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For one mum, the potential danger in carrying her son up and down stairs is no longer an issue.

She has a revolutionary combination of equipment to help achieve the transfer, safely, for the long term.

complex special needs

Fred(*), now aged 8, has global development delay and epilepsy. As a result, he has no mobility and is totally dependant on adults for all of his transfers.

Getting up and down stairs in the family home is achieved easily, effortlessly and safely, using an AAT S-Max stairclimber.

Regular appraisal by his Occupational Therapy team has meant the equipment has continued to support Fred, even as his requirements have changed.

mobility achieved

Class 1 medical device classified, the S-Max https://www.aatgb.com/s-max/ can either incorporate a seat, replicating the support of a wheelchair, or be attached to most common types of wheelchair.

The battery-powered unit smoothly kinetically moves up and down stairs, safely transferring the patient from one level to another- and onward to destination, executing 300 steps from one battery charge.

The rate of movement is completely controlled by the operator, who receives full training from AAT as part of the assessment and provision process.

When not in use, the S-Max can be folded away optimising living space for all members of the household.

solution that grows with him

Universal Back
The revolutionary new universal back designed specifically to work with AAT stairclimbers, adds a new level of support where required.

Originally prescribed with a car seat when Fred was a toddler, the S-Max has now been fitted with AAT’s innovative Universal Back (https://www.aatgb.com/s-max/#section-154-78) to accommodate growth from a toddler into childhood.

The Universal Back can be precisely adjusted for lateral and vertical, forward and backward support, and even accommodate thoracic asymmetry. Harnessing provides further support if necessary.

Thus, the combination will continue to support Fred as he grows into adulthood.

“Short-term solution” delivers answer for life

“It was only meant as a short-term solution, but we’ve had it at least three years already!” comments mum Jane(*).

The layout of our home and stairs means it was difficult to fit a stairlift or through-floor lift. The stairclimber is really important, particularly as Fred has grown and become too big to carry.

He has seizures: even if he has one whilst I am moving him up or down the stairs, I know he is safe, I just pause the stairclimber until the fit has passed.

The stairclimber’s very easy for me to use, I know I can move him safely, and that he is properly supported.

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AAT is the only national provider of stairclimbers and support equipment. Its nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge, and with appropriate health & safety measures- the suitability of a stairclimber for the property, the client, and their carer(s).  

AAT can manage the whole process, from specification of any additional accessories if needed, supply of the equipment, and training of the carer who will operate the climber, ensuring a correct and safe solution.

To book a free, no obligation assessment click: https://www.aatgb.com/booking-form/

A piece of mobility equipment is so transforming life for severely disabled Daniel that he’s now even able to enjoy family holidays!

The Bostock family is in receipt of a Sella stairclimber(https://www.aatgb.com/paediatric-powered-mobility-stairclimbers/), issued to them from stock in equipment stores and accessorised to his specific needs. It means that four years old Daniel, who requires round-the-clock care, can now be easily transferred between levels of the family home- and beyond- even on a family holiday to the mountains of Scotland, and irrespective of which of his care team is with him.

“brilliant bit of equipment”

“The stairclimber’s a brilliant bit of equipment. It’s meant we can make it a really full life for Daniel,” explained mother Jodie.

“On a practical level, because of his health issues Daniel requires 24-hour care. The stairclimber is so easy, everyone can use it- whether it’s Daniels’s dad who is 6ft 3ins to his smallest carer who’s only 4ft 11 ins. Crucially, it supports and holds Daniel safely and correctly. It just works for us.”

Brain injured at birth, Daniel requires round-the-clock care support for his condition: he has Cerebral Palsy and a gastrostomy, his back arches, his legs do not bend but his body exerts strong movement and his muscle pattern changes through the day. Big for his age, Daniel had reached the point where it was no longer safe nor practical to carry him up and down stairs.

A new Occupational Therapist to the family was aware of AAT stairclimbers, and that Doncaster Council held some as stock items in equipment stores. Our Technical Director Gareth Brown jointly assessed the family and care team, to determine the suitability of a stairclimber for Daniel and all involved in his care. One of the Authority’s stock AAT S-Max Sella units was re-issued to Daniel, fitted with a tilt-in-space seat to match his specific needs in terms of size and support. We trained Daniel’s whole care team in safe use of the unit as part of the assessment package.

How it works

The Medical Device Class 1 rated S-Max Sella is purpose-designed with a compact turning circle to accommodate almost every type of staircase, including bends, and turns, and narrow flights. The battery-operated kinetic machine smoothly powers up and down stairs or steps, accommodating 300 steps from one charge. Integrated anti-tilt means it cannot be tipped over, and automatic braking ensures complete control throughout the step process. 

A high balance point means you need little effort to manouevre it. The handle is fully adjustable to whatever height is comfortable for you. Rate of climb can also be set to that comfortable for operator and passenger.

When not in use, you can fold the Sella compactly away, minimising disruption and interference with daily living for the household.

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The S-Max Sella is part of AAT’s range of stairclimbers that can be uniquely accessorised to each client’s needs. This can be via the revolutionary Universal Back or individual components to deliver the exact postural support and security needed. This diversity of range has established AAT as the UK’s #1 national provider of stairclimbers, with thousands in regular use in almost every local authority in Britain.AAT is further unique among stairclimber provision in offering free, no obligation assessment, training and servicing of its equipment. Assessments can be booked by visiting http://127.0.0.1/aatgb.com.new/s-max-sella/ 

One thing is certain in prescribing solutions to enable clients to safely transfer, their needs are going to change, meaning a change of equipment and all its associated disruption and cost.

AAT GB, the stairclimber people, have designed a bespoke, innovative solution, unlike anything else available in its sector.

The Universal Back is mechanically mounted onto the AAT Smax or Sella stairclimbers, and forms an integral part of the unit, rather than being strapped to it.

The adjustability of the Universal Back means that one accessory ensures any passenger can be safely transferred up and down stairs, be they the smallest child through to a bariatric adult. The adjustability goes beyond accommodating size. It can be precisely adjusted for lateral and vertical, forward and backward support, and even accommodate thoracic asymmetry. Harnessing provides further support if necessary.

The flexibility of the Universal Back mean that when added to an AAT stairclimber, the stairclimber can be re-issued to any user, young or old, large or small, without the need to specify alternative and additional accessories. Delivery of a safe, appropriate transfer solution  is expediated.

AAT powered mobility stairclimbers are in essence a slimline wheelchair with battery powerpack, that smoothly and safely propels the passenger up and down stairs using advanced kinematics, with minimal effort from the operator. A single charge of the batteries executes up to 300 steps and over all common floor surfaces. When not in use, they be folded compactly away, thus eliminating any stairway disruption or other members of the household.  The Class 1 Medical Devices can accommodate most common stairways, including narrow, curved or turning- even spiral.

AAT is the only national provider of stairclimbers and support equipment. Its nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge, and with appropriate health & safety measures- the suitability of a stairclimber for the property, the client, and their carer(s).  AAT can manage the whole process, from specification of any additional accessories if needed, supply of the equipment, and training of the carer who will operate the climber, ensuring a correct and safe solution.

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The Universal Back is a modular system which we can tailor to suit each individual user.

Starting with the main panel….

There are 4 height and two width options which will cover users from small children right up to adults. This panel simply replaces the standard back cushion on the S-Max Sella. It has a 50mm height adjustability within each size, for growing room.

We can also fit spacers behind it to enable us to adjust the seat depth so we can ensure achievement of a good seating position. 

We can then add a headrest panel, either flat or curved. The flat option even allows us to fit our Stabilo vacuum mouldable headrest cushions

Next we can add a pair of thoracic supports with options for different sizes. We even have swing away versions to facilitate easier access when hoisting into the chair. The rear panel has a multitude of mounting holes to enable us to fit these supports wherever they are needed. 

We can also add a pair of longer thigh supports at the base to keep users’ legs in a good position and prevent them from splaying outside of the seat, improving posture and reducing the risk of entrapment in confined spaces such as doorways. 

The panel comes with fixing points for harnessing and we can fit any standard chest harness to suit. 

The AAT back system is proving very popular and effective for  passengers who need significant support when sitting and is often used with other accessories, custom made to fit the stairclimbers. Accessories such as padded foot supports that can also accommodate fixation such as ankle huggers, padded lap belts that prevent users sliding forwards in the seat and even vacuum mouldable cushions to accommodate body asymmetry. With such and extensive range of options, it’s now possible to seat nearly everybody who needs to use a stairclimber. 

An added benefit of the modular approach is the ease of recycling and upgrading, as a child outgrows their original back system, just the panel section can be replaced, re-using all of the additional supports like the headrest and laterals which helps to keep costs down, especially if the unit is being recycled for a different user. 

The joy of being taken up to bed by mum is now a daily reality for four years-old Cecilia Cann, thanks to an adaptable piece of technology.

The kit is an S-Max stairclimber from the stairclimber people AAT GB, fitted and accessorised with a booster seat and figure eight support harness. As a result, mum Lauren is now able to take her long-legged, tall for her age daughter who has Cerebral Palsy low muscle tone and other physical impairments, up and down stairs easily.

The family, from Lincoln, live in a two-bedroomed house; Lauren’s partner is a key worker, who travels across the country in the week, meaning that Cecilia would have to be taken downstairs before he left – sometimes at 5am- or sleep downstairs if he was away overnight. Lauren- who has back problems- also has a one year old son, so was trying to balance the needs of both dependant children primarily on her own. The design of the house meant adaptation with a stairlift or through-floor lift was not possible.

Through the local Social Services team, AAT’s regional manager Adrian Widger visited the family with appropriate PPE measures, and was able to tailor the S-Max with appropriate accessories to perfectly and safely support Cecilia, and train Lauren in its use.

AAT S-Max stairclimber is in essence a slimline wheelchair with battery powerpack, that smoothly and safely propels the passenger up and down stairs using advanced kinematics, with minimal effort from the operator. A single charge of the batteries executes up to 300 steps up even narrow or turning flights, and over all common floor surfaces. When not in use, the S-Max can be folded compactly away.

As Cecilia grows, the booster seat can be removed and the harnessing adjusted to ensure it continues to support her safely even as she grows, thereby giving a cost-efficient solution. When no longer needed by Cecilia, the stairclimber can be taken into Equipment Stores stock and re-issued with appropriate assessment and training of the future prospective users.

“Life has been difficult, I don’t have the capability to carry Cecilia on my own, it’s not safe for either of us. Cecilia desperately wanted me to take her up to bed, and would cry because I couldn’t” says Lauren,  “Now I CAN do it, she’s so happy that mummy is taking her to bed. She loves it and asks ‘more’ as soon as we get to the top of the stairs!

“The stairclimber has transformed our daily life, particularly with being confined to the house with COVID.”

AAT is the only national provider of stairclimbers and support equipment. Its nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge, and with appropriate health & safety measures- the suitability of a stairclimber for the property, the client, and their carer(s).  AAT can manage the whole process, from specification of any additional accessories if needed, supply of the equipment, and training of the carer who will operate the climber, ensuring a correct and safe solution.

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Something as simple as a powered device to get up and down stairs has transformed the routine but potentially dangerous process for the Harries family.

Teenager Katie- who has Cerebral Palsy, cortical visual impairment and suffers from epilepsyhad grown to the extent that her parents were struggling to safely carry her up and down stairs to/from bed. Whilst waiting for their home to be adapted to cope with her needs, and those of her triplet siblings who also have special needs, they were becoming desperate for a means to undertake the transfer without risk to either Katie or themselves.

Having seen the AAT stairclimber at an exhibition, the family approached their Occupational Therapist to see if it would be an interim solution. An in-depth free assessment by AAT GB- Britain’s leading provider of powered stairclimbers- has resulted in it being judged a practical, necessary, reasonable and appropriate answer.

AAT’s S-Max Sella with harness (https://www.aatgb.com/s-max-sella/) was supplied. The S-Max Sella can accommodate almost every design of staircase, even accommodating narrow flights, turns and landings having the smallest turning circle available in such equipment. The battery powered Class 1 Medical Device features patented kinematics that continuously and smoothly power the unit and its passenger up and down stairs, without effort from, and at a pace set by, the operator. It can execute 300 steps from one charge. When not in use, it folds compactly away to optimise space within the home and minimise inconvenience to other family members using the stairs.

“We really needed something to tide us over whilst the adaptation went through. It was getting to the point we wouldn’t be able to carry Katie up and down stairs,” explains Katie’s mother Sarah.

“When Katie first tried it, she thought it was brilliant. It seems like a fairground ride to her! AAT advised that the stairclimber be accessorised with a harness to properly support Katie and ensure she was safe. It has removed the risk for Katie and risk of injury to ourselves from the whole process.”

AAT is the only national provider of stairclimbers and support equipment. Its nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge, and with appropriate health & safety measures- the suitability of a stairclimber for the property, the patient, and their carer(s).  AAT can manage the whole process, from specification of any additional accessories if needed, supply of the equipment, and training of the carer who will operate the climber, ensuring a correct and safe solution.

To find out more and arrange a free/ try before you buy assessment.

Find out more here: https://www.aatgb.com/s-max-sella/

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