Latest data reveals 40% of people are delayed in hospital because of a social care package*.
As we have been highlighting for months, there is a quick, cost-effective way to address at least part of the problem.
So long as there is someone at home with them, a positive impact can be achieved by (re-)issue of a S-Max stairclimber.
It can cost of less than £1000 and often expediated within days.
The patient can be safely discharged and without the need to allocate significant social care intervention. They can move safely around their home, up and down stairs. The risk of future falls can be managed.
“It’s a win:win situation,” says AAT Director Peter Wingrave.
“One piece of kit- often already available within Equipment Stores, can both help prevent falls, and help speed up the discharge process.
"And it can help multiple people over its lifespan.
"It just requires the healthcare professionals to change their way of thinking and working, to be more proactive in embracing the new options available.”
From a discharge perspective, patients live in houses where, because of reduced short or long term mobility, they cannot go up and down stairs.
Or- in the case of 20% of the population, they live in a flat, so become homebound- or trapped in hospital- because of stairs.
The S-Max removes that barrier without any delay, nor structural alteration, permanent installation. It means the patient can access all areas of their home safely and without risk, whether that support is needed for only a few weeks- or longer.
fall prevention strategy as standard
From a fall prevention strategy, using a stairclimber can contribute towards improved safety and reduced risk of falls within the home.
The risk of a fall on the stairs is eliminated.
As the S-Max stairclimber is not fixed to the staircase, it can move the person beyond to wherever they need to be within the home, thereby reducing the number of transfers for someone with reduced mobility- and potential to fall.
how it works
AAT’s battery-powered stairclimber is Class 1 Medical Device certified. The free-standing unit requires no installation, just training of an appropriate person to operate it. When not in use, it folds compactly away, optimising use of space within the household.
AAT’s S-Max stairclimber has an impeccable safety record, with thousands of units already at Social Services’ disposal nationwide.
With the addition of its unique Universal Back, one stairclimber can be adapted to suit any user, irrespective of their physical or mental limitations.
AAT's team of assessors can be at the patient's home within days to support in correct prescription of the stairclimber, and manage the re-issue process. If there is not one available in Stores, AAT can deliver ex-stock within three working days of receipt of order.
Adds Peter Wingrave, “We know healthcare professionals are under massive pressure. We have a nationwide team of assessment managers who will effectively case manage the whole process. This includes review of the patient and their home environment, setting up the equipment to their precise needs, and training the operator.
"When that patient/client, no longer needs the stairclimber, it can be taken back into stores, where we will service it, and it can be re-issued to someone else.”
No other stairclimber company in the UK can offer AAT's unrivalled combination of re-issue capability resulting from 20 years' expertise in enabling people with mobility/balance issues to remain in their own home, assessment speed and support, and speed of delivery.
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