All the Brilliant Ways Seniors are Managing Self Quarantine | 22 Words

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.

Step #1: DO NOT rush to Costco and buy all of their TP.

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

Instead, you'll want to make a reasonable plan and make sure that you've stocked up on these items.

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

For each of these items, figure out how much you'll need.

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

If you can get your hands on one, make sure you've got a thermometer.

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.

If you're over 60, chances are that you're already regularly taking meds.

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

In addition to medical supplies you're obviously also going to want food.

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.

When we say, "family" we mean your whole family.

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

Now for one of the most obvious supplies: cleaning!

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.

But getting ready for quarantine isn't just about stocking up. There are other plans to make before you move to quarantine.

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.

The first plan to make is with the people you live with.

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.

Oh and while you're planning...

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.

While you're in the planning stages, you'll always want to talk budget with your family.

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.

There are even some plans that may not have crossed your mind.

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.

And then there are the day to day plans.

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.

Speaking of health, it's also important to plan ahead and understand what would happen if a family member gets sick.

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

You'll also want to have all your electronic health records on hand.

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.

But health isn't just physical health.

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

If something does go horribly wrong you want to know that you're prepared.

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.

If you're not losing out on work hours...

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.

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

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!

Make sure you have a plan to connect with others.

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.

And definitely do pay attention to your stress.

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.

You should also know when to seek out medical attention for physical needs.

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

If you have regular medical appointments, make sure you can access them through telemedicine or make a plan with your provider.

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.

Ok, let's say you do quarantine and try to be safe, but you do end up getting sick.

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

You're going to want to stay as far as possible from the people you live with.

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

You don't want to share things if you can help it at all.

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

If you get the virus, you'll also want to make sure you have a face mask on hand.

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.

Get your clean on!

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.

Above all, do not panic.

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.