The MSF understands the daily needs and challenges that must be met by individuals with MS and their caregivers. In order to meet these needs in the most timely and efficient manner, the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program serves as a liaison between the patient and the local resources that are available to meet his or her specific needs. Should resources within the patient’s community be unavailable, direct support will be provided on a temporary basis through the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program.
Available Services include
- Home Care, such as personal hygiene services, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation and transportation to and from appointments can be provided for a limited time.
- Therapy Visits, based upon individual need, may be arranged with an occupational, physical or speech therapist. Through education and training, these therapists can help to foster independence, self-esteem, and better quality of life for the person living with MS.
- Respite Care may be provided on a short-term basis for a scheduled period of time. Respite allows primary caregivers the opportunity to have time out to tend to themselves or other family business with the assurance that the patient is being cared for by a properly trained individual.
- Coming Home from the hospital can be a difficult time of transition. The MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program offers a four-hour visit from an aide who will meet the patient at the hospital, provide transportation, and get the patient settled comfortably at home.
The Application Process
The MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program will send the patient or other responsible party an application by mail. Applications for the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program are available online or via postal mail. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, level of disability, income, family support, and assistance requirements. This information helps the Home Care Coordinator to assess the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the patient.
Upon review, the Home Care Coordinator will determine what services will be provided through the MSF or if a referral to another resource is needed. For more information on the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program or to access these services, call: (888) MSFOCUS (673-6287).