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.
“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.
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.
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/
With the variety of home design, one of the constant problems faced by Occupational Therapist sis how to prescribe solutions that enable a client to still access all levels of their home.
The quick answer is, suggests AAT GB, provision of one of its Class 1 medical device classified Mobility Stairclimbers. The German-engineered battery-powered kinematic 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 is robust enough to carry even the morbidly obese, yet designed to facilitate operation by the slightest of carers, When not required, it folds compactly away.
With the addition of the Universal Back accessory, the one combination can meet most client needs, regardless of age or size of the client. And the need- whether short or long term, can be met easily, usually from stores, and re-issued.
“So often, we are called in as a last resort, when we could be the first thought. Significant time and effort has already been spent trying to go with the conventional solution of a stairlift or through-floor lift, but the orientation or size of the interior makes it impractical,” observes AAT Sales Director Peter Wingrave. “Our stairclimbers have been purpose-designed to be able to accommodate most staircases- even those with restricted width or turns. They do not require structural alterations to the home, they do not need furniture to be relocated, the interior to be repurposed, nor do they impinge on other members of the household’s ability to use the stairs.
“That all has a big impact on a physical and mental wellbeing of a client- and their family- in their daily life. Whether it’s a short-term fix whilst a major adaptation is undertaken, or to resolve a long-term problem, a stairclimber is the obvious answer to minimise risk in transfer between floors without disruption.”
“We’ve already had a number of Occupational Therapists approach us, needing a solution to help a patient with reduced mobility return home. A stairclimber enables them to still access their home without the major disruption to rooms and other resident family members- and possible cost- of having to move existing, or buy specialist, furniture. I see this as a significant solution in the ongoing battle with bed blocking in hospitals”
AAT’s nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge- 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 assessment.
Adds Peter Wingrave, “It’s about best value, not just in monetary terms but mental health & wellbeing too, for everyone involved. A stairclimber minimises the impact on every level.”
Hire a stairclimber from our extensive range of both Cargo and Mobility stair climber hire solutions with weight capacities from 140kg up to 400kg, the Vario-Max can uniquely handle both cargo and mobility passengers in one device. Hire terms are available from 1 day onward with or without operator.
Find out more https://www.aatgb.com/hire—rental.html
The SERVO makes it possible for wheelchair users — even with reduced strength — to move independently and increase their range of action. Its standard program to drive uphill and downhill as well as its intelligent braking function make driving safely up- and downhill feasible. The working concept of the SERVO combines physical power and active mobility while it relie-ves joints and muscles.
The SERVO – powered wheels are disengaged easily and without tools. Each foldable wheelchair with at-tached SERVO may be folded as before. Due to the SERVO’s new wheel mounting system, NUI, the powered wheels are easily stored next to or on top of each other. The SERVO fits almost into any trunk because it can be stored in a space-saving way. The SERVO’s control unit indicates all important information and functions. The display shows the state of the battery and the selected driving level. You also turn the device on and off with the control unit.
Find out more about AAT’s Servo Powered Wheelchair at https://www.aatgb.com/servo.html