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Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter

 

The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis often leaves the individual and family members with a number of unanswered questions and concerns. One of the first responses to the disease is locating accurate, up-to-date information regarding treatment options and community resources.

The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a variety of services to both individuals and families who are coping with the lifestyle changes created by this disease. Chapter program staff work with a network of volunteers to provide much needed opportunities to the 4,600 clients in the chapter area.

Financial Assistance

Education and Information
Referral
Lending Library
Educational Programs
Research Update
Newsletter
"Knowledge is Power"
Advocacy
Annual Meeting

Health Programs and Services
Exercise Programs
Equipment Loan Program
Affiliated Clinics

Counseling and Social Support Programs
Self-Help Groups
Newly Diagnosed Support


Financial Assistance
New for 2007, the Chapter will be offering a financial assistance program for people with MS. This program is designed to assist people with emergency financial needs as well as to help fund items/projects to improve quality of life for those living with multiple sclerosis. 

There is an application process to qualify for this program and financial assistance awards are limited to $500 per person annually. The Financial Assistance Program is made possible through donations made by generous supporters of the Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Applications for financial assistance are available by calling the NMSS Information & Resources Center at 1-800-FIGHT   MS (1-800-344-4867) option “1”.


Grocery Assistance
During tough financial times, cutting grocery costs is a way to help make ends meet.  Angel Food Ministries offers a low cost way to get quality, nutricious food at a reduced cost.  This service is run through Angel Food Ministries and is not affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Questions about the program or to apply, you must contact Angel Food Ministries.  For more information, please visit their website at http://www.angelfoodministries.com/

 

 Education and Information 
Obtaining accurate information about MS can be challenging. For this reason, the chapter has a wide array of information available for persons with MS, their families and friends, health care professionals, students and the general public. Information topics range from identifying symptoms to diagnosis, treatment and research. There is no charge for this information.

Statewide Medicare and Medicaid Contact Information

  Referral
The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter maintains up-to-date listings of local agencies that provide services for people managing the effects of multiple sclerosis.  For more information call
 1-800-344-4867, option 1 or 502-451-0014, option 1.    Neurologists on the chapter's referral list

 Lending Library
A complete and up-to-date library of books, videotapes and audiotapes on a variety of topics related to MS is maintained. Materials are mailed upon request and include postage paid return envelopes.  For more information please call 
1-800-344-4867, option 1 or 502-451-0014, option 1.Chapter Lending Library List

 Education Programs 
Education Programs are offered on a variety of topics that range from dealing with diagnosis to adapting to life with MS. The Chapter also provides a research seminar and professional teleconference series which offers CEU/CME credits. Call  1-800-344-4867, option 1 or 502-451-0014, option 1.

MS ACADEMY is a day long- educational program designed to educate and empower people who are interested in learning more about multiple sclerosis.  MS ACADEMY will provide “classes” on a variety of topics relating to MS, presented by professionals from your community.  This program is intended for persons with multiple sclerosis, adult family members, friends, and community members.
 
TELECARE is the digital transmission of information from one site to another.  This type of programming provides face-to-face interactivity with speaker and participant close to the participant’s home. With TELECARE, it is possible to reach many areas of Kentucky and bring a wider array of speakers who specialize in multiple sclerosis
  
Research Update
The Research Update is a one-day seminar which focuses on current MS medical and research news. CEU/CME credits will be offered. Call 1-800-344-4867, option 1
for more information.  For information on Research

Newsletter
MSConnection
is the chapter's quarterly newsletter. The publication is sent to people with MS, their families and friends, as well as health care professionals and donors. It contains information about chapter activities, resources clients may want to explore, and the latest research.
Inside MS is a quarterly magazine sent from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's office in New York.
View the current MS Connection

Knowledge is Power
A diagnosis of MS can be frightening. Knowledge of the disease can make it easier to cope with the challenges to come. "Knowledge is Power" is an eight-week series of articles for people diagnosed with MS. The articles cover issues such as symptom management, fatigue, and family communication. Call 1-800-344-4867, option 1
for additional information.

Advocacy
As part of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter monitors federal, state, and local issues and legislation that affect people with MS. The Chapter is active in disability coalitions, advisory councils, and organizations representing the interests of persons with chronic illnesses and their families. Call 1-800-344-4867, option 1
for more information. 

Annual Meeting
The annual meeting serves the purpose of reflecting on past accomplishments and sharing goals for the upcoming year.

Health Programs and Services

Exercise Programs
The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter offers aquatics and yoga classes specifically for people with MS. These classes are lead by trained professionals who consider the special needs of people with multiple sclerosis.  Call the Chapter Office at 1-800-873-6367 or 502-451-0014  for times, dates and locations. 

For information on Aquatics Classes  

For information on Yoga Classes

For information on General Exercise Classes

Equipment Loan Program
Durable medical equipment is loaned at no cost to MS clients if the item cannot be covered through insurance. The goal of this program is to help people live more safely and independently. Clients must be registered and have a prescription from a physician for the particular item of equipment. Call 1-800-344-4867, option 1 for information.

Affiliated Clinics
A Multiple Sclerosis Clinic provides provides comprehensive care. The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter maintains clinical affiliations with many clinics throughout our services area. Contact the Chapter office for more information. Affiliated clinics include: University of Kentucky MS Center  in Lexington, KY; Baptist Hospital East MS Center  in Louisville, KY; and Louisville Comprehensive Care Multiple Sclerosis Center, also in Louisville, KY. Learn more about Research at UK MS Center

Counseling and Social Support Programs
The services staff provide short-term counseling over the phone and referrals to mental health professionals for long-term counseling .

Self-Help Groups
Groups led by trained peer leaders are held on a monthly basis. Groups meet primarily for educational and social purposes, allowing members to share feelings and find support with others in similar situations. Call 1-800-344-4867, option 1 for more information.  View a list of Self-Help Groups

Newly Diagnosed Support
Packages of information are available to individuals newly diagnosed with MS. The information package provides knowledge about a wide variety of multiple sclerosis topics and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of each person. To receive a newly diagnosed packet, contact the Chapter office at 1-800-344-4867, option 1 or 502-451-0014, option 1.

 

 

Program Calendar
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