Multiple Sclerosis: Modifying Your Home - Topic Overview
If you have trouble moving around or if you become tired easily
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.
modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up.
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.
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.
A person with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) may first seek medical care because of leg weakness or difficulty walking. Those are the most common symptoms of this type of MS.
PPMS steadily worsens after it first develops. Neurological disability will accumulate over time. How fast or to what degree disability develops varies for each person and can't be predicted. And in PPMS -- unlike some other types of MS -- there are no relapses or remissions.
Ten percent to 15% of people with...