Multiple sclerosis affects each of us differently, but there are many symptoms that we share. Here are a few simple ways to improve the comfort of any MS patient at home.
Remedy #1: Work centers
The most common symptom of MS is fatigue. By having places to sit down to do work, such as a vanity, a desk, or stools in the kitchen, you give yourself the opportunity to care for yourself and do work in a way that requires less energy to be expended.
Remedy #2: Organization/De-cluttering
Even if you don’t have MS, having a visually cluttered environment can cause additional stress. Keeping your home organized can help to reduce cortisol levels and keep you from unnecessarily expending additional energy to do simple things.
Symptoms: Heat Sensitivity & Balance/Coordination Issues
Remedy #3: Air Conditioning
Many folks with MS are very sensitive to heat and cold, especially since Uhthoff’s phenomenon can cause uncomfortable pseudoexacerbations. You can make your home more MS friendly by installing air conditioning.
Remedy #4: Shower bench & safety “grab” bars
Grab bars are also made with much more fashionable options nowadays, so you can improve your safety while also stylishly improving the look of your home. They’re not just for the bathroom, either! Consider installing handrails in your hallway or wherever there are stairs.
Symptom: Weak grip or loss of sensitivity in the hands
Remedy #5: Rubber grips for your door knobs
Many of us have issues with the strength of our grip. There are several inexpensive options on the market for door knob grips.
Of course, these are only a few options. There are countless ways you can tailor your living environment to your particular needs. You deserve to be comfortable in your home, so take the time to brainstorm and improve your surroundings. It can be very empowering, because even though we can’t control MS, we can usually control our environment.
Remember: almost any equipment or installation required by a disability can be tax deductible, and there are many charities out there who are willing to help!
Do you have any tips to feel most comfortable at home?