Episode 6 – Mr. Richard

Richard reading aloud from his tablet with his caregiver standing next to his bed listening.

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.

Episode 8 – PT to the rescue!

Richard’s physical therapist Jennifer has saved his life…more than once! Jennifer keeps an eye on Richard and, with training, persistence, and ingenuity, helps him keep it together.

Links:

On chronic conditions, self-management, and challenges in caring for people with chronic conditions:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/health_policy/adult_chronic_conditions.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/learnmorefeelbetter/programs/general.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5876976/

https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2010/01/chronic-care.html

https://www.giaging.org/documents/mcc_framework.pdf

On excess deaths during pandemic:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm

On adults living alone:

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/10/older-people-are-more-likely-to-live-alone-in-the-u-s-than-elsewhere-in-the-world/

On problems with long term care facilities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/opinion/sunday/covid-nursing-homes.html?smid=em-share

https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2018/02/05/what-we-dont-know-but-should-about-assisted-living-facilities/?sh=359b6ac4e043

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-nursinghomes-speci/special-report-pandemic-exposes-systemic-staffing-problems-at-u-s-nursing-homes-idUSKBN23H1L9

https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/689302.pdf

Music Credits:

The Zeppelin, Delamine, and Crumbtown by Blue Dot Sessions

Gravitation by Blastculture https://freemusicarchive.org/music/ToucanMusic/Best_Bytes_Volume_4/08_blastculture_gravitation