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To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following visitation restrictions are effective beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020.

  • Only ONE (1) healthy parent or legal guardian is allowed to visit each day per child.
  • No children or siblings under 18 are allowed to visit until further notice.
  • All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while present at Almost Home Kids.
  • No entry to Almost Home Kids between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Important Notices: 

  • All visitors will have a health screen on entry and twice daily at their child’s bedside.
  • Anyone with symptoms of a viral illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea will not be allowed to visit.
  • Because people can spread these illnesses even before they show symptoms, anyone who has been exposed to a communicable disease in the past 30 days such as chicken pox, shingles, measles, tuberculosis (TB), mumps or whooping cough/pertussis will not be allowed to visit.

We hope that you and your family members are healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. Thank you for reaching out to us to ask how you can help.

The need for Almost Home Kids is as great as ever, as we continue to provide the children at AHK with the best of care. Gratefully, our hardworking nurses, nurses aides, social workers, case managers, medical directors and child life specialists are able to report to work. Our team is the best! Their dedication to the children and each other is amazing.

At this time, we have the medical supplies we need, but do have some other needs that are listed on our Amazon registry and accessible to anyone who would like to help by clicking here. (please send to: Almost Home Kids, attn. Gail Linhart, 7S721 Rt. 53, Naperville, IL 60540)

Another great way to help our families is sending us gift cards for Walgreen’s for prescription co-pays, gas cards or Target & Jewel gift cards for much needed groceries that we can pass along to them in this time of need.

Please either email any ecards to Lisa at lsnow@almosthomekids.org or mail to Almost Home Kids, attn. Gail Linhart, 7S721 Rt. 53, Naperville, IL 60540 and we will do the rest! On behalf of everyone at AHK – Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who supported our first ever virtual Shamrock Shuffle run! In light of the unprecedented restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our runners signed up for an innovative way of still supporting Almost Home Kids and keeping a safe distance from everyone else!

We raised almost $3,500 of much needed funds that will make a significant difference at Almost Home Kids.

It’s not too late to support one of our teams or an individual runner, just visit: http://team.almosthomekids.org/2020AHKshamrockshuffle

It’s official folks – our spring gala is now our summer gala!
Due to the covid-19 restrictions we have moved the date and we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed that you can still join us! Please contact Judith at jmclean@almosthomekids.org if you have any questions. Stay healthy!!
 
In August we will be celebrating the legendary rivalry between Chicagoland baseball fans at the Crosstown Classic at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook.

Hosted by the renowned entertainer and National Anthem singer, Wayne Messmer, AHK’s Crosstown Classic will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction, dinner and live music from Standing Room Only, as well as lively ballpark-themed activities!

We encourage cocktail attire with a nod to your favorite Chicago baseball team’s colors!

 

In light of the challenges associated with COVID-19, this conference scheduled to happen on April 23, 2020 has been postponed, and the new dated is TBD.

We apologize for the inconvenience that might result from this change and will update the website with the new meeting date once that information is made available.

f you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ponda Barnes at pobarnes@almosthomekids.org.

Medical Education Conference

TBD

Management of Medical Complexity in a Transitional Setting

Location: TBD
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Click here to register

Among the topics presented will be:

  • Current state of health system that influence the care of CMC
  • What you need to know about CMC
  • Case Studies: Children with medical complexities
  • What you need to know about Tracheotomy Care?
  • What you need to know about G-Tube care?
  • Managing vented patients from an outpatient perspective
  • Videos: Provider and Family Experiences
  • Community Therapies (ST, PT, OT, DT, SW & Other)
  • Brief review of children on site
  • Q & A and closing remarks

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop attendees will be able to do the following

  1. Describe the challenges that confront the families of children who are medically complex.
  2. Explain from the providers’ perspective, the obstacles encountered as well as the opportunities with treating children with medical complexities in the community.
  3. Demonstrate how the current health system influences the care of children with medical complexities.
  4. Recognize the role of the medical home within the larger system of care (medical neighborhood) for children with medical complexities.
  5. Apply concepts learned to example case studies
  6. Demonstrate appropriate tracheotomy, G-tube, and ventilator care.
  7. Apply the interdisciplinary health care model required to treat children with medical complexities in a community-based health center.

The course is designed for primary care clinicians (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants).

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Almost Home Kids.  The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For More Information
Please email Ponda Barnes
at pobarnes@almosthomekids.org

Because the health and safety of the children, families, visitors and staff is of utmost importance to us and to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID19 illness, the following visitation restrictions are effective beginning March 11, 2020 at Almost Home Kids.

Up to FOUR (4) healthy parents/guardians, 18 years old or older are allowed to visit per child.

No children or siblings under 18 are allowed to visit until further notice.

Visiting Hours  for those on the approved list is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • All visitors must be healthy
  • Anyone with symptoms of a viral illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea will not be allowed to visit.
  • Anyone who recently traveled to China, South Korea, Iran, or Europe will not be allowed to visit.
  • Because people can spread these illnesses even before they show symptoms, anyone who has been exposed to a communicable disease in the past 30 days such as chicken pox, shingles, measles, tuberculosis (TB), mumps or whooping cough/pertussis will not be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors not on the approved list will be asked to contact families directly and show their support in other ways such as Skype or FaceTime.

For more information or if you have questions, please reach out to our social work team: Molly Kim at mokim@almosthomekids.org or Amy Bramwell at abramwell@almosthomekids.org

2020 is a year unlike any other – with social distancing and restrictions on large gatherings all sporting events are currently canceled.

In light of the Shamrock Shuffle being canceled we are encouraging our runners to run a virtual race and take a photo of themselves in their AHK running shirt to help make a difference through their fundraising efforts. Whether it’s the treadmill or on the lakefront (at a safe distance from everyone else), we hope to bring a new type of team photo made up with a collage of photos from the runners.

Support one of our teams or an individual runner at: http://team.almosthomekids.org/2020AHKshamrockshuffle

Join our Young Associates Board (YAB) for their annual fundraiser “No Place Like Home” at Hubbard Inn in Chicago River North neighborhood, for a fun night of drinks, apps, music, raffles prizes and silent auction, all benefiting Almost Home Kids.

No Place Like Home
Where: Hubbard Inn, 110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
When: May 1st 2019 at 7 – 10 pm
Tickets: $90 early bird/ $100 after April 15th

Child Life Program: Our Child Life Program is an integral part of the overall care and well being of each child that comes to Almost Home Kids. By facilitating play opportunities, at the bedside and in playrooms, their continued growth and development is greatly enhanced.

The Child Life Specialist benefits our program by:

  • Creating a sense of routine by helping children maintain independence, self-esteem and confidence.
  • Minimizing stress by encouraging positive coping behaviors.
  • Helping children prepare for and understand medical procedures and experiences.

Child Life Practicum at AHK 
The Child Life Practicum provides students interested in entering the field of Child Life, a practicum opportunity to work with children of various developmental levels in a pediatric transitional and respite home-like facility while being supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

If you are interested in learning more about the program please contact Alex Schober at: aschober@luriechildrens.org

Click here for Child Life Practicum Application Form

Application Postmark Deadline
July 5th , 2020

Practicum Dates
Fall: Late September to Early December (time frame flexible depending on student’s schedule and AHK location)

Mail to: Almost Home Kids, c/o Alex Schober, 7S 721 Route 53, Naperville, IL 60540