The Society has been in existence since 1963 and services are provided principally through Field Workers. These Field Workers visit people in their homes when asked and in some cases on a more regular basis. This full-time advisory and visiting service for our Members with MS and other allied neurological diseases is not provided by any other agency.
Our Field Workers offer the following services:
- An informed, up-to-date knowledge of the condition.
- Assessment of a person’s particular needs.
- Referral and liaison with appropriate services.
- Support for clients and families.
- Support groups including meetings for newly diagnosed and discussions groups as and when required.
- Social activities such as monthly coffee mornings/luncheons.
- Advocacy for clients eg with employers, income support services, industrial/discrimination advice, Housing NZ, etc.
- Educating the public and health professionals about MS and related issues.
A typical home visit may take about 1 to 1½ hours, the minimum time needed to build a trusting relationship so that a true assessment of a situation can be made. Multiple Sclerosis is not a condition which affects people in isolation. When one person in the family has MS their whole family has “MS” as well.
For details on how to contact a Field worker please go to the ‘Contact Details’ section.