Episode 6 - Mr. Richard
Richard is in hospice and needs caregivers 24-hours-a-day. He marvels at all the attention. For his caregivers, it’s a vocation in the deepest sense of the word. Richard makes a case for more public support for caregiving.
The family hired caregivers from a home health care agency called Home Instead so that he could remain at home in his apartment at the senior living residence. Tyneisha, Stephine, Scarmientha, Mercedes, Bernadette, and others work in 12-hour shifts, day and night. Medicare doesn’t cover these services, so Richard’s family is fortunate that they can afford to do this.
The caregivers talk about their love for this job and its challenges. As Richard struggles with his physical decline, he expresses appreciation for the professionalism and devotion he is receiving from hospice and his home health aide team.
- The Build Back Better Framework: President Biden’s Plan to Rebuild the Middle Class
- Home Instead Philadelphia
- Home Instead Caregiver of the Month – September 2021: Scarmientha Began Caregiving by Taking Care of Siblings
- Home Instead Caregiver of the Month – January 2021: Mercedes Caught COVID-19 From Client But Stayed With Her Until She Passed
Conversations between a dad and his children capture the sheer joy of talking, singing, and laughing with Richard, a man of simple pleasures, expansive intelligence, historical perspective, and progressive politics. In Season 1, Richard is living under lockdown in his senior living residence during the coronavirus pandemic. It tells the story of Richard’s resilience and of the family’s efforts to ease the psychic impact of his isolation. In Season 2, Margaret asks Richard why he talked so much about vocation when she was growing up. Richard offers the wide arc of his theological understanding—from the need to care for working people to the cosmic Spirit that holds the universe together. They decided to devote an entire podcast season to vocation.