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What Changes Can I Make in My Home for Multiple Sclerosis? continued...


  • Use long handles on sponge mops, cleaning brushes, dustpans, brooms, or window washers.
  • Sit to fold laundry, wash dishes, iron clothes, use the sweeper, mop the floor, or plug in appliances at low outlets. Adapt counters so that you can reach them from your wheelchair or from a sitting position.


  • Call ahead to make sure the store has the item you need.
  • Call ahead to reserve a wheelchair or tri-wheel cart if you aren't planning to bring your own.
  • Call a taxi or ask a friend or family member to drive you.

Other useful tips

  • Always keep emergency numbers in an accessible location; consider having them preset on your phone.
  • Use telephones with oversized buttons.
  • To avoid slipping or tripping, remove throw rugs.
  • Make your environment as comfortable and sensory-pleasing as possible. Use soothing colors to decorate, use scented candles or potpourri in fragrances that relax you. Keep photos and music around that lift your spirit.
  • If you find you would like company during the day, consider a pet such as a bird, a fish, or a cat. If you are concerned about daily care, surround yourself with plants or flowers.
  • Make sure the temperature and climate in your home are suitable to your sensitivities. The more comfortable and uplifting your environment is, the more positive your attitude will be!

By maintaining a high quality of life and a positive attitude, living with MS can be more manageable.


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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on May 30, 2015
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