All the Brilliant Ways Seniors are Managing Self Quarantine

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It’s a weird time to be alive, and it’s a particularly weird time to be alive and over 60 years old. Coronavirus is here and it’s definitely got people scared, which is why thousands of people are choosing to self-quarantine. There’s strong evidence that COVID-19 is much more dangerous for people over 60, which is why it’s a good idea to stay at home if you’re a bit older.

But if you are over 60 you might need a bit more support than a rowdy young 20-year-old. So what do you need to be prepared for self-quarantine? How do you manage the conditions you’ve already got? How do you survive being stuck with your family in one house for over two weeks?

We’ve compiled all the details you’ll need to know about making your house quarantine ready into one simple guide. Get ready to hit up Costco because you are going to need to stock up to make sure you’re ready.

Be reasonable and think about how much you will actually need for 2 weeks to 1 month.

Everyone’s into toilet paper but there are many other supplies to think about. We’ll break it down for you.

Plan to have a 14-day supply. You may want to go up to a month if you’re particularly concerned.

It’s good to know if you’re running a fever and how bad it is. That can help you make a plan about seeking medical attention.

Make sure that you have plenty of them on hand to get you through the quarantine. This includes your vitamins, supplements and pain relievers.

You’ll need enough for each member of your family. Think about how much food you usually go through and get a little extra because you’ll be home all the time.

That includes pets, so definitely get pet food, litter, or any other supplies your furry friends will need.

Sprays and wipes, soaps, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, tissues, dish soap, laundry detergent! You’ll want to keep the surfaces in your home clean. Again: don’t go over the top. You don’t need 3 gallons of bleach unless you’re planning on dissolving a body in your bathtub.

Enroll in a basic alert system so you’ll know if there are new governmental orders. This will keep you up to date on all that’s happening.

Will they be quarantining? Will anyone be working from home? Who’s going to be getting supplies? Make sure everyone is on the same page.

Make sure you’ve gotten your flu shot before you start your quarantine. The last thing you want is to double up with flu and COVID.

Will you still have money coming in? Where can you cut costs (especially since you’re not going out anymore)? Take a look at your savings and your needs.

It may sound morbid, but you’ll still want to make sure that wills and medical directives are in order and prepared. If something does happen, you don’t want anyone scrambling to find those documents in an emergency.

Don’t go into quarantine thinking it’s going to be an extended vacation: you’ll quickly lose your mind. Make a plan to ensure you’re sleeping enough, eating enough, and getting exercise to keep your body as healthy as possible.

Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 and think about what you’ll do if one of your family members does catch it.

If you have to be treated for anything, you don’t want to be trying to connect different providers. Have your own copies so you can share with any doctors.

Don’t be afraid to utilize therapy (through telehealth) or other mental health supports. Quarantine is isolating and that can be scary.

Create an emergency contact list including organizations that may provide support. Especially if your income will be impacted, you want to know who can help with food, rent, or other needs.

You’ll want to be prepared for working from home. Make sure you’ve practiced using any unfamiliar technology and have good internet at home, plus you’ll want to talk with supervisors to clarify expectations.

Have a plan for other ways to stay entertained or fill your time. If you can work from home, that’s a great way to distract from the news, but also make sure you do fun things!

Not only that, but you can use other people as a way to stay distracted and mentally stable. If you aren’t familiar with video chat options, chat rooms, etc. this is a great time to learn and use them to connect.

It’s easy to brush off stress levels as “I should be stressed out.” But if you start having stress interfere with your daily activities you’ll want to reach out to a healthcare provider.

Know what symptoms of COVID would cause you to seek medical attention.

Some providers won’t be able to do this, but if you’re getting regular medical support already you don’t want it to be interrupted.

Your quarantine will look a little bit different in that case.

Don’t share a bedroom, bathroom, or towel. Figure out how this would work in advance.

This is not the time to be spoon-feeding your sweetheart. Wash everything.

Masks are the most effective at preventing the spread if you do have it. But you don’t want to be searching for one last minute after you get sick, so have one on hand.

Wipe down all the surfaces, do laundry, kill every germ! If you’re too sick, get a family member to do this: it’s for their benefit and keeps them safe.

This is a time of a lot of uncertainty and fear. Focus on what you can control and do it to the best of your ability.