The cause of this disabling neurological disease is still unknown, but many doctors believe people with this disease have a genetic Multiple Sclerosis Month graphicpredisposition. The majority of patients diagnosed with this disease are women and aged 20-50 years old. Common symptoms include fatigue, tingling and numbness, vertigo and dizziness, muscle weakness, and problems with balance.

“More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide. Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the prevalence of MS in the U.S. can only be estimated.” [1] In 2015, it was estimated that over 400,000 Americans were diagnosed with this disease.

How Home Care Can Help

A professional CarePlus caregiver can provide assistance with daily activities that can be challenging for people with MS.  Having a Caregiver in place can make the difference between stress and relief, enabling everyone in the family to relax with the knowledge that their loved one is benefiting from quality care.  CarePlus caregivers also received a training from the MS society once a year.

Customized Care Plans

Dealing with the everyday difficulties of MS can be easier with assistance from a compassionate professional. CarePlus can create a customized plan for your loved one to address a variety of needs including but not limited to:

  • Transportation to therapy appointments and support groups
  • Preparing nutritious meals and assisting with feeding
  • Transferring from bed to wheelchair to chair, as needed
  • Protecting skin from friction, pressure, and excessive heat, moisture, or dryness
  • Help with restroom use, bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Positioning to achieve proper alignment when on bed rest
  • Medication and personal safety reminders
  • Light housekeeping, running errands, and scheduling events
  • Offering friendly conversation and emotional support
  • Encouraging and planning social activities and exercise

Information & Resources

To request a free in-home assessment, contact CarePlus Home Health at 301-740-8870.

Living with multiple sclerosis is stressful to begin with and taking small steps to reduce stress for everyone involved.  For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society please access their website or call: 202-296-5363.

www.nationalmssociety.org

[1] National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “MS the Disease.” http://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/Press-Room/MS-the-Disease