Living with multiple sclerosis can be a daily struggle. Simple chores that were easy to do before can now seem like major feats. Here are some tips and tricks to make these routine tasks more manageable.
1. Gather all your ingredients and supplies before you begin cooking. Then, sit on a kitchen stool and begin prepping everything at once to reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet.
2. Keep notepads and pens around the house. You’re less likely to forget something if you jot it down, which will boost your cognitive confidence. Also, opt for wide-gripped instruments to make writing easier.
3. Use body wash and a bath pouf (also called loofah) or washcloth instead of a slippery bar of soap. And think about installing grab bars or a shower bench to help maintain your balance.
4. Stay independent by outfitting your car with adaptive equipment. Wide-angle rear view mirrors, mechanical gas and brake hand controls, and steering wheel knobs can make your time on the road both easier and safer.
5. Buy clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Fill your wardrobe with clothing that has Velcro fasteners, hook-and-loop closures, or zippers. You can even find dapper Velcro ties or clip-on bow ties.
6. When shopping for shoes, look for something that’s practical. Ladies, your eye might go to that red pair of pumps, and, men, you might want a casual pair of flip-flops, but your feet will thank you for buying something with a lower heel and sturdier base.