Adapting Your Home for Multiple Sclerosis
What Changes Can I Make in My Home for Multiple Sclerosis? continued...
Using the toilet
- Use an elevated toilet seat and/or safety rails to assist standing and sitting. Do not use towel racks or bathroom tissue holders to help you stand.
- Put extended lever handles on faucets to make them easier to turn.
General hygiene and self-care
- Use hairbrushes and combs with built-up handles or handles with finger loops.
- Use toothbrushes with built-up handles or use an electric toothbrush.
Eating and drinking
- Rest your elbows on the table to provide more motion at your wrist and hand.
- Sit with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle in a straight-back chair.
- Use utensils with built-up, lightweight handles or use a "spork" -- a spoon and fork in one. Use a rocker knife for cutting food.
- Use a nonskid mat (made out of a material called Dycem) to stabilize objects on the table.
- Use a plate guard or plate with a raised lip to prevent food from spilling.
- Use a long straw with a non-spill cup or use a plastic mug with a large handle.
Working in the kitchen
- Have at least one counter workspace that has been lowered so that you can reach it from a sitting position.
- Use a jar opener for tightly sealed containers.
- Don't close jar lids or containers too tightly once they have been opened.
- Use an extended lever to assist with lift-tab cans.
- Use pans with a wide base that cannot be knocked over easily.
- Use a food processor for vegetable cutting and peeling.
- Use plastic containers to avoid breakage.
- Use a nonskid mat to stabilize bowls and plates.
- Store food and beverages (such as milk or juice) in small, easy-to-manage containers.
- Place utensils, pots, pans, and measuring cups on a pegboard or in an accessible cupboard instead of in lower cupboards, which require bending. Sit when getting things out of lower cupboards.
- Use a spike board to stabilize vegetables, fruit, and potatoes so you have both hands free to peel or chop them.
- Use two hands to pour liquids.
- Use scissors to open cellophane packages. Use a box top opener to open boxes.
- Use electrical appliances whenever possible.