COVID-19 Social Isolation

The DPQOL is working to assess the impact of COVID-19 social isolation measures put in place by Assisted Living Facilities on their residents. The study is being performed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This study is being conducted fully online in order to assure the safety of participants.

The aim of this study is to gather information on the experiences of residents of Assisted Living Facilities who have been impacted by social-distancing measures put in place to keep these individuals safe as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally this study will explore the impact that these safety measures had on individuals living in these facilities’ social and emotional well-being. Many individuals living in Assisted Living Facilities are considered to be at “high-risk” of severe illness or death if they contract COVID-19. As such, many facilities opted to enact strict lock-down measures. These measures, while aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, may also have reverberating consequences on the residents’ social and emotional well-being.

The purpose of this study is to gather qualitative data from residents of these facilities in order to better understand the social impact of this disease on this high-risk population.

If you would like to participate, you will be asked to complete an online demographic survey, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, a member of the research team will reach out to you to schedule a time to conduct an approximately 45 minute interview via Zoom video conferencing.

The interview questions will be centered on socialization habits before shelter-in-place orders, during shelter-in-place, and current socialization habits, living restrictions, and mental and physical health habits. With permission, the audio and video will be recorded for your interviews, in order to ensure fidelity to your responses in later analysis.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • A full-time residence in an assisted living facility
  • Have residence in your assisted living facility for at least 6 months
  • Self-identify as having a physical disability
  • Be able to understand and read English
  • And, be able to communicate with research staff through video conferencing software or telephone.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at: dpqoluiuc@outlook.com.