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/
AAT were contacted by an OT in Doncaster one Friday afternoon to see if we could help out in an emergency for a family who’s teenage daughter’s old through-floor-lift had broken down yet again and had been condemned by an engineer. The family had already decided to replace the lift with a stairlift as they were fed up with the degree of lost space in their house. The stairlift was due to be installed in two-to-three weeks time, leaving them with no solution to getting their daughter up to her room and the bathroom.
AAT were able to hire them an S-Max Sella that evening which worked well on their complicated staircase which had two small 90 degree landings as well as a curved section.
The family’s OT rang them on the following Monday to see how things went and was very surprised with the response; They asked her to cancel the stairlift installation and provide them with a Powered Stairclimber for long term use instead.
They justified it by explaining how the S-Max Sella was a far better solution for them as they could use it as a wheelchair when upstairs as well as downstairs, taking away the need for a second wheelchair upstairs. No need to transfer her at the top of the stairs, nothing blocking up their stairs and the ability to easily dismantle the stairclimber so they could transport it with them when going on holiday and visiting relatives, which had always been difficult. in their words ‘One happy daughter, two happy parents’.
Powered transportation of bariatric persons up and down stairs simplified and safer for patient and staff. Sometimes it takes up to 8 people to painfully carry a patient in a carry-sling up and down stairways. In most cases this is an unpleasant experience for both, patient and personnel.