Home care workers, social workers, and sex therapists

Home care workers
Some people with MS need extra help caring for themselves at home. A family member or spouse may take on this role, but there may come a time when the caregiving needs of the person with MS exceed the time, financial, or emotional resources available to the family. This is where a home care worker may be able to help. Home care workers can help the person with MS live independently at home.

Home care workers may provide a variety of different services including:

  • personal care (washing, grooming, dressing)
  • medical care (exercises, bowel and bladder management, administration of medications)
  • homemaking (shopping, cooking, cleaning, running errands)
  • companionship (talking with and entertaining the person with MS)
  • psychological support (counseling)

The first step is to talk your healthcare professional about the services that you may need and to find a home care worker who is qualified to provide these services. Your local MS society, MS nurse, or social worker may be able to refer you to suitable home care worker in your area.

Social workers
The social worker connects people who have MS to the social services that they may need, including housing, insurance, long-term care facilities, powers of attorney for personal care, and financial planning.

Sex therapists
A number of people with MS may experience sexual problems. For some people, the physical effects of MS may make sexual activity more difficult or less enjoyable. Others may feel less desirable or guilty about their condition. Partners may struggle with the dual role of caregiver and sexual partner.

Open communication between partners may help to resolve these problems. But in some cases, it's a good idea to get help from a professional. Sex therapists are trained to provide counseling on sex and relationship issues, and some specialize in MS. They can help couples work through and resolve problems related to sex and intimacy. It's a good idea to find a therapist who is familiar with the physical and emotional effects of MS on sexuality. Your local MS society, MS nurse, or physician may be able to help you find a therapist.

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