Home Nursing Care & Physiotherapy
Physical therapy for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS) focuses on helping them return to the roles performed at home, work, and in the community. Research studies have found that people in the early stages of MS may experience changes in their walking ability, balance, and breathing. If ignored, these early signs can lead to further disability. When someone receives a diagnosis of MS, the best option is to begin physical therapy right away to help improve any mild challenges and possibly slow down the progression of the symptoms of the disease.
Physical therapists play an important role in the management of MS throughout the disease course – at diagnosis, during and after relapses, during periods of progression as well as periods of stability, and when the disease becomes more advanced.
Physiotherapy for MS involves exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve gait (how you walk) and the balance and coordination. It also involves stretches to help them maintain mobility and prevent muscle spasms. Physiotherapy can also include training on how to use mobility aids like a cane, walker, or wheelchair.
To improve the mobility of poor and marginalised, MSSI provides home nursing care and physiotherapy support to the MS persons, who can’t afford these services. At present, we are supporting the patients under Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune chapters.
- Medical Camps & Medicines reimbursements
MSSI provides free of cost medical support to MS persons through our regular Medical camps organised to address the health needs of MS persons. The healthcare professionals Neurologists, ophthalmologists, urologist etc provides regular consultation to MS persons through these camps. MSSI also reimburse medicine cost of MS patients in special cases.
- Online Doctor-Patient Interactions
During Covid 19 pandemic, the focus of medical camps shifted to online patient Doctor interaction keeping in mind the safety of MS persons. MSSI play a bridge role between MS patients and the Neurologists to access better consultation and treatment. During Covid 19 pandemic, efforts are being made to provide online consultations services to the MS persons to bridge the gap and maximise the direct benefits to MS persons.
- Mobility Aids
Problems with walking can interfere with work, travel, social events, and daily activities. Symptoms such as fatigue or spasticity can aggravate difficulties in getting around. Fortunately, many challenges with mobility can be alleviated by using mobility aids. These can be as simple as a cane or foot orthotic or as complex as a power wheelchair or adapted vehicle.In order to increase the mobility of MS persons, MSSI provides the support of Wheelchairs, Walkers, walking sticks to the low-income group MS persons, so that they could lead a normal life and can do their routine activities on daily basis.
- Comfort & Hygiene Aids
Many people with MS experience a range of bladder problems, including urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence may range from occasional leaks when coughing or sneezing to sudden urges to urinate throughout the day, sometimes leaking before making it to the bathroom. Due to a combination of incontinence and limited mobility, many MS person depends on hygiene aids. To reduce the burden of disease, MSSI support Hygiene products like Diaper, catheters, toilet chairs, commode chairs and supplements to the MS person across 8 chapters in India.
- Yoga sessions
Yoga has the potential to lessen several physical symptoms of MS and may contribute to improved strength, flexibility, posture, balance, focus, circulation, digestion, elimination, and pelvic floor health and to decreased tension, fatigue, and spasticity. Many MS persons have changed their lives through yoga practices and leading a healthy life with MS. We organise online sessions on Yoga with MS persons to adopt best practices and lead a normal life.
Some people with multiple sclerosis find counselling can be helpful to develop techniques to cope with the uncertainties and unpredictabilities of the condition and adapt to any changing symptoms. MSSI provides Counselling support to MS persons and their caregivers to deal with issues related to MS. Our teams across 8 chapters in India are in regular touch with all registered members to address the issues of MS persons facing due to disease-related problems or social stigma, acceptance at home and workplace.
MSSI is supporting the school/college going MS persons and the Children of MS persons in their school/college fees. This service is available for poor and needy MS persons to continue their education. During the Covid 19 pandemic, due to loss of jobs and impact on small businesses, many families were facing challenges to continue the education of their children. This scholarship support from MSSI is helping the families to reduce the burden of education expenses to ease their lives.