AMR takes patients home to their families for Thanksgiving

AMR takes patients home to their families for Thanksgiving. (KSNV)

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is spending time with our families. Everyone isn't able to get home to their families over the holiday, but American Medical Response is trying to change that.

For 30 years, AMR has been picking up patients and driving them home for free. It’s part of the “Home for the Holidays” program.

“Home is the best medicine for any patient,” explained Zack Ratner-Miller with AMR.

On Thursday morning, AMR crews picked up John Webb.

“Yeah, I'm excited,’ said John Webb.

Webb had a stroke in 2005. It left him paralyzed on his right side. He no longer drives and must use a wheelchair to get around.

Jacqueline Brown came outside to welcome her brother home. She said it’s difficult to bring him over to her house during the holidays.

“He just means everything to me and my whole family,” said Jacqueline Brown.

It’s a reunion AMR crews said they are proud to be a part of.

“This is an enjoyable time to see the patients go home to the family members to enjoy the time with them,” said Ratner-Miller.

Webb had a seat at the head of the table for the big Thanksgiving meal.

“I like it. I love it!” he said.

It was a spot that guaranteed what he was looking forward to most.

“Food!” he said with a laugh.

Webb was able to enjoy all the Thanksgiving fixings and a happy holiday with those who love him most.

To qualify for the “Home for the Holidays” program, eligible patients must live in a rehabilitation center, nursing, or assisted living facility, have clearance from the facility to leave and do not require constant medical care.

Directors and administrators at designated health facilities can call American Medical Response at 702-384-3400 to nominate a patient for Christmas.

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