The Level of Care Needed

It’s important to be realistic about what the person with MS needs, and what the Care Giver can provide in terms of time, kinds of care, and financial responsibility. This is more easily said than done. Making changes — whether small or large — can be enormously difficult.

Coming to terms with chronic illness and disability takes time and strength. Rational decision making can be side-tracked by anger, guilt, grief, confusion, or shame. Care Givers can benefit from speaking with a therapist, counsellor, or other person outside the situation to get a clearer perspective. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The cost of not asking for help may be very high for everyone involved. Your local MS Regional Office may be able to recommend an approved counsellor. Family Carers Ireland offers free one-to-one counselling and personal advocacy services to family carers. More information is available here

People with a significant level of disability can live at home successfully. There are usually a number of solutions to practical problems. For example, someone who cannot transfer from wheelchair to bed or bath can be moved using the proper kind of lift or hoist.

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