From 1993 to 1996, staff at the start-up MS Achievement Center at the Park—a multiple sclerosis (MS) day center in Rochester, N.Y.—replicated a program based on the country's only existing MS-specific day center, the MS Achievement Center of Minnesota, which had reported the benefit of peer counseling and support for persons severely affected with MS.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program national program.
The center officially opened in June 1993. The center's initial enrollment was 25, and average daily attendance, 11. Eight-five percent of its clients needed total care—i.e., care provided by two nurse's assistants, including feeding.