The National MS Society-Michigan Chapter is working on an initiative to provide more services to people with MS in nursing homes and those who are homebound and their families. Our Advocacy efforts reflect our goal to assist people to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
Toward this end, we currently send information on MS to nursing homes on our mailing list and provide in-service workshops to nursing home staff. Our Friendly Listening program provides support to those who are homebound, who need extra support, or who are in assisted living or nursing homes.
Current proposed goals are to:
- advocate for people to live as independently as possible as long as possible
- provide information and support tocaregivers and families
- increase collaborations with nursing homes throughout the state to ensure age appropriate programming for residents with MS
- complete survey of nursing homes to locate needs
- increase mailing list of nursing homes, adult day care centers, independent living centers, and assisted living facilities
- outreach to residents in facilities and those homebound or needing support to live independently to let them know about NMSS services that they can utilize for additional support and to encourage the formation of self help groups where possible
- identify case management options for people with MS
- identify short-term respite care services
- assess feasibility of optional ways of disseminating information on resources to facilities and people with MS who need long-term care information
- increase capacity of Friendly Listening program
For further information, please contact our Manager of Clinical Programs at 800-344-4867, option 1.
Thank you for your interest!