Monday, January 7, 2008

In the News: Easing the Burden for MS Patients' Families

After Bill Miller was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a succession of setbacks strained his family's ability to cope. Caring for Miller — who can't bathe, feed or dress himself — taxed his five siblings emotionally, physically and financially, she said. Then the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Colorado office stepped in about 18 months ago and found resources for Miller that his family didn't know existed.

When his family couldn't find a nursing home that would take him, the MS Society found a home that met all his needs one week after he had to exit the assisted-living facility. The agency showed the family how Miller could tap federal aid. When he was renting, the MS Society found transportation for him to get to doctors' offices and grocery stores. An agency psychiatric counselor visited him at home; experts advised his family how to qualify for federal assistance.

These are select excerpts from a January 6, 2008, article from the Denver Post. Click here to read the complete story.

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