Asked on May 7, 2017

I have difficulty climbing stairs (weak muscles from a med)



Now, I need to move into a rental while my house is sold. The laundry is in the basement, of course. Stairs are sturdy wood, but what can I do to make the climb easier? It is a temporary 6 month rental, so don't want to buy a portable washer dryer set, or do the plumbing and electricity needed to put the utilities on the main floor (both things I have done before).
7 answers
    • Jewellmartin
      on May 7, 2017

      Bobbie, I used the link and go a "page does not exist" message. But on the right side I clicked on the title of each article and read those. I am also mobility limited and I saw all the innovations to help us with stairs. None of them address the issue of carrying a load of laundry down the stairs, maybe several times to do a couple of loads, then carrying the laundry back upstairs. Thanks for the good information.
  • Jewellmartin
    on May 7, 2017

    Don't go down in the basement! That's the title of a cheesy horror movie from many years ago. But just don't. Keep 2-3 sets of sheets handy so you don't have to wash sheets often. Same with towels and other heavy items. Wash everything you can in the sink with a little detergent, rinsing well. Hang the clothes you would normally put in the dryer wherever you can, in the bathroom, in sunlight, over a heating vent. Use a dry cleaners or laundry where they wash, dry, and fold your sheets and towels and clothes. If you have friends or relatives who say, "Let me know if you need anything," ask them to do your big laundry at your rental or at their house. Swallow your pride now. You will need a lot more help if you miss just one step and break your hip or your back. Kathy, you are worth the precautions.
  • Peggy Burnette
    on May 7, 2017

    First of all be safe. Be sure you have 2 hand rails to hold on to. Count the steps. Try to tell one of you friends or family you will down stairs and call them when you go back up stairs.. Keep a phone with you. God bless you. Good luck.

  • Even though you may not want to, ask for help. It is temporary. I didn't have basement stairs to contend with, but after my back surgeries and (other various medical procedures), I couldn't lift a thing. It was challenging as I couldn't bend either, try feeding pets and washing pet bowls . . . So I really feel for you. Get family, friends or neighbors to take down and bring up for you if at all possible.
  • Kathy
    on May 7, 2017

    Thank-you for your kind reply. Kathy

  • Bobbie
    on May 16, 2017

    maybe your best bet would be to contact your local county social services and ask for someone to come to your home and have then do the laundry one a week or every other week.
  • David
    on May 17, 2017

    You shouldn't be manuvering the stairs, especially when carrying laundry. This is an accident waiting to happen. Please turn to a relative, friend or social services for assistance.
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