I reside in a lovely condo near the mall in Carlsbad with my friend and housemate, Fred. We are both disabled, Fred more so than myself as he is legally blind. I am his live-in aide. That means that I provide services that enable him to live independently as opposed to in a group home or an institution. I am chauffer, cook, chief bottle washer, laundress, housekeeper, and so on. He has a Section 8 voucher for housing and he is entitled to a two-bedroom unit instead of a one-bedroom because he has an aide.
Neither of us work because of our disabilities, although I would like to work part-time. There is unfortunately not much demand for a part-time Interior Designer and my art does not make me very much money. So in one sense, we are fortunate that the pandemic did not upset our lives as much as many because we already didn’t work and didn’t go out to bars and restaurants all that often. One must be creative about entertainment when your only income is Social Security.