Assistive devices are tools that help you hold objects, open and
close doors, transfer weight while shifting positions, or walk. They assist you
by making certain daily activities easier to do if you have any degree of
physical disability related to
multiple sclerosis (MS).
Assistive devices can help you with daily activities such as bathing,
grooming, dressing, walking or otherwise being mobile, writing, or eating.
These devices can be simple, such as special hooks to help you button a shirt,
or elaborate, such as an electric wheelchair or a computer that can be
controlled by a mouth switch if you are unable to use your limbs.
Examples of assistive devices used by people with MS include:
Bathing tools, such as tub or shower grab bars to
help you get in and out of the bathtub.
Grooming and dressing
tools, such as button or zipper hooks to help you button and unbutton your
clothes, electric toothbrushes, and combs and brushes with bigger and
Writing and reading tools, such as grips on
pens or a magnifying glass to correct certain visual problems resulting from
Movement devices, such as canes, braces, walkers, or even
electric scooters. Wheelchairs can also keep you mobile if you are no longer
able to walk.
Special lifts that can be attached to help you get in
and out of your bed, automobile, or even your bathtub.
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