The purpose of this blog is to discuss ways to stay independent and mobile when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) through the use of mobility devices.
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. It disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
The cause of the disease is still unknown. Scientists believe that a combination of environmental and genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing MS.
The National MS Society states that almost two-thirds of people with MS experience trouble walking or the loss of balance. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. However, it is important to educate yourself on ways to stay independent and mobile while dealing with MS.
Top 5 Devices to Keep Your Independence With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mobility Equipment Recyclers is your one-stop shop for all your affordable certified pre-owned mobility needs. We provide mobility devices, such as power wheelchairs, scooters, platform lifts, ramps, vehicle lifts, hospital beds and much more, to help you achieve optimal performance and independence. With savings up to 90% off MSRP for select certified pre-owned medical and mobility devices.
-Power Chairs (Electric Wheelchairs) / Scooters
-Platform Lifts / Ramps
How can an electric hospital bed and its functions help someone with MS?
Hospital beds provide a necessary function for those with limited mobility. They assist with sitting up, raising your feet above your heart and even assisting with getting in and out of bed. A full electric Hospital Bed, raises and lowers, therefore if you are able to scoot to the edge of the bed, you can use this function to get you in and out of bed. When mobility becomes an ever growing problem, a hospital bed may be a good solution to help maneuvering this tiresome activity.
Often times just having a hospital bed isn't enough...
Depending on the severity, how can a patient lift help someone get out of bed?
A patient lift is a device that helps caregivers transfer those with limited mobility. These devices are often coupled with a hospital bed and used to assist individuals when getting in and out of bed, to and from the shower, on and off a toilet and many other scenarios. People can move between beds and chairs or from a sitting position to a standing position. By giving a helping hand, patient lifts help reduce injuries to both patients and caregivers and provide smooth, comfortable transitions.
Power Chairs & Mobility Scooters
How do power chairs keep MS patients independent?
Without the proper devices, MS symptoms are likely to interfere with your participation in home, work, family and leisure activities.
Which is why a power chair, or a scooter is a great device that assists individuals who are having a tough time traveling long or short distances. These devices basically act as your second pair of legs and are very helpful for those with more advanced MS symptoms.
There are many different types of power chairs and scooters, ranging from basic to complex.
The Jazzy Select is a great power wheelchair that will suit the basic function of getting you from point A to point B.
The Permobil C500 VS is a much more advanced power chair that assists individuals with more advanced MS symptoms. The Permobil C500 VS allows individuals to tilt, recline, raise their legs, elevate the seat and even go into a standing position as depicted here. The chair has many more benefits and features such as positioning options. By utilizing lateral supports, thigh supports, knee abductors and other supports, it is possible to optimize comfort and fit for any user. If you would like to read more about this power wheelchair check out our blog. People with MS often struggle to stand on their own, this electric wheelchair not only gives them the ability to move freely on their own but also without the fear of falling.
The Pride go go mobility scooter is a great scooter for those who can still walk, but can't walk long distances. The scooter is portable and easily transported in a vehicle. There are many other makes, models, styles and types of scooters that suit the needs of almost anyone.
Adaptive equipment can make what was difficult, possible. But it can be expensive. Be a smart consumer when it comes to buying power wheelchairs. Our certified pre-owned equipment can cost half the original price. It can also be the most affordable way to purchase backups and or expensive parts.
Ramps & Home Lifts
How do individuals with MS enter and exit their homes safely with the use of a ramp or lift?
Once you have your power chair, the next step is to figure out how you are going to get in and out of your home or place of residence. The use of a ramp or vertical platform lift helps you easily enter and exit your home with your new power chair and or scooter.
A vertical platform lift helps you raise and lower a wheelchair or scooter in and out of your home. It runs smoothly and effortlessly straight up and down from driveway to entryway, patio to porch, etc. This device can rise from four feet up to 14 feet in height. When it comes to installing a lift for your home, there is no better choice than Mobility Equipment Recyclers. Our years of expertise and qualified installers have the knowledge and the know-how to get the job done. John Perrotti, the owner of Mobility Equipment Recyclers, is the ONLY Harmar certified technician in the entire state of RI, learn more about our certification here.
Handicap Ramps are another great alternative to assist getting in and out of your home. They provide a seamless transition from doorway to a near by walkway, driveway or other paved surface. Again, here at Mobility Equipment Recyclers, we are professional installers and our ramps can cost up to 50% off MSRP since they are certified pre-owned.
How Do You Travel With Your Mobility Device?
Now that you have your mobility device and a way to enter and exit your home, the next step is traveling with your mobility device. We understand that this can be a challenge (moving an up to 350lb device from point A to point B). Luckily there are options available to assist with this difficult task.
Whether you’re an occasional or seasoned traveler, you may benefit from a vehicle lift. It can transport a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, mobility scooter, or other mobile devices with your vehicle.
There are many different vehicle lift options available. If you would like to learn more about the different kinds of vehicle lifts we install, check out the blog.
-Vehicle Platform lifts
If you have any questions about which lift option would be best for your vehicle, please reach out to us at 401-294-4111.
Staying Mobile with MS
Whether your symptoms are mild to severe, there are many devices that can assist you in staying mobile and independent. Here at Mobility Equipment Recyclers we understand the importance of being independent, which is why we will always offer you the best mobility and medical equipment available at the most affordable prices possible. We sell new and certified pre-owned equipment. The benefit of buying certified pre-owned is that the cost can be as much as 90% less than the original MSRP. We'll make sure you still have the freedom of movement and independence no matter what.
If you or someone you know has multiple sclerosis (MS), we encourage you to call us at (401) 294-4111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in finding the right device for you.