Tips for Making Your Home More Accessible When You Have MS

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Stephanie L. Singleton, OTD
September 09, 2022

There’s no place like home—and when you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may want to take extra measures to make your home as safe and comfortable as possible.

The complications of MS can sometimes make getting around the house a challenge. “There can be a number of impairments that people have from MS that can affect their mobility,” says Barbara Giesser, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and MS specialist at Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. These challenges can include motor impairment due to muscle weakness or spasticity.

There can also be sensory impairment: If you have numbness or loss of sensation in your feet, you may have trouble with balance. Cognitive issues can also interfere with mobility, as can visual impairments if you can't see well where you're going in your home.