MS happens to families, not just to individuals. When a person is diagnosed with MS, there is immediate impact on all who love them.
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter offers an extensive variety of programs, services and resources for you and your family. These resources can be accessed in person, online, by phone and by mail. To learn more, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 or e-mail email@example.com. Families can count on the National MS Society.
Such support and resources include:
- MS Scholarship Program - MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists — to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. The 2014 program opens October 1 and the deadline is January 15, 2014.
- Affordable Health Care Act kicks in as of October 1, 2013. Find important facts for people living with MS and their families.
- Social and Recreational Programs: Engage and connect with other families with similar experiences at our annual Walk MS Events, family fun days at the local ball parks and Knoebels Family Fun park.
- If you are a caregiver who has a spouse with Multiple Sclerosis, you are invited to participate in this research study in understanding the factors that contribute to the quality of life of caregivers who have a family member with Multiple Sclerosis. This study has been approved by the IRB.Camille Simonetti, a doctoral student in the field of counseling psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has created this survey. Camille is studying the impact of social support on the quality of life of spousal caregivers of patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Her hope is that her research will result in an increase in programs dedicated to caregivers of people with Multiple Sclerosis as well as other support resources for caregivers. This survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
- Request Holiday assistance through our Christmas Adopt a Family program.
- In-Person Family Meetings: Learn more about the disease and valuable community resources. Meetings are customized to meet your family’s needs.
- Emotional Support: Connect with a support group or speak with a professional one-on-one through our counseling program.
- Financial Assistance: Access financial support for the family’s basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. We can also consider assisting with items such as school activities or other family-related expenses.
- Financial Counseling: Obtain assistance with everything from basic family budgeting to long-term financial planning. Utilize this program using a phone consultation or arrange a personalized meeting in the comfort of your own home.
- Help in the Home: Request assistance with day-to-day chores and get a much-needed break through our Respite Care Program.
- Education: Attend our symposiums and other education seminars to learn more about advancements in MS research and valuable community resources.