Healthcare transport company American Medical Response helped nursing home residents across the country go home to their families for Thanksgiving last week.
In Jackson, MS, and surrounding areas more than 10 seniors, ranging in age from 55 to 90, were able to visit with family, according to the local ABC news affiliate. For Kimila Lewis, this was the first time her mother had been able to leave her nursing home for a family visit in 15 years.
“I’m very thankful to have her home,” she told the TV station.
This is the 27th year for AMR’s free Home for the Holiday program, which provides roundtrip medical transport to bed-bound or ailing nursing home or assisted living residents across the country.
AMR spokeswoman Tawnya Silloway said the company operates in 42 states, and estimated that Home for the Holidays is available in most of those service areas. She said nursing home administrators interested in using their services this winter can call the local AMR dispatcher.
“We know the holidays are best spent with loved ones, but for nursing home residents with limited mobility, sharing these moments is not always possible,” Terence Ramotar, regional director for AMR, said in an announcement earlier this month. “We hope this program will warm the hearts of this community and give new meaning to delivering holiday cheer.”