Selfhelp Community Services is a non-profit housing, health and social services organization founded in 1936 to help victims of the Holocaust resettle in the NYC area. Selfhelp currently provides services to more than 20,000 seniors and manages 1,200 units of independent living housing in the Flushing and Bayside neighborhoods of New York. Our firm has designed and/or renovated over 650 of those units, beginning with Selfhelp’s first housing facility in 1967, the 289-unit Martin Lande House. Renovation of public spaces and a small office addition, as well as mechanical system upgrades and apartment bathroom and kitchen upgrades were completed in 2009 and 2010. Over the same period 135 apartment bathrooms and public spaces at the Helen Scheuer House were renovated, including two private gardens and a sun filled extension to the lobby. A new 92-unit residence for seniors including a 12,000sf community facility, adjacent to the Martin-Lande House opened in January 2013.
The new and renovated properties incorporate video conferencing rooms and computer centers as part of Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center initiative which helps homebound seniors participate in activities through two-way video. All new buildings are prewired with internet connections, WIFI provided in all public areas of the building, video conference room and computer room for resident use, Tele-health and Brain Fitness kiosks in the lobby. Throughout Selfhelp’s apartments, residents and their families can choose to mount wireless sensors within the apartment to allow remote monitoring of daily activities. To further assist with Aging in Place, an emergency pull-cord system is provided in all bedrooms and bathrooms, with a local alarm bell above the resident door and remote alarm at the building security desk.