Minding the body

As with any illness that causes physical disability, keeping the body safe can become a concern with MS. If you find you're getting weak or having problems with balance, falls or injuries such as fractures can be a worry.

Through awareness of this possibility and through taking precautions, these dangers can be minimized. The most important factor – as difficult as it might be – is to accept that these safety measures are necessary. By welcoming needed help and adapting when necessary, you can help maintain your independence for as long as possible.

Here are some ways to keep your home safer:

  • Install a bench in the shower so you can sit while showering; this can prevent slipping.
  • Have hand-bars installed in the bath or shower stall to help you stand and sit safely.
  • Avoid placing scatter rugs around the house, especially in the bathroom, as they're a real tripping hazard.
  • Don't lock the bathroom door (in case others need to get into the room if you fall).
  • Use a cane or wheelchair if needed – even in the house.

Occupational therapists can offer more suggestions to make your home safer and may be able to help you get special equipment if needed. Information is also available from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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