5 Tips for an MS-Friendly Home

  • by Teva's Lift MS Team
  •   January 09, 2017

Life throws some curveballs, and as you are learning to live with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, you might get a few more curveballs than expected. Teva’s Patient Advocate, SueAnn, explained it best when she said, “My life didn’t stop when I was diagnosed, but rather began again when I found my new normal." Patient advocates are compensated by Teva Neuroscience, Inc. We want to support you while you face your MS challenges head-on and find your new "normal" with these Lift MS Tips and Tricks.  

Previously, we’ve discussed ways to make day-to-day life a little bit easier, given you tips to help with cognitive changes, and created a few video tips on the Lift MS Facebook page. This time, we’re focusing on little things you can do around your home to give yourself a "Lift". Let us know if you’ve tried these tips or plan on trying them out by leaving a comment below!

  1. Hang it up. Hang cooking utensils with holes on hooks or attach metal utensils to a magnetic strip to make them easier to grab when you’re in the kitchen. This will help you stay organized when preparing your meals. 
  2. Save time cooking. Consider making more meals in the slow cooker or microwave to save time. We have a great recipe for slow cooker chili if you are looking for something new.
  3. Let them in. Let guests into your home by opening the garage door via a remote opener. That way, you don’t have to worry about going to the door every time someone new arrives.
  4. Make a plan. Decide what you’re going to eat for the week and then write it down. By planning your meals, you can save time by only making one trip to the grocery store or calling in one order to your grocery delivery service. Making a double batch of your favorite meal is a great way to save time preparing dinner down the road! 
  5. Stay grounded. Make your shower safer by placing non-slip material, such as decals, on the floor. The floor of your shower or bath can get pretty slippery, and this may help reduce the risk of falls.
  6. Take a seat. Is cooking taking longer than expected? Grab a stool and take a break whenever you need to! It’s a great way to take a load off while making your favorite meals.

We hope you are able to use some of these Tips and Tricks in your daily life. Let us know if you have a tip you’d like to share by leaving us a comment. We might feature it in a future blog post!

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24 Comment(s)
  • Juana  | January 09, 2017
    Thanks for sharing and reminding!
  • Antionette  | January 09, 2017
    I like the tips. I have done five of the four and it does help. Instead of hanging up utensils they are in one area. The crockpot is my greatest help in the kitchen!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | January 10, 2017
      We strive to make Lift MS an informative and inspiring community, Antionette. Thanks for your part in making it so.
  • Marjorie | January 09, 2017
    Like #6. Funny that I haven't thought of this before.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | January 10, 2017
      We’re so glad to hear our community has been helpful to you, Marjorie. You’re part of what makes this blog great!
  • Debra | January 10, 2017
    Thank you. One more tip if you will.....remove any and all area and throw rugs.. They can trip u up. Oh,use night lights or rope lights along hall way floors because we get disoriented in the dark and storms.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | January 11, 2017
      Great suggestions, Debra!
  • Roger | January 28, 2017
    I have put up Christmas lights here and there to use as night lights. It helps two fold, 1) as a night light
    2) it brings up the spirit
    It has helped a lot.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | January 30, 2017
      It sounds like you’ve found something that works for you, Roger – kudos for your efforts! Please keep us posted, and be sure to check back for more tips from the community.
  • Deborah | January 29, 2017
    I have a walker that has a seat too. I use it everyday and when I need to sit down for the task at hand, it is ready to relieve me. My Family has learned to work around my walker when I sit and cook in kitchen.
  • Andy  | February 10, 2017
    Thanks for the info
  • Adrianne Lunsford | February 18, 2017
    Thank you for this information.
  • Phyllis  | February 20, 2017
    Nice to have these written down for review.
  • Diane | March 20, 2017
    All great tips. Trying to talk my husband into clicklist at the local Kroger. It so much easier when planning a meal to have the cookbook or recipe and just enter the stuff I need right there from that on the clicklist then try to right it all down on another list (so you can read it and then you forget something urg really want him to go with this. Maybe.
  • Gert | March 20, 2017
    Great ideas! I will share this on my MS page!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | March 21, 2017
      We’re glad you like the blog, Gert! Check out Teva’s Lift MS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/liftms. We think you’ll like it.
  • Michelle | April 17, 2017
    I suffer with MS daily. Your ideas and suggestions on making it easier to manage day to day things easier are very helpful. Thank you
  • Kate | April 18, 2017
    I have MS and these tips are great. The slow cooker allows me to have guests over for dinners too. Thank you for great tips.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | April 19, 2017
      We’re glad you liked this, Kate. We hope you’ll check back often for new content!
  • Edna Villanueva  | April 26, 2017
    I need knowledge because i must save my energy i need ideas. Assistance, knowledge of programs etc...
  • Dianne | May 01, 2017
    My. Friend Debbie has MS. She uses a walker. Her walker has flowers on it for rack season or holiday. They look really fun. Halloween has ravens bats and spiders. Many people stop to comment on them. It reduces the hesitant feeling people have when they see a disabled person.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | May 02, 2017
      Thank you for giving us a lift with your story, Dianne!
  • Jo | May 03, 2017
    Yes, I find myself during normal activities to get overheated and exhausted. These days I must take a break between each "segment". At first I only felt frustration and many times dissolved into tears, but instead I've learned to enjoy the "breaks". For example, after showering I rest on my bed with a fan on me for about 10 minutes to recharge, then I dress, take a break, do my hair, and so on.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | May 04, 2017
      We understand life with MS can be challenging, Jo. We hope you continue to lean on this community whenever you need support.
  • newton.eileen@gmail.com | May 05, 2017
    Very good ideas!
  • James | May 07, 2017
    A dry erase board mounted on kitchen door to garage serves as
    my grocery list. With my Iphone I
    snap a photo as I leave for the store. Never leave house without
    my phone and never forget groc.
    list. Add "to-do" errands to the list. Return home and erase board and
    phone.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | May 09, 2017
      What a great idea, James!
  • George  | May 18, 2017
    I got a canvas log carrier from Amazon to carry laundry to and from the washer. Need only one hand to carry, leaving the other to hold on for balance.
  • Susan | May 20, 2017
    Great tips, thank you!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | May 22, 2017
      Thank you, Susan!
  • Sharon | May 23, 2017
    Making meals, like lasagna, that last a week, helps me out.
  • Amanda | June 20, 2017
    Thanks for the help.
  • Deb | July 26, 2017
    I already do these tips, but always willing to read any information. Never know when I will learn something I had not thought of. I use my walker with a seat when I am cooking.

    I also find a seated walker helps in getting my dirty laundry to the washing machine, and also moving the clean laundry to a place where I can sit to fold it.

  • Jennifer | August 28, 2017
    A few years ago, I was struggling to make all the cookies for my niece's wedding reception. My son suggested I get an office chair with wheels. Now I can sit while I'm cooking or baking & I can roll from the oven to the counter to the sink, etc. I don't get as tired & no more worries that I'll drop a whole tray when I'm trying to walk. The chair has changed my life!
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 29, 2017
      Thanks, Jennifer. Best wishes!