How to Make the Home Safer for Seniors Living With MS

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As Jane Austen once said, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” For seniors living with MS (multiple sclerosis) or another chronic health condition, maintaining as much comfort and safety as possible is important.

If someone you love has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the first action to take is to find help with a professional home care company that has expertise in MS-related concerns and can provide an in-home safety evaluation and make the appropriate suggestions for modifications to the home so that it is a safe, comfortable refuge, rather than a hazardous place.

Living with MS can cause major challenges with mobility, and considering everyday tasks — including recreational activities — can trigger exhaustion more rapidly in individuals with MS, making specific changes to the home environment can help maintain energy and increase independence.

A few examples include:

  • Place grab bars in the bathroom
  • Exchange thick carpeting with smooth, non-slip flooring for easier mobility
  • Incorporate items to the tub or shower like a hand-held shower head, a slip resistant bathmat, and a tub chair
  • Move furniture to extend pathways throughout the residence
  • Consider installing a bed rail to provide assistance with changing sleep positions
  • Replace knobs throughout the home with handles, which are simpler to manage

Dakota Home Care offers home improvement suggestions and help with establishing a plan to make the changes 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 seniors living with MS include:

  • Light household chores and laundry
  • Planning and preparing healthy, delicious meals
  • Accompanied transportation to medical appointments, procedures, and fun outings
  • Help with personal care needs, such as showering, dressing, and bathroom use
  • Offering pleasant companionship to engage in exercise programs, conversations, fun activities, and favorite hobbies
  • Errand-running, such as picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping
  • Help with safe ambulation for fall prevention
  • Medication reminders so medicines are taken exactly as recommended
  • And many others, according to each person’s particular needs

To learn more about our home care services in Bismark, Lincoln, Mandan, Fargo, West Fargo, and the surrounding areas, contact us online or at (877) 691-0015. Our in-home care from expert caregivers can help those living with MS stay in the comfort of home, while enjoying life to the fullest each day.

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