An assistive device is a tool that makes a particular function easier to perform. It might be as simple as a grip for your bathtub, or as intricate as a series of remote control systems. Here are some assistive devices to help you with daily activities:
Cooking and Housekeeping: Devices such as electric can openers and cookware designed for those with limited hand, wrist, and forearm strength can make cooking manageable. By putting cleaning supplies on wheels and using long handled brooms and sponges can help reduce heavy lifting and bending. Reachers can help grasp objects on shelves or in closets.
Dressing: Button and zipper hooks can be used to fasten clothes. Using Velcro on clothes and shoes or elastic shoelaces can make dressing easier. You can fit combs, brushes, and toothbrushes with easier-to-hold handles.
Bathing and Showering: Tub and wall bars with grips can help you get into the shower and help you stay balanced. Rubber mats in the shower prevent falls.
Writing and Reading: Special grips on pens and pencils can help you write letters or pay bills. Special lenses and magnifying devices may correct some of the visual problems associated with MS.
Walking: Braces, canes, walkers and scooters can help you if you have trouble walking. If you can no longer walk, wheelchairs can provide mobility. Transfer boards and lifts can be used to help people with MS get in and out of a bed, tub, automobile, or wheelchair.
The devices listed above are usually prescribed upon referral from your doctor, by an occupational, physical, or speech therapist. Look for catalogues and surgical supply stores for sources of assistive devices.
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