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    Multiple Sclerosis: Modifying Your Home - Topic Overview

    If you have trouble moving around or if you become tired easily because of multiple sclerosis (MS), it may help to make some changes in your home. For instance, it might be helpful to:

    • Change the location of furniture so that you can hold on to something as you move around the house.
    • Use specially modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up.
    • Group the items you use most often, such as reading glasses, keys, and the telephone, in one easy-to-reach place so that you can avoid having to walk long distances to get them.
    • Tack down rugs to prevent tripping.
    • Put no-slip tape in the tub, or install grab bars.

    There are many other changes you can make in the arrangement and furnishings of a home to meet your needs. An occupational therapist can help. Contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for other sources of advice and information on adapting your home environment to meet your changing needs.

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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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