Several Las Vegas nursing home patients are spending Christmas with their loved ones thanks to a program that gives them a free ride.
For more than 10 years, American Medical Response (AMR) has been offering free rides on Christmas Day for patients. It's a gift for people who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
Larry Jarosz has spent the last 10 years in a nursing home. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he struggles to remember things and is prone to confusion. It didn't diminish the joy he felt being reunited with his family on Christmas.
It's part of AMR's Home for the Holidays program, which is in effect on Thanksgiving as well as Christmas.
Jarosz was one of six nursing home residents in the valley chosen to receive a free trip from AMR.
"We do whatever we can to make sure that our residents get to spend time with their loved ones on the holidays. This was an opportunity for Larry to get to his home and do that. We're very excited about that," said Katy Zahrte with Marquis Centennial Hills, a Las Vegas nursing home.
Jarosz's daughter, Mary Jane Sibella, said it's rare to have all her family members under one roof.
"It actually is really a gift. The holidays are probably the tougher times. It's really a terrible disease and the fact that their staff and their employees give up their time with their families so that we can be with ours … it's really a gift," she said.
Jarosz was returned to his nursing home on Christmas evening. His family said that although his disease makes things difficult for them at times, they hope to have him around for many Christmases to come.
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