As I was researching ideas for this week’s MS Monday post, I came across an article about a British woman, and MS sufferer, who created a clothing line for women with disabilities. Her collection features clothes that women can easily pull on and off and won’t get in the way of medical devices and wheelchairs. And while her website seems to be down for me (www.xenicollection.com if you want to try it out yourself), it made me wonder what other products are being designed for people with MS? Here are some of the things I’ve found.
The Handybar is a neat contraption that fits into the car door striker (the metal u-shaped hook that the car door latches onto when it shuts) and gives you a sturdy grab bar to hold onto when getting in and out of a car. The handybar also is a seat belt ripper and glass breaker in an emergency. The product is made by a Canadian company but is available for $20 on Amazon.com.
Single-Handed Cutting Board
This cutting boards makes it easier to cut fruits and vegetables when you don’t have full mobility. The spikes hold the object to be cut in place, while the not-skid pad keep the board from shifting during cutting. The board also features raised corner pieces to assist in sandwich making and cutting. It is available for $44 at www.dynamic-living.com.
The Universal Turner makes it easy to turn small knobs. It has round plastic spikes that mold around the object you are trying to turn. With a small movement to the left or right, the knob turns. The large handle makes it easy to use even for someone with limited hand function. It is available at www.dynamic-living.com for $21.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
If you don’t have the dexterity to use a computer, Dragon NaturallySpeaking may be able to help you. This speech recognition software can allow you to control your computer using your voice. Open files, control your mouse and create documents just by talking! Visit http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm to find the software that works best for you.
Polar Products Cooling Vests and Accessories
Heat sensitivity is a problem with a lot of MS sufferers, and that’s why Polar Products has a wide variety of vests and scarves designed to keep you cool. Their product page has a ton of styles, too many to mention here! Visit www.polarproducts.com for more info.
And while we are on the subject of looking cool and feeling cool, check out these canes and wheelchairs!
If you are having gait problems, your doctor may recommend using a cane. You may think using a cane will make you look weak or old, but not if you’re using a one from Fashionable Canes. They have over 1000 canes in stock! Antique, classy, formal, fashionable, and creative are just some of the styles they carry. They also offer folding canes, quad canes, and flashlight canes. Find your favorite at www.fashionablecanes.com.
If you feel your wheelchair could use some spicing up, visit www.colourswheelchairs.com. They offer everything including everyday wheelchairs, sport wheelchairs, wheels, tires and casters.
We hope these products will be useful for you. If you have any that you’d like to recommend, feel free to put your suggestions in the comments!
And finally, here’s today MS Monday Motivational Moment: