Understanding RMS Resources for You and Your Care Partner
- by Mina K.
- November 04, 2019
Mina K. has been compensated by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Living with a chronic disease, like MS, often comes with many questions and it’s important to be familiar with the education and resources available to those affected. I encourage everyone whose life has been touched by MS to learn about what’s available; the organizations devoted to supporting MS are plenty. Below, I've highlighted some offerings from just two of the many organizations.
Some of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s (NMSS) highlighted offerings are:
- MS chapters: To find a chapter near you, enter your zip code or state, and you'll find a list of events and support within your community.
- Newsletters: Register for free newsletters right from the comfort of home. It can be helpful to stay up to date with news related to MS and connect with others in the community.
- Insurance & financial information: The NMSS provides information and resources to people with MS about maintaining financial security. It provides guidance on taking advantage of your health coverage options and needs, staying insured when circumstances change, and planning for your future needs.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) provides:
- Educational videos, publications, and magazines: Through a wide array of print, electronic, and web-based formats, the MSAA provides current and easy-to-understand information for Care Partners, family members, and people living with MS.
- Safety and mobility equipment distribution: The MSAA Equipment Distribution Program offers home safety products such as shower chairs and grab bars, as well as mobility devices including canes, walkers, and wheelchairs at no charge to those living with MS.
- Cooling accessories: The MSAA Cooling Program offers cooling vests and accessories for adults with MS to help cool the neck, wrists, and ankles.
- Lending library: This program offers a comprehensive selection of books and DVDs that address disease and symptom management, wellness, personal stories from people living with MS and their Care Partners, and many other important topics.
There are many organizations that offer different types of education and resources, including Teva’s Shared Solutions®. You can even chat with a Shared Solutions® nurse by calling 1-800-887-8100. I encourage everyone whose life has been impacted by MS to seek out a resource or service that is right for them.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.