Who is a Caregiver? A caregiver is anyone who provides attention and care to a loved one, whether it is a family member or a friend. A caregiver can be young or old.
Programs for Caregivers
Watch our Calendar of Programs regularly for programs for caregivers in the various areas of Michigan.
Knowledge is Power (KIP) is an educational program conducted through the mail. Each week for six weeks, participants receive articles and supplemental materials relating to a variety of topics. Although this information was developed for people newly diagnosed with MS, it is open to everyone. Call 800-344-4867, option 1 to sign up for KIP.
Self Help Groups
Self-Help Groups can be a great place to share support and resources. There are several Self-Help Groups throughout the state for family members and friends of people with MS. To find out if there is a Self-Help Group for caregivers in your area call 800-344-4867, option 1.
The National MS Society, Michigan Chapter, is offering financial assistance services to address the needs of individuals with multiple sclerosis and their families. One area this program assists chapter members is Respite Care, care when the usual caregiver is temporarily unavailable because of travel, illness or other demands. For more information on this service, click here.
The National Family Caregivers Association is an excellent resource for support and information. You may contact them at 800-896-3650.
The Well Spouse Foundation is another excellent resource for caregiver information. You may reach them at 800-838-0879.
What You Can Do
Advocate! At the National MS Society-Michigan Chapter, we are proud of the support and programs that we provide for caregivers. At the same time, we are aware of the great need for more resources and services, particularly respite care. We are advocating for you! If you are willing to assist us by speaking at legislative hearings or meeting with your legislator, please
e-mail or call Ruth Linnemann at 517-339-6002.