Br J Nurs 2002 May 22;11(9):635-42
Treetops High Dependency Centre, Highwoods, Colchester.
This article describes the model of care that has been developed to promote empowerment, self-determination and hope for those with multiple sclerosis (MS) in residential care, while providing expert management of the clinical problems and resultant disability associated with MS.
The model has been successful in improving the quality of life of MS patients in many tangible ways.
Most significantly, the model has helped both staff and residents to realize the profound disability caused by MS can be managed more successfully if the unique clinical/psychosocial profiles of each person are explored, understood and accounted for in the management of their MS.