Indy Film Fest 2016
A profile of a nurse practitioner who cares for homebound patients.
O’Connor’s simple but effective film focuses on Jessica Macleod, PhD, who makes house calls to individuals in Indiana and Kentucky who otherwise would likely be without home care because of mobility issues and/or limited income. Over nearly a year, the straight-talking nurse practitioner is followed as she provides primary care services to four of her patients. These include elderly couple Wink and Patty, who have few options for care after being suspected of selling their pain pills; Ron, an artist confined to a wheelchair following a traumatic brain injury, who Jessica also worries might be being maltreated by his roommate brother; and Roger, a young man with Duchenne muscle dystrophy nearing the end of his life. In between providing compassionate care for these individuals, Jessica reflects on the state of health care in America, the need for more in-home providers, the personal sacrifices made for her job, and the lack of respect she often encounters because she is not a doctor. While not the most artful portrait, O’Connor’s film provides an empathetic look at the lives of isolated and often neglected patients and the efforts of professionals like Jessica to address their needs.