The comfortable little house by I-95 in Lake Worth is the only house Alan Taylor has ever known. The Taylor family has lived in the house for 57 years, six years longer than Alan has been alive.
Alan has cerebral palsy, as well as some intellectual impairment. Cerebral palsy makes the body rigid over time, and Alan’s maneuverability is now compromised. He worked at the Palm Beach Habilitation Center for 25 years, drawing a bi-weekly paycheck until the progression of his disease made working too difficult. Until that time, he was known for keeping the room lively with his wisecracks. He also used to enjoy being out and about with his neighbors, but that’s now hard to do because of his physical limitations.
At the same time, age has adversely affected Alan’s parents. His father is 80, has a bad back and needs knee replacements; his mother is 79 and has osteoporosis. It’s difficult to get Alan to the doctor, let alone maneuver him out of his wheelchair and onto the toilet or the shower, or any of the other places he needs or wants to go.
If the Taylor family is to stay together, their house needs modifications. Doorways need to be widened so that Alan’s wheelchair can pass through, ramps need to be built and two rooms that would be perfect as a sustainable apartment for Alan need to be air conditioned. There’s even a pool that could be used for therapy, but Alan can’t get in and out of it. Alan also needs a hospital bed with grab bars that could elevate his legs, and a vehicle with a wheelchair lift — or modifications to the family’s current vehicle — that would enable him to have a decent quality of life.
Alan is building up his shoulder strength and has more than enough motivation to take care of himself with a little help. He loves to go on recreational outings, especially bowling. Alan doesn’t ask for everything. Just something.
“I can do it,” he says. “Just give me a bigger space.”
Alan Taylor, a 51-year-old Lake Worth man with cerebral palsy and some intellectual impairment, lives in the only house he’s ever known. He is an outgoing, optimistic man, but the progression of his disease has made it difficult for him to continue working. His parents, ages 79 and 80, struggle with their own health issues, from bad knees to osteoporosis. They can no longer maneuver Alan out of his wheelchair and onto the toilet or shower. If the Taylor family is to stay together, their house needs modifications, doorways widened, ramps built, air conditioning installed. Alan needs a modified electric wheelchair, a hospital bed with grab bars to elevate his legs, and a vehicle with a wheelchair lift — or modifications to the family’s current vehicle. He could use handicap access to the family pool for therapy. He needs physical therapy and bus passes so that he can continue to attend programs at the Palm Beach Habilitation Center.
Nominated by: Palm Beach Habilitation Center