Think ahead to minimize the number of trips up and down stairs. Make a collection of things to take up or down with you next time you go, or ask someone else to take them. Try to keep things that you will want during the day on one level of your home. Get duplicates of some items and keep one upstairs and one downstairs; e.g. a second lightweight vacuum cleaner, a telephone and small items such as scissors and paper. Keep a duvet and pillow downstairs and something to lie on such as a travel mattress, or even a second bed so that you can rest without having to go upstairs. It might be possible to re-arrange your house in a way that enables you to live downstairs. Consider having a downstairs toilet fitted or use a commode chair. Alternatively, you could have a small kitchen area upstairs. However, you may find that some rooms tend to be noisier than others, so consider factors such as proximity to household activity (which may be worse downstairs) and the transmission of outside noise. Go downstairs slowly one step at a time sitting down, or stand and make use of the handrail. A stairlift can be very helpful, although they are expensive. Social services might be able to provide one, depending on the local budget. They can be bought second-hand through local newspapers, stairlift companies, or disability organisations. If you are thinking of moving house, look at bungalows, ground floor flats and houses with a downstairs Toilet.

Noise Sensitivity : Walking