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
Read more testimonials from the people we serve.
I needed to find a conversion van for my ailing grandparents (one who is in a wheelchair), and my uncle who is incapacitated and in a wheelchair as well. I browsed the internet and came across AMS Van... Read More
- Rebecca S
Hi Jill, Sorry I haven't gotten back to you before now. My mom fell in her wheel chair last week and we have been in the hospital since- with poor internet and no computer. Fortunately, she is home no... Read More
- Charlotte B
Hi Jill: We went out a couple of times and we are very pleased with the van. We think we made a good buy for the money we spent. I also want to tell you that the retractable straps for the wheelchair ... Read More
- Roberto R
Thanks! The van is wonderful. Mom just cried when she saw it. We are so thankful for your help. You made the process easy .... Read More
- Joseph H
I want to thank you for working so closely with my daughter, Patty, in getting me my handicap equipped van. I am very pleased with it. Being able to take my scooter along without having to worry about... Read More
- John M