PARTNERING WITH CARE PARTNERS

LOVED ONES AND CARE PARTNERS ARE A CRUCIAL RESOURCE

Patients living with MS struggle with a host of symptoms and challenges that may be difficult for them to describe, assess, and report on their own.

Care partners offer invaluable insight into the state of your patients' experiences.

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HELP LOVED ONES AND CARE PARTNERS TAKE CONTROL

Care partners are often eager to support patients along their journey. Include them by giving them the tools to keep track of their symptoms over time.

Talk to care partners about

  • Writing down when their loved ones or friends have a relapse or do not return to their normal baseline

  • Identifying subtle disability accumulation, such as increased difficulty with balance or walking1,2

  • Recording if their loved ones have difficulty doing something that they previously could do easily, such as remembering new information or performing daily activities (eg, dressing themselves, combing hair)

  • Reminding their loved ones that a diagnosis of SPMS is not the end; by bringing attention to these changes, they can receive better support

Care partners are often eager to support patients along their journey. Include them by giving them the tools to keep track of their symptoms over time.

MS=multiple sclerosis; SPMS=secondary progressive MS.

References: 1. Northrop DE, Frankel D, eds. Caring for loved ones with advanced MS: a guide for families. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/NationalMSSociety/media/MSNationalFiles/Brochures/Guidebook-Caring-for-Loved-Ones-with-Advanced-MS-A-Guide-for-Families.pdf. Published November 2007. Accessed July 9, 2018. 2. Ziemssen T, Derfuss T, de Stefano N, et al. Optimizing treatment success in multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2016;263(6):1053-1065.