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MSAA provides cooling vests (such as the one pictured here) to individuals with MS who qualify for the program.

Easing Daily Life...

through equipment distribution and housing

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MSAA eases daily life through products and services that assist clients with their day-to-day needs and comfort. Requested equipment is shipped to clients at no charge. (Please note that certain income requirements apply, as well as limits to the number of items obtained.) These products increase comfort, safety, and/ or mobility.

MSAA's Equipment Distribution Program provides a varied inventory of equipment to clients at no charge, designed to increase patient safety and provide greater accessibility. Examples of equipment available include bathroom safety items such as tub/shower chairs and grab bars; daily living aids consisting of wide-grip utensils and leg lifts; and mobility products such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. MSAA continues to explore new equipment options to address various physical symptoms and exercise needs.

MSAA's Cooling Equipment Distribution Program helps individuals whose symptoms worsen from heat. In association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), MSAA has conducted extensive research into the effects of moderate, controlled cooling on individuals with heat-sensitive MS. These and other studies have repeatedly shown that cooling the body can help lessen the negative effects of heat and humidity for individuals with heat-sensitive MS. This technology enables some patients to continue such activities as exercise and physical therapy programs by controlling the effects of heat and reducing fatigue.

Photo of the outside of an apartment complex
MSAA Commons in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The Cooling Equipment Distribution Program provides special cooling vests at no charge to individuals with MS who are sensitive to heat. These cooling vests contain insulated pockets that hold small ice packs. MS clients who wear these vests often experience temporary cooling relief, allowing them to spend a few hours outdoors when the weather is warm.

For individuals with MS who have limited mobility or who have other physical needs, MSAA may be able to help through MSAA's Barrier-Free Housing Program. The program offers 125 specially constructed apartments that are completely wheelchair accessible, offering income-eligible residents a safe and comfortable environment in which to live. Located in New Jersey and North Carolina, on-site social services are available at each housing complex to provide additional support to residents.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:08