November is National Family Caregivers Month! In this edition of the Member Connection, we'll highlight ways to thank the caregiver in your life as well as support the chapter provides for caregivers. We've also got information about upcoming programs and services, a spotlight on local caregiver resource centers and a call for clinical trial participants. We're looking forward to a great Fall & holiday season!
Ways to Celebrate
National Caregivers Month
Family Respite Care: Are you a family caregiver for someone with MS and in need of a break?
We partner with local caregiver resource centers to provide the Family Respite Care Program. Family caregivers are eligible to receive respite/in-home services that your family may not otherwise be able to afford, for up to $300 per month for 12 months. Caregivers utilizing this program will work with a resource center consultant who will help arrange respite hours with the home health agency. This program is offered at no cost to participants and is available on a first-come, first serve basis and may be just what is needed to improve the health of your whole family. For more information, contact (800) 344-4867 and press '1.'
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are providing turkey dinners or grocery gift cards to registered persons wth MS who are either in financial need or have difficulty preparing a holiday meal. To request one of these items, call us at (800) 344-4867 and press '1.'
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Southern Caregiver Resource Center is a private, independent non-profit organization that helps families and caregivers by providing services that are inclusive of all issues related to caring for adults with chronic and/or disabling conditions. SCRC is funded by grants from the California State Department of Mental Health, San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services, private foundations and donations from individuals and corporations. More information.
Orange Caregiver Resource Center
The Caregiver Resource Center is a trusted partner for Orange County families who are coping with the physical, emotional, and financial responsibilities of caregiving. By providing families with individualized supportive services, CRC stands apart as the only Orange County agency focusing specifically on the needs of caregivers who are coping with a loved one’s chronic illness. CRC a program of St. Jude Medical Center is part of a statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers that serves family caregivers and is contracted through the California Department of Mental Health. More information.
Copaxone Low Frequency Clinical Trial in Fullerton
If you are between 18 and 55 years of age with a confirmed diagnosis of RRMS, and have experienced at least one relapse in the last 12 months or two relapses in the last 24 months, you may be eligible to participate in the GALA study. Learn more