Being A Care Giver

Care Givers to people with MS are usually spouses, children and parents. Caring for someone with MS can be difficult because the disease is unpredictable and so caregiving needs are continually changing.

Each person with MS has a different set of symptoms and disease course. The most common type of MS is one that relapses and remits, meaning there are often times of high functioning and capability, and other times the person will need significant support and assistance.

The needs of those with MS vary greatly and can change drastically over time, but often not in a progressive pattern. This can make care giving very complicated, as it may be difficult to know when the person with MS will need care and how much he or she will need.

There are many advocacy and support groups, both online, and in-person meet up groups, that may be critical to you as a Care Giver, to know how to deal with the ups and downs and the unpredictable nature of MS. From these, a wealth of information may be garnered. 

Family Carers Ireland provide a range of services and supports for family carers, including support groups, counselling, personal advocacy, home care services, an information line and training. Visit their website at: https://familycarers.ie/

Family Carers Ireland also provides a mentoring programme nationwide for family carers. They pair up experienced carers with newer carers in similar roles, for peer support. Contact Arlene Carroll on 086 1731535 or acarroll@familycarers.ie for further information.

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