A survey from Habinteg Housing Association/YouGov found more than 50% of people questioned felt inability to deal with stairs would necessitate their moving home if they became disabled.
20% of the population- 4.7m people- live in flats, most commonly three storeys or less (English Housing Survey). Yet there is no Regulatory requirement for lower apartment blocks to provide a lift, it only being a “desirable” inclusion (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2021).
“How do those people get out of their home if their mobility is reduced?
“They are accessing communal stairs, so a stairlift or through-floor lift- the conventional solutions- are not appropriate. If nothing else, it’s a major safety issue in the event of a fire.
“Above and beyond that, there is the huge question of people’s health and wellbeing- getting fresh air, seeing other people, going shopping- the everyday occupations that able people take for granted.” Peter Wingrave, AAT Director
Our stairclimber https://www.aatgb.com/mobility-stairclimbers/ solves the problem. Steered and controlled by the care-giver a stairclimber safely transfer the person with reduced mobility up and down stairs and steps.
They can either be attached to a wheelchair, or incorporate an integral seat for safe transfer.
The variety of designs available means there is an option to suit everyone, and every configuration of stairs, including turns, narrow flights, half-landings, spirals.
Stairclimbers can be used by the most petite care-giver and move bariatrics.
The kit folds compactly away, optimising space within the flat. The stairclimber can even fit into a car boot for you to go out beyond the home.
In use throughout the UK for more than 15 years, our stairclimbers have an impeccable safety record.
We are unique in offering nationwide support, including assessment of the potential users, full prescription of an appropriate stairclimber solutions, care-giver training, and servicing.
We can further deliver a full supply and management service for housing providers, including hire and purchase options.