Independent living communities may require residents who have left and come back to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of undetected coronavirus. In the absence of widespread testing, this quarantine can save others’ lives. 

The 14-day quarantine is also being applied to the general population in many cases, especially for those who have to travel internationally. The time period is based on scientists’ best understanding of how long the virus can be spread from person-to-person. Those who leave independent living communities are being asked to participate in quarantines more than the general public because seniors face a higher likelihood of developing severe symptoms. Those in assisted living communities are facing similar restrictions. Under more normal circumstances, only those in memory care communities would have any limits placed on their ability to leave.

Seniors who must quarantine for 14 days should take the following precautions: 

  • Taking their own temperature twice a day
  • Looking out for other common symptoms
  • Reporting the development of any symptoms to staff 
  • Seeking medical advice, help (as needed), and testing when available if symptoms develop
  • Reentering their community according to CDC instructions (it may take longer than 14 days if you develop symptoms)
  • Following any other protocols that the community has in place

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

Additional Coronavirus FAQs