Using a stairclimber alongside a back accessory can “revolutionise” transfers up and down stairs
This is according to stairclimber specialist AAT GB, which says that using a stairclimber in coordination with a back accessory makes prescribing transfer solutions easy for occupational therapists (OTs).
The company developed its Universal Back in conjunction with OTs to make prescription as simple as possible.
Almost every local authority in the UK already has at least one AAT S-Max stairclimber in stock. The addition of the back accessory extends its ease of prescription, offering optimal variation of support and harnessing, AAT says.
Thus, the requirements of almost every client who needs assistance to transfer up and down stairs can be met from a single piece of equipment.
A class 1 medical device, AAT’s S-Max unit can either incorporate a seat, replicating the support of a wheelchair, or be attached to most common types of wheelchair. The unit smoothly powers up and down stairs, safely transferring the patient from one level to another.
It can adjust to carry a child or morbidly obese adult. It requires minimal effort to operate and steer, so can be operated by the slightest carer.
The mobility aid’s minimal turning circle means it can also accommodate most flights of stairs, including ones with turns or twists. It requires no structural alteration to the home nor installation, just a little operator training, which AAT provides as part of the assessment/ re-issue process.
When not required, it folds compactly away. Each charge of the battery will deliver up to 300 steps.
“It’s a paradigm shift in the way OTs can resolve limitations for clients in transferring between levels,” asserts Peter Wingrave, Director at AAT GB. “It improves client’s daily life, and thereby improves their mental wellbeing. It further reinforces our stairclimber suitability for purpose, making it the ‘go to’ option, without the disruption to structure or family life inherent with alternative multi-story transfer equipment.
AAT’s nationwide team of specialists can work alongside an OT to assess – free of charge – the suitability of an S-Max for the property, the client, and their carer(s). AAT can manage the whole process, from supply of the equipment and training of the carer who will operate the climber, ensuring a correct and safe solution.