Interview 02: Yvonne
August 18, 2020
Stress self-rating: 5    
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed
Living with daughter’s family
No longer working
House Type
Single storey single family home
Approx. 1,600 sf
3 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1940s, remodeled 1990s
Family home since 1970s
Aluminum / Vinyl
Household Size:    9
6 Children                
1 Adult                       
2 Grandparents      
1 Pet (bird)                
Persons Per Room  1.29

Yvonne lives with her daughter and six grandchildren, aged between 4 and 18, in a 3-bedroom family home. She is over 70 and does not work. She fell and dislocated her arm during the lockdown and has had to see a specialist doctor, but otherwise remains at home, to her own frustration. Her daughter stocks up on groceries and medical supplies at home.  She and her husband do not isolate from the household; all spaces are shared. In exchange, they do not have visitors—not even extended family. Her grandchildren are not allowed to play outside, and her daughter showers immediately upon returning from work. An outdoors person, Yvonne felt claustrophobic during the stay-at-home order and turned to indoor hobbies to alleviate stress, such as painting in the dining room. Summer heat has been “unbearable” inside the house; the backyard is also too hot to sit outdoors for long. 