Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Family

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Multiple sclerosis imposes a certain amount of burden not only on the patients but also on the caregivers. The unpredictability of the prognosis, the possibility of severe physical disability and cognitive add to the despair. It is very important to evaluate and take appropriate measures to relieve the burden of the caregiver because. health-related quality of life of the patient is inversely correlated with caregiver burden (Alshobaili et al, 2008).&nbsp.

Samantha’s family consists of four members: 33-year-old Samantha, her husband Nick and their two daughters aged 10 and 8 years. Both Samantha and Nick were earning members until the diagnosis of the disease in Samantha. As the disease progresses, Samantha will not be able to move normally. She may not be able to do activities normally. She may cease to go for work or take up only part-time work. Thus the disease may even affect the income of the family.

Samantha is in the middle age. As an active teacher until the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, she may not continue to be as active and cheerful as before. Besides the gloom of the diagnosis and the disabilities due to the disease process, Samanthas responsibility as the care-taker parent of her children is likely to change. She will now be more dependent on her husband and the care-taker maid to take care of her children. Depending on the extent of disabilities, Samantha may need help for day-to-day chores like cooking, bathing, washing clothes, cleaning the house and other activities. Her husbands’ responsibilities will increase. Other than becoming the only earning member of the family, he may have to support Samantha in daily chores and cooking, in her day-to-day activities and also in the care of their children.&nbsp. The children are in the middle childhood age group and are of minimal help in day-to-day activities. The increase in responsibilities causes an increase in workload for Nick which can lead to increased frustration.&nbsp.