Atlantic Division volunteers Ann Murtagh-Coffin and John Merrick and Nova Scotia member of Provincial Legislature Kelly Regan.
Access to Housing and Home Care
Although just a small minority of people younger than age 65 with MS require institutional care, it is vital for their quality of life that their housing and care are appropriate for their age and functional abilities. In the view of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the appropriate solution is the availability of a continuum of housing and care.
Unfortunately, limited housing and care choices, and reduced incomes, sometimes results in younger adults with MS having to move out of their homes to care settings that are inappropriate.
For example, a 43-year-old woman had to move out of her own home because she couldn’t obtain enough in-home care. Today, she is in a long-term care facility with people who are 40 years older.
The MS Society wants changes that will allow people with MS to stay in their own homes or in age-appropriate settings. Allowing individuals choice will improve their quality of life.