Personal assistance supplies families with one-to-one support that increases a participant's skill base to optimize their personal and social competency in order to live successfully in the community. Some of these activities may incluce feeding, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, as well as, activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, doctor's appointments, and access to community resources. This service is available in both Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee.
James, a remarkable young man, has navigated through the obstacle course that we call life with zeal and determination.
Referrred to Easterseals Tennessee through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (DIDDS), James began receiving support from Glenda, one of our Direct Support Professioals (DSPs).
With Glenda's assistance, James landed a maintenance job at the Army National Guard. As his job coach, Glenda acquainted James with the facility, reinforced his job responsibiliites, and assisted him in his position as needed. Over time, James developed into a self-sufficient and effective employee.
Unfortunately, several months later, James was diagnosed with cancer. He entered a pilot program for treating individuals with developmental disabilities that entailed a rigorous course of treatment, so James was placed on medical leave. After completing his treatment, James experienced the biggest change in his life when his mother passed away unexpectantly.
Through it all Glenda, his DSP, was always there. She became his main support and managed to help stabilize his life again. James is back at the Army National Guard, his cancer is in remission, and he is living independently.
In his spare time, Glenda involves James in various cultural and recreational activities. Recognizing his creativity, she has even taught him the art of flower arranging. James favorite outing is delivering his arrangements to friends and acquaintances who James feels needs a boost.
James is a shining example that, with perseverance and support, the possibilities are limitless. Recently, a DIDDS surveyor, who had worked with James prior to Easterseals, stopped in to visit with James. He was very impressed and made note of how much James had transitioned and grown in the few years since he had last seen James.