Multiple Sclerosis & Long-term Care
People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have so many unique needs from the extended care population. MS patients suffering from spasticity need to be monitored very carefully. In severe cases, they are treated with a pump that delivers anti-spasticity drugs directly to the spinal cord.
Accessibility is also an important consideration for multiple sclerosis patients looking to move into a community. They also need very sophisticated power equipment that takes a lot of space. Because of the nature of the disease, MS patients are typically younger and tend to reside at the facility for a longer time. Additionally, they may be more physically dependent but mentally alert and experience more symptoms of depression. The fact that MS strikes most patients at a young age means that an MS patient seeking help might be in their 40s. As a result, families seeking a caregiver for a loved one with MS need to ensure that the caregiver has experience with the symptoms of an unpredictable disease and can provide care for someone with a desire for mobility and mental stimulation.
Many MS patients are cognitively intact, intellectually alert, and want to be stimulated. They need things of interest going on, and the caregiver needs to make sure transportation is available so they can go to museums, restaurants, and run errands.