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Multiple Sclerosis: Modifying Your Home

Overview

If you have trouble moving around or if you get tired easily because of MS, it may help to make some changes in your home. Here are some things you can do.

  • Change the location of furniture.

    Arrange furniture so you can hold on to something as you move around the house.

  • Use specially modified chairs.

    They can help make it easier to sit down and stand up.

  • Group the items you use most often.

    Put things like reading glasses, keys, and the telephone in one easy-to-reach place. Then you can avoid having to walk long distances to get them.

  • Tack down rugs to prevent tripping.
  • Put no-slip tape in the bathtub and install grab bars to prevent falls.

An occupational therapist can help you make these and other changes to your home, including helping you to find ways to make dressing, bathing, and eating easier. Contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for other sources of advice and information on adapting your home environment to meet your changing needs.

Credits

Current as of: May 4, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology

 

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