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Tips for Home Safety and Enjoying Life at Home When Living with MS Symptoms

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Learn tips to better manage MS symptoms.

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

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a first step should be to obtain the support of a professional home care agency with specific expertise in MS-related concerns, who can offer an in-home safety assessment and make the appropriate recommendations for alterations to the home. This can help make home be a safe, comfortable refuge, rather than a hazardous setting.

Multiple sclerosis can make getting around difficult, and because everyday tasks — including leisure activities — can cause exhaustion more quickly in individuals with MS, implementing particular changes to the home environment may help conserve energy and increase independence.

A few examples include:

  • Replace thick carpeting with smooth, nonslip flooring for easier mobility
  • Place grab bars in the bathroom
  • Move furniture to widen pathways throughout the home
  • Add safety devices to the tub or shower such as a handheld showerhead, a slip-resistant bathmat, and a tub seat
  • Consider adding a bed rail to provide support with changing sleep positions
  • Replace knobs throughout the home with handles, which are easier to manage

CareFor can provide home alteration guidelines and create customized care plans to ensure your loved one’s household is a more convenient place for independence. Just a few of the many other services to help enhance the quality of life for those living with MS symptoms include:

  • Expert care management services
  • Planning and preparing healthy, delicious meals
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Help with personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing, and using the restroom
  • Safe transportation to medical appointments, procedures, and community outings
  • Running errands, such as picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping
  • Offering pleasant companionship, engagement in exercise programs, conversations, community activities, and favorite hobbies
  • Medication reminders to ensure medications are taken as recommended
  • Safe ambulation to prevent falls
  • And many others, based on each individual’s unique needs

To find out more about our senior care in New Braunfels and the surrounding area, contact CareFor at (512) 338-4533. Our in-home care, provided by expert caregivers, can help those living with MS remain in the comfort of home while enjoying life to the fullest each day.