Tools for Everyday Life With MS

When you have MS, you want to save your energy for the things that are most important to you. Take advantage of special tools that make everyday tasks easier. Indoors or out, try these tips that help you get the job done.

Meal Prep

Even the most seasoned cook can have trouble picking up heavy pots or chopping vegetables. A few kitchen tools make meal prep a snap:

  • Cutting board with suction cups to keep it steady
  • Lightweight pots and pans
  • Forks, knives, and spoons with easy-grip handles
  • Non-slip mats to stop items from sliding on your counter
  • Stool where you can sit to cook or wash dishes
  • Kitchen fan to keep you cool while you work

Getting Dressed

Try these items that can make the morning rush to get ready go smoother:

  • Buttonhooks and zipper pulls to help you get in and out of your clothes with ease
  • Long-handled shoehorn so you can slide on your shoes without bending over

Washing Up

A few small things can make all the difference when you're at the sink or in the shower:

  • Electric soap dispenser and toothbrush
  • Lighted magnifying mirror to improve your view while you shave or put on makeup
  • Long-handled brushes and combs
  • Shower chair if you need to rest while you rinse off

Working or Playing Outside

Stay active outdoors, even on warm days, with:

  • Cooling vest filled with ice packs to beat the summer heat. Also try a cooling wrap that goes around your neck, wrist, or ankles.
  • Long-handled gardening tools so you don't have to bend to plant or weed
  • Wheeled cart to hold your gardening tools

Walking Aids

These will help keep you on your feet if MS affects your balance and coordination:

  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Walkers

If walking gets too hard for you, you can switch to a wheelchair or power scooter.

At Your Desk

Look for devices that can make it easier for you to sit at your desk and get work done:

  • Book holder and page turner, or an e-reader
  • Calendars and organizers to keep your memory on track
  • Shoulder rest for your telephone
  • Pen grips to make writing easier
  • Magnifier to enlarge print in books
  • Anti-glare computer screen to protect your eyes

Before you buy any of these tools, talk to an occupational therapist, who can recommend devices that best suit your needs. Your insurance might cover part or all of the cost if your doctor prescribes the tool.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on January 14, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

Job Accommodation Network: "Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Multiple Sclerosis."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Cooling and Assistive Equipment."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "The Benefits of Occupational Therapy."

Multiple Sclerosis Society UK: "Home Adaptations."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Driving with Multiple Sclerosis," "How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You," "MS Symptoms," Prepare Your Own Meals."

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