Caregivers dedicate their time, energy, and lives to helping others. AMS Vans knows that having a disability is a journey. Those caring for the disabled are on their own journey as well! Currently, one in four adults in America are caring for an adult friend or relative. Caregiving can include physical, emotional, psychological and financial support. Each day our team meets caregivers for veterans, ALS patients or the elderly- it doesn't matter they all have one thing in common. A big heart!
If you are a caregiver, we encourage self-care...don't neglect yourself, find local resources and join support groups. AMS Vans supports you and we want to be a resource for YOU. One of the best resources is AARP.
Here are a few useful links that we think you might enjoy:
My husband, Rusty, was diagnosed with ALS in April 2013. I am his caregiver, wife, friend and supporter. Rusty and I and our children are learning so much together on this journey. One of the greatest treasures we’ve been reminded of is how blessed we are with a support network of family and friends. My personal faith in Jesus assures me that there is a plan and purpose for everything in our life and so I have peace knowing that we are not walking this road alone. I would encourage any caregiver to reach out for help and support. This load is too heavy to carry on your own.
This is one reason why Rusty and I attend an Atlanta/North Georgia area ALS Support Group and Care Connection monthly meeting. The information and resources we receive are invaluable and the relationships with Heather and other friends are so encouraging.
Rusty and I are also thankful for the ALS clinic. The team led by Dr. Rivner and including all of the nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals helps us navigate this very unfamiliar road. For a non-medical person like I am, there is a huge learning curve because of the influx of information and radical life changes—Rusty’s physical needs and condition, medical equipment, and medicines, to name a few.
ALS is challenging because it progresses at different rates in different ways in individuals. Rusty is a trained physical therapist so he was very aware of what was happening to his strength and physical ability. I am thankful that he has been able to guide me in some of our walk as I’ve had so much to learn about how to care for him.
As a caregiver to another caregiver, I would encourage you to be educating yourself constantly and find people you can lean on for support, and encouragement . . a very present help in time of trouble.
- Karen and Rusty Holland
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I would just like to thank Todd for all his help with selecting our van. So far, we have been very happy with how it helps us move my wife around. Todd guided us and I appreciated all his work. Len E ... Read More
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Just want to thank you guys for all you did getting the van to me. It works great for me. I will highly recommend AMS. Thanks, Dave A Loudon, New Hampshire... Read More
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- Julie J
Thank you so very much. All of you at AMS have been so very kind, understandingand helpful. So far it has been an extreme pleasure and I am looking forward to getting our van from AMS. My stress level... Read More
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