March 18, 2011

Nourishing a person’s mind, body and spirit are essential when helping a person with MS stay motivated and enabled. Due to the changeability of the disease, the type and degree of help needed will vary from person to person and may even vary from time to time for the same individual. As with any ailment that requires caregiving, family members can become burnt out or simply not know how to help. Continuum recommends turning to a professional caregiver for some respite help.

The power of mind over body is key in any disease, but really plays a big role in MS. Keeping spirits high will go a long way in managing the disease and making life more enjoyable. Caregivers are not only physical helpers but know tips/tricks to help lift spirits, such as:

  • Offering comfort measures, such as gentle massage and warm (not hot) baths
  • Encouraging independence by being sensitive to knowing when to take and then give back responsibility for tasks as symptoms come and go
  • Providing emotional support
  • Providing recommendations for devices designed to make daily activities more comfortable, such as built-up utensils, reaching devices, and sliding boards

A few hours a day of practical assistance from a professional caregiver who is trained in MS care can save energy sources from being drained.

We’re happy to make available for you the following MS resource sheets. Click the links to view, or right click to print or save to your computer.
How Home Care can benefit a person with MS
Multiple Sclerosis fact sheet