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INTRODUCTION

The Multiple Sclerosis Day Program was developed in conjunction with Kernan Hospital to help meet the progressively changing maintenance and rehabilitation needs of individuals with M.S. living in the community. Designed for adults diagnosed with M.S. and living independently or with full-or part-time caregivers, the program is also available for individuals with M.S. who are living in Assisted Living and Nursing Home facilities who meet admission requirements.

PROGRAM GOAL

The Goal of the M.S. Day program is to enable individuals with M.S. to achieve and maintain the highest possible level of independence and quality of life. The program provides participants with opportunities to develop and maintain functional skills, as well as providing chances for social and supportive interaction with other individuals with M.S.

A patient excercizing in
the Day Program
Day Program participants visit the Building Museum

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

In order to Participate in the M.S. Day Program, individuals must be able to communicate needs to the staff, to ambulate or self-propel in their wheelchairs, and to transfer with no more than moderate physical assistance of one caregiver.

THE TYPICAL DAY

A typical in the M.S. program includes physical exercise, stress management, leisure counseling, communication skills development, and daily discussion groups. Recreational activities and community outings are also provided. Because ongoing participant education is an important part of the program, several sessions per month are devoted to professional presentations and research updates.

The full-time staff of the M.S. Day Program is funded by US Against MS. Participation in the program, therefore, is free. However, participants are expected to cover the costs of their lunches as well as any costs associated with scheduled community outings. Transportation is also the responsibility of the patient. However, the MTA Paratransit Service and County Ride programs do make stops stops at Kernan.

A Day Program participant takes a bicycle ride

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Timonium, MD 21093-2115

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