What your assignment did not say, was the most important part of your question.
The type of MS the young mother has, is pretty important to the question.
Progressive vs RRMS. I would suggest that if the person has a firm DX, that
they consult with their doctors and with support groups like the MS Society in order
to get some expert recommendations as to what to expect in the future and if
they are building or remodeling.....get some names of licensed contractors that have worked
with MS patients.
Also, she needs to take into consideration what symptoms she has already had or has.
As Michelle noted, not all MS patients have trouble with walking or their gate.
As been pointed out multiple times, MS is unpredictable. Almost everyone has different this
or that. Sometimes severe, sometimes light. My neighbor was DX'd with progressive and
sold his house with lots of stairs...one month after getting the DX, and moved to a rambler.
As he put it “I have been told what might happen with this DX, and I am not waiting to take
action. Even if I don't end up in a wheelchair, right this minute it will be easier on me"
Even with RRMS, you have good and bad days and there are still days that I find it hard to go up and down the stairs in my house and at work. I still ocassionally, get that rubber feeling and wonder if they will
hold me up and whether I have the stamina to go up and down all day, as you do in your own home.