Safety Net

David Taylor’s Personal Assistant Story

When David Taylor’s personal assistant never returned to work after vacation and never bothered to call, he lost more than an employee. With no personal assistant around to help with day- to-day tasks such as cooking, cleaning, bathing and dressing, Taylor lost a vital link to his independence. Fortunately, after going over a week without a personal assistant, Taylor was referred to the Emergency Back-up Personal Assistant Program, a collaborative effort between Access Living and Progress Center for Independent Living. Under the new program, people with disabilities can call between 6 a.m. and noon if their personal assistant doesn’t show up for work. Once the call has been made, a Certified Nursing Assistant will be dispatched immediately. In Taylor’s case, after connecting with Access Living’s Back-Up PA Coordinator, he soon found a CNA who re-established his link to independence until he was able to hire a long-term replacement.