilities?
What is the process for applying to be a Host?
The interests of the perspective Host will be discussed, as well as what the lodging-property has to offer in general in terms of location, number of rooms and beds, times potentially availability, etc. If deemed a good fit, an application will be completed providing greater property detail, e.g., wifi, parking. kitchen use, washer-dryer, etc.
How do Hosts learn about particular Guests in need of lodging?
May HOSTS be reimbursed for expenses incurred in lodging Guests?
Who may be a Guest?
• live so far from the hospital that commuting is difficult
• have a permanent home to return to
• are a patient, or are a support person for a patient receiving medical care at a Greater Philadelphia medical facility
• are free of alcohol or other substance dependency, and be without threatening mental health problems
Patients are eligible to be Guests as long as they can be independent, either by themselves or with the help of an accompanying support person.
Do Guests pay for this service?
What is involved in the Guest screening process?
Before lodging will be offered, Guests must meet CDC health and safety safety guidelines by submitting an online ‘guest liability release’ form attesting to their meeting such guidelines. Additionally, a personal character reference is required for each Guest age 18 and above. This reference person is usually a physician or other health care provider from the Guest’s home community. The reference is to affirm that the Guest is considerate, reliable, responsible and able to manage independently at the lodging property. The rule of thumb is: would I invite this person to stay in my own home?