The report builds on a BRE study that similarly claimed investment in preventative steps to make homes safe would reduce the 1million+ accidents on stairs(2) – the second most common hazard in homes.
AAT the stairclimber people say the cost in time and money is not as great as adaptations professionals perceive, if they look beyond the ‘norm’.
And such an attitude enables multiple clients to be supported from one solution.
Provision of an S-Max Sella stairclimber aka stair climbing wheelchair, especially with AAT’s unique Universal Back accessory, makes stairway access safe for anyone who has, or cares for someone, with reduced mobility- be it an elderly partner through to a child with complex needs.
Unlike the conventional answers for help with stairs, the S-Max can be operational in the home within days of the need being identified(3).
There is no need for the usual processes that cause delay such as a structural survey, specialist installation etc.
The battery-powered portable Class 1 Medical Device also leaves the stairway free for other members of the household.
When not in use, it folds away, optimising living space.
Unlike fixed alternatives, the stairclimber/ stair climbing wheelchair can also enable the user to access outside spaces.
When the original recipient no longer needs it, the S-Max can be re-prescribed to another.
Tio further help adaptations professionals, AAT will manage the whole process. It will assess the client and the home to determine suitability, deliver and set up the S-Max, train the care-giver to LOLER requirements. AAT will also service the equipment to meet the provider’s legal obligations and manage the allocation process between users.
Further details of S-Max and AAT’s support for housing providers can be found @ https://www.aatgb.com/s-max-sella/.