A HELPING HAND WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST
Financial Aid Available Through the Direct Assistance Program
The Southern California Chapter currently offers financial assistance through the Direct Assistance Program to individuals with MS and their families to help access needed services that are not available using other resources (private insurance, Medicare, MediCal). The program is based on financial need and offers funding for the following services:
Rhoda Goetz Personal Assistance Program: A fund to assist individuals who are faced with financial, logistical or physical barriers to maintaining healthy personal hygiene and care. Gain access to services such as hair, skin and nail care. For more information and requirements please call Miranda Mirsec at 1.800.344.4867.
Iva Shaljian Home Assistance Support: 8 consecutive days, 4 hours/day after a hospital stay or exacerbation. Must use licensed home care agency.
Durable Medical Equipment: Share of cost for durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, hand rails, etc.) if not covered by insurance. Limit: up to $400 per year.
Sherak Emergency Fund: Funding for unexpected one-time situations (food, rent, utilities). Limit: up to $300 per year.
Physical/Occupational Therapy: In-home evaluation and five to six follow-up visits for a person who cannot leave home and whose insurance will not cover this service.
Grisanti Respite Fund: Provided through a licensed home care agency for the family member who is a full-time care partner and needs time off. Share-of-cost basis. Up to 6 days/year, up to 12 hours/day.
Chore Service Program: Assistance for house cleaning service. Limit: up to $300 per fiscal year.
Supporting the Family: A fund to take care of special out-of-the-ordinary family needs (i.e. school pictures, sports uniforms, etc.). Limit: up to $300 per year.
Checks are made out and sent directly to the vendor. For more information about any of these financial assistance programs, please call 1.800.344.4867 or 310.479.4456.
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