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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO IDIOPATHIC

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Table 9: Aids for Activities of Daily Living
Activity

Aids

Description

Bathing

* Tub bench
* Hand-held shower head
* Grab bars installed in shower,
bathtub
* Anti-slip mat

* Adaptive equipment designed for use
in the shower or bathtub can make
bathing tasks easier and minimize
associated risks

Toileting

*
*
*
*
*
*
*

* Toileting aids can enhance safety,
transfers, hygiene, and clothing
management

Dressing

* Velcro, buttons, zippers, hooks on
clothing
* Sock aid
* Long-handled shoehorn
* Buttonhook/zipper pull
* Sturdy seat for sitting while dressing

* Adaptive dressing aids can maintain or
increase independence despite
symptoms of fatigue, decreased fine
motor control, or decreased strength
or balance

Cooking

*
*
*
*
*
*

* Numerous modified cooking
techniques can be incorporated into
cooking tasks
* Modifications can be further
enhanced with tools that simplify the
process

Eating

* Specialized utensils, eg,
large-handled spoons and forks,
"sporks," rocker knives
* Plate guard
* Wrist supports
* Non-slip/anti-slip materials

* Adaptive equipment can help
minimize fatigue and manage tremor
and decreased fine motor skills

Writing

*
*
*
*
*

* Various aids are available to assist with
written communications;
recommendations vary depending on
patient preferences and symptoms

Bedside commode
Grab bars near toilet
Toilet seat with armrests
Raised toilet seat
Toilet riser
Toilet tissue aid
Bidet/bidet toilet seat

Microwave oven
Wheeled utility cart
Electric can opener
Pot stabilizer
Large handled cooking utensils
Light cookware and dishware

Special grips for pens and pencils
Wrist supports
Slant boards
Weighted writing implements
Dictation system (if speech is
intelligible)

Mobility

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