March 7, 2024

An orange multiple sclerosis awareness ribbon symbolizes the importance of helping people with MS improve quality of life, including implementing MS-friendly home modifications.

There are a number of MS-friendly home modifications that can make life at home easier and safer for loved ones who have multiple sclerosis.

As Jane Austen once stated, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” And for individuals with a chronic condition, like multiple sclerosis (MS), comfort is essential, as is remaining safe.

If a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the initial step should be to obtain the support of a professional home care agency with expertise in MS-related challenges, who can perform an in-home safety inspection and make the appropriate recommendations for adjustments to the home so that it is a safe, comfortable sanctuary, rather than a hazardous setting.

MS can cause getting around to be complicated, and since everyday tasks—including recreational activities—can trigger exhaustion more quickly in people with multiple sclerosis, implementing some MS-friendly home modifications might help conserve energy and boost independence.

Several examples include:

  • Exchange thick carpeting with smooth, non-slip flooring for easier mobility
  • Place grab bars in the bathroom
  • Reposition furniture to widen pathways throughout the residence
  • Include items in the tub or shower such as a portable shower head, a slip resistant bathmat, and a tub chair
  • Consider a bed rail to provide assistance with changing sleep positions
  • Replace knobs throughout the home with handles, which are easier to manage

Continuum can provide MS-friendly home modification recommendations and help in scheduling customizations to ensure your loved one’s home is a more convenient place for independence. Just some of the many other ways we can help improve quality of life for those with multiple sclerosis include:

  • Planning and preparing healthy, delicious meals
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Assistance with personal care needs, such as showering, dressing, and bathroom use
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, procedures, and fun outings
  • Running errands, such as picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping
  • Providing warm companionship to engage in exercise programs, conversations, fun activities, and favorite hobbies and interests
  • Medication reminders so meds are taken exactly as recommended
  • Help with safe ambulation to reduce the risk of falls
  • And many others, based on each person’s particular needs

To find out more about our home care services in St. Louis, Kirkwood, Clayton, and throughout the nearby areas, contact us at (314) 863-9912 or (636) 861-3336. Our in-home care from expert caregivers can help those with MS stay in the comfort of home, while enjoying life to the fullest each day.