The New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP) is pleased to offer its multiple sclerosis clinics to residents of Maine and surrounding areas. The goal of the MS clinic is to provide clients with a comprehensive assessment of their clinical and functional status and provide medical, equipment and therapy interventions that will help them live in their home setting at the highest level possible.
Led by a physiatrist (a physician trained in Rehabilitation Medicine), the clinic team includes physical, occupational and speech therapists, a nurse case manager and a representative from the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter. During a clinic visit, each team member assesses the client’s functioning and needs in the areas of self-care, mobility, balance, vision, planning skills, cognition, swallowing difficulties and equipment needs (including orthotics). The chapter representative is available to discuss community resources and programs that the society offers. At the conclusion of the visit, the client is provided with recommendations to improve safety and function that range from short courses of outpatient rehabilitation, to assistive device needs, to follow up with his/her MS neurologist. If required, the MS clinic can also help to facilitate recommendations and referrals to external community agencies. Notes from the visit are then forwarded to the client’s referring physician, and/or MS neurologist.
For more information about The MS Clinic at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, call 207-662-8584, and ask about the MS Clinic. Or visit their website at www.NERHP.com.
Volunteer Training Conference
- Improve accessibility in your community
- Increase public awareness
- Plan a community event
- Advocate for yourself and others
Reach out and make a difference in your community! In addition to workshops, you will create an Action Plan to implement activities in your community with the support of the National MS Society. All conferences are 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include lunch.
Red Cross Chapter
Saturday, Sept. 7
Pre-screening deadline: Sept. 3
Contact: Heidi Eastman
National MS Society Chapter Office
Saturday, Sept. 28
Pre-screening deadline: Sept. 23
Contact: Martha Maynard
Crotched Mountain ATECH Services
Saturday, Sept. 21
Pre-screening deadline: Sept. 16
Contact: Allyssa Thompson
Central VT Medical Center
Saturday, August 24
Pre-screening deadline: Aug. 16
Contact: Shanna McCabe
To complete a pre-screening, please call 1-800-344-4867, option 2 and ask to speak with the program contact.
Stay connected! This program provides simple computers to individuals who are living with MS and are restricted to their own homes or are living in long term care facilities without access to computer. Technical support is provided on a limited basis. Computer training is not available. Recipients must have access to a high speed internet and have basic computer skills. For more information: call Allyssa at 603-623-3502 or email Allyssa.Thompson@nmss.org.
How you can help: Donate a used computer or equipment. Please contact the Chapter for the minimum requirements. Printers, scanners, and fax machines cannot be accepted. Volunteer: Refurbish donations, loading software and assistive/adaptive technology, and delivery with setup of computers to people living with MS.