Caregivers Need Care Too!
Part of our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone who is affected by MS. We recognize that MS impacts the person who has been diagnosed with the disease, and that it also affects people who are closest to that person.
If you are a family member or close friend of someone with MS, you more than likely you may find yourself in a caregiver role. Although this role is stems from love and concern, it can also be physically and emotionally draining at times. Taking the time to pay attention to your own needs as well as the person you’re caring for is critical for everyone involved.
The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National MS Society has resources available to help to help when you are feeling overwhelmed, or at a loss about where to get help for yourself or your loved one, including:
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, Western PA 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.
What You Can Do
Advocate! At the National MS Society, Western PA 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 contact Karen Mariner at 1-800-548-4611.
Connect with others
Participate in one of the Western PA Chapter's events! What a great way to meet others and share!