EMS offers to take bedridden ‘Home for the Holidays’

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The Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Medical Services Division will offer free transportation (on a space available basis) to local residents who would otherwise be unable to come home for holiday celebrations.

The “Home for the Holidays” program is designed to allow patients in skilled nursing and adult congregate living facilities to go home to family members for holiday dinner. Patients must be self-supporting while at the residence, and left in the care of a responsible family member.

Any Okaloosa County resident who meets the qualifications for the program, while resources are available, will be offered a free round trip that originates and ends in Okaloosa County.

The “Home for the Holidays” program will operate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. All requests for transportation must be received by the EMS division by noon on Friday, Dec. 22.

The “Home for the Holidays” program has been a great success in years past, and brings cheer and goodwill both to those residents who take advantage of the program, and to the Emergency Medical Services staff who provide the service, according to a press release from the county. 

The program is the Department of Public Safety’s way of saying “Happy Holidays” to all county residents.

For additional information or to schedule transportation during the “Home for the Holidays” program, call 850-651-7150 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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