The symptoms of MS can sometimes interfere with your daily life and make previously straightforward tasks more of a challenge. Equipment and adaptations are available that can help lessen the effects of symptoms and help you overcome some of the barriers MS presents.
Sources of information and advice
These links can help you find information and advice on choosing the right equipment to fit your situation and personal preferences.
Occupational therapy aims to help people continue to live life as fully as possible by making suggestions for changes in lifestyle, or useful equipment and adaptations.
Depending on your location, referrals to a local NHS Wheelchair Service can be made by your hospital, GP, consultant or occupational therapist. Some services may allow you to refer yourself.
A national charity that provides impartial advice on disability equipment, day-to-day household gadgets, new technologies and training techniques. Their Living Made Easy website has a wide range information about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living.
These are local services that offer a display of equipment that you can try out as well as information about what is available to help you. They are listed in our map of MS services.
An independent research charity that publishes practical and unbiased guides on a range of household and mobility items for people with a disability.
A charity that offers information and advice about finding and adapting IT equipment, such as computers, tablets and mobile phones. AbilityNet advise on accessibility and assistive technology appropriate to the needs of people with a disability.
Here are a few organisations that provide adapted and accessible equipment.
A national UK charity that helps people in receipt of the higher rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment to lease a scooter or powered wheelchair.
A charity that provides custom made equipment for people with a disability.
A charity that designs and develops bespoke equipment to help improve the quality of life of people with a disability.
Handicare are a company working with Age UK Trading and are providers of stair lifts and adapted baths and showers.
A charity that helps people with a disability by matching technology to their needs.
Here are a few organisations that provide clothing that has been adapted for people with dressing difficulties.
Sometimes hiring equipment for a short time may be more appropriate - for instance if you want to try something out before you commit to buying or if you are going on holiday and need equipment at your destination. A number of organisation will hire equipment. These are a few examples.
A national charity that provide short-term loans of wheelchairs and other equipment from branches across the UK.
A federation of more than 250 schemes providing short-term use of scooters and wheelchairs whilst out shopping.
Companies that provide short-term hire of equipment
Last updated: November 2017
Last reviewed: September 2015
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