Freehold opens first East Coast living complex for MS patients

Artist's rendering of Kershaw Commons.

Freehold has the first housing complex on the East Coast just for people with multiple sclerosis, according to the Star-Ledger.

Kershaw Commons,  a complex of one- and two-bedroom apartments, was dedicated this week, with room to help “30 MS patients live as independently as possible,” according to Lori Grifa, the state Department of Community Affairs commissioner.

It has 25 one-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units, with one of those units set aside for an on-site superintendent, the Cliffview Pilot said.

Wide doors open automatically, kitchen counters are arranged at a lower level and cabinets and shelves are set within easy reach. The kitchen in every unit has roll-out pantry shelves, and sinks and countertops that can be rolled under in a wheelchair. The bathrooms have grab bars and a roll-in shower with an seat and controls. And the elevator is big enough to fit more than one scooter.

Not only is this the first such facility on this coast, it’s only the third in the United States.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says MS is “a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.”

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