Now, more than 50% of tenants have a long term illness and impairment with a similar number who need an adaptation not having it(2)..
The most common reported impairments affect mobility, lifting or carrying.(3).
AAT’s top-selling and Class 1 Medical Device certified S-Max stairclimber delivers an almost immediate way to enable a tenant with reduced mobility- whether a short- or long-term limitation- to safely transfer up, down almost any stairs or steps.
Thus, every home be it flat (some 20% of housing stock) or house, can become accessible without impact on common parts.
The battery-powered, German-engineered unit is available in two versions, one which fixes to a wheelchair, one with an integral seat.
Operated by the carer, the mobile unit safely moves its passenger up, down stairs and onward. It is not fixed in any way to the building fabric.
Thus it optimises risk management by reducing or eliminating transfers at the top of stairs, and eliminates impairment of the stairway for other users.
The portability of the S-Max also means there is no delay for DFG funding, survey nor installation. A safe solution for the tenant can be effected within days.
AAT’s assessment managers will support the Association in the specification, train the care giver in the machine’ safe operation (to LOLER criteria.
The company further offers service & maintenance of the unit. To help housing managers understand the relevance of a stairclimber, AAT also provides free demonstrations, and can train designated team members in on-going safe tenant assessment.
When the S-Max is no longer needed by the original recipient, it can be re-allocated to another tenant.
“The core criterium of the most basic level of accessible homes (Category 1, Building Regulations Approved Document M) is that ‘reasonable provision should be made for people to gain access to, and use, the dwelling and its facilities.
“Our S-Max stairclimber offers a best value solution to compliance with the reassurance of an impeccable safety record built up over 20 years.”Peter Wingrave AAT Director
Full details of the S-Max stairclimber can be found at https://www.aatgb.com/s-max/, where a free, no obligation assessment can also be booked.