Multiple Sclerosis Day Program

The goal of the Multiple Sclerosis Day program is to enable individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to achieve and maintain the highest possible level of independence and quality of life. The Day Program provides participants with opportunities to develop and maintain functional skills, as well as providing chances for social and supportive interaction with other individuals with MS.

Activities

A therapeutically structured program, activities in a typical day of the Multiple Sclerosis Day program include:

  • Physical exercise
  • Stress management
  • Leisure counseling
  • Communication skills development
  • Daily discussion groups

Ongoing social activities outside the hospital setting are scheduled frequently, such as

  • Recreational activities
  • Community outings

Ongoing participant education is also an important part of the program and several sessions per month are devoted to

  • Professional presentations and
  • Research updates.

Who Attends

Participants are individuals with Multiple Sclerosis who meet admission requirements and are living independently or with full-or part-time caregivers.

Requirements

In order to participate in the Multiple Sclerosis Day Program, individuals must be able to communicate needs to the staff, to ambulate or self-propel in their wheelchairs, and to transfer with no more than moderate physical assistance of one caregiver. Please contact Kristie Weinberger for more information and for the form your doctor will have to complete for you to participate.

Days/Time

There is one program provided each day four days a week. Groups meet Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants attend one time a week and are assigned a specific day.

Location

University of Maryland School of Medicine
UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
2200 Kernan Drive, Terrace Level
Baltimore, MD 21207-6697
Phone: 410-448-6721
Fax: 410-448-6875
KristieWeinberger@umm.edu

Staff

The Day Program is directed by Kristie Weinberger, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) who supervises a full-time staff and volunteers.

Cost

The Day Program is funded by US Against MS and, therefore, is free. However, participants are expected to cover the costs of their lunches as well as any costs associated with scheduled community outings. Transportation is also the responsibility of the patient. However, the MTA Paratransit Service and County Ride programs do make stops at Kernan.

Funding

US Against MS is small group who concentrates most of its energy on developing programs that complement rather than duplicate those already available in the local community. The Day Program fits the focus of US Against MS by providing information and services that would enhance the daily life and activities of Multiple Sclerosis patients and their families in Maryland.

Contact Us

Kristie Weinberger, CTRS
Multiple Sclerosis Day Program Coordinator
UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
2200 Kernan Drive
Phone: 410-448-6721
Fax: 410-448-6875
Email: KristieWeinberger@umm.edu