Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP) is a social service organization that serves primarily low and moderate-income clients living with MS and Parkinson's disease (PD), their caregivers and family, in the Central Coast area of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. We were founded to address the profound impact MS has on an individual's physical, psychological and social domains. In 2013, we expanded many of our services to families living with PD in Monterey County. MSQLP fulfills its mission using different programs and events that involve coordination and participation from the Board of Directors, paid staff, and volunteers.
Our 3 main services include:
• Case Management, which includes a in-home assessment in order to help clients obtain needed equipment, resources, and important linkages to local and national agencies;
• Support services, which include support groups, a free water aerobics program, an equipment loan program, and social events;
• Educational events, which for both persons living with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease but also for persons involved with our clients—family members, caregivers, medical professionals.
MSQLP's accomplishments in the delivery of services for:
• Intake an average of 6 new clients per quarter to our Case Management Program.
• In 2013, we expanded our case management services to families living with Parkinson's disease.
• In 2013, we held an award winning family workshop with a follow-up family workshop. MSQLP has participated in the last 8 Consortium of MS Centers annual meetings. In 2013, our poster presentation on the success of our MS family workshop won the Linda Margante HOPE award for our attention to the comprehensive needs of MS patients and their families.
• Each year we host up to 6 collaborative workshops with other service-oriented organizations including the likes of Compassionate Care Alliance, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, National MS Society, CHOMP, etc.
• Each year, we help host and promote an average of 15 collaborative educational events per year with pharmaceutical companies regarding the available treatment and symptom management therapies.
• Each year, we host and average of 18 MS support groups and 92 MS water aerobics classes.
MSQLP's 2015 Case Management Program Statistics:
• Accomplished 60 home visits serving individuals in the Tri-County area.
• Assisted clients and their families in identifying and accomplishing 501 out of 512 care plan goals that are classified under eight areas of need: health and healthcare, finances, social support, functional abilities, activities of daily living, community services, home environment and perceived future needs. This represents a 98% goal completion rating.
• Made over 5,497 moments of contact with clients and for clients. These phone calls, emails, or faxes are necessary to complete care plan goals identified during a home visit, to address any new challenges, and to resolve medical and financial crises. Furthermore, our contact with clients include, reminder phone calls for support groups, educational events, and even medical appointments.
Current snapshot of MSQLP's client community:
• 69% women, 31% men
• 78% white, 14% Hispanic, 5% African-American, 1% Asian, 2% Middle Eastern
• 79% of our clients have household incomes below the median income for our service area. Additionally, 58% of our clients have incomes under $20,000 annually.
• 66% have impaired mobility and use a mobility device.
Special thanks to all of our supporters who have helped us grow!
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