For most of us, our homes are a safe haven from the busy world we live in. But for those with chronic illnesses like MS, the home can be a hazardous place. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with MS (or any debilitating disease), the first step in care-giving should be to make the necessary adaptations so the home becomes a safe, comfortable sanctuary.
Debilitating diseases like MS can make moving around difficult, and because the activities of daily living—including leisure activities— can cause fatigue more quickly in people with MS, creating specific changes to the home environment may not only help the individual to conserve his or her energy, but also increase their chances of prolonged independence.
Some examples include:
Replacing thick carpet with smooth, nonslip flooring for easier mobility
Grab bars in the bathroom
Repositioning furniture to widen pathways throughout the home
Including items in the tub or shower, such as a handheld shower head, a slip resistant bath mat and a tub or shower seat
Having a bed rail system (or hospital bed) installed to assist with changing sleeping positions
Replacing doorknobs throughout the home with door handles, which are much easier to manage
AAging Better can provide home modification recommendations or assist you or your loved one in scheduling modifications to ensure the home becomes a more convenient and safe place. To learn more about our in-home care services, contact us online or give us a call at 208-777-0308 if you’re calling from the Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene or Hayden areas; 208-263-7889 in the Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry or Priest River areas; or 208-784-1505 if you’re calling from the Kellogg, Pinehurst or Wallace areas. We would be happy to help in any way possible, either with recommendations or providing a caregiver to come in and accomplish personal or home care services.