The Multiple Sclerosis Society Respite Care Fund, Washington, DC
2002 Washington, DC Happy Hour Recipient
“This care, I believe, helps me to stay out of a nursing home and also helps me to maintain a more independent life-style,” says an anonymous respite care recipient.
Several members of the Betterment network have multiple sclerosis, and the Foundation wants to do everything it can to help. In conjunction with the MS Walk in 2002, Betterment raised funds to support Respite Care to provide alternative care for patients in the Washington area while their caregivers take time off. The following quotes are from recipients of the respite care program sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. The program is made possible with the support of organizations like Betterment.
“I would like to thank you very much for the support you provided to us under your program to assist individuals with multiple sclerosis. We received help with part of the cost of household help. My wife and I very much appreciate all that you do to help families deal with multiple sclerosis.”
“The benefits of this aid can have a psychological benefit, as well as a specific benefit (such as preparing a meal). The anticipation of seeing the aide, interacting, having someone care about you, concerned about you, etc., has a positive effect on your health and wellbeing.”
“This assistance allowed me the opportunity to be away for a few nights from my regular, exhausting caregiving chores. Thank you.”
Today the MS Respite Care Program serves more than 145 individuals and families on a yearly basis, and is continually bettering the lives of all those they touch.