Reduced mobility and stair safety is one of the most common reasons why an adaptation is needed- even for the short term. Re-issue aka recycling of a stairclimber delivers fast risk management, safe transfer.
Anyone involved in delivery of adaptations- be it to facilitate hospital discharge, to prevent someone having to move into residential care, to empower them to live as independently as possible, to support delivery of appropriate home care- knows about the continuing pressure to reduce delay.
With regard to one of the most common adaptations- means of inter-floor transfer- there is a fast, cost-efficient and non-disruptive solution, whether as a short-term or long-term measure.
Recyling of a stairclimber could be the answer.
the benefits of stairclimber recycling
At under £1000(1) for a re-issue, including client assessment, training and minor adjustments to accommodate the recipient and their carer, it more often than not eliminates the need for means testing– another reason for delay in the adaptations process.
With thousands already purchased by Local Authorities, Equipment Stores nationwide (validating their role within the adaptation framework) chances are there is one to hand. That addresses the delay whilst alternative options are ordered, delivered, installed, let alone the home surveyed to validate its structural integrity to accommodate a stairlift or through-floor lift. The immediate need is addressed in days, not months.
It can eliminate delay in hospital discharge. Even if it is felt that a larger adaptation- a stairlift, through-floor lift- is needed, the stairclimber can be re-issued from stores (recycled)
It avoids unnecessary risk: even if a stairlift or through-floor lift is deemed the most appropriate long-term solution, whilst Grant funding etc is processed, the re-issued stairclimber removes the need for the care-giver to physically carry the client up or down stairs.
no need to wait for a structural survey as the stairclimber is not fixed to the wall, floor.
with the unique Universal Back, the stairclimber is easily accessorised for almost any user’s individual safety and support
It considers the whole household and their quality of life: it does not require furniture to be moved, rooms to be reconfigured by a bed being moved downstairs, nor impede others access and safety on the stairs. Everyone’s dignity and privacy is preserved.
Unlike the other usual solutions to stairs, it empowers the client to access their whole home including the garden and the wider community.
It considers the client- and carer- priorities and needs, taking into account their diagnosis and longer-term prognosis.
Although perceived as a complex situation in that a carer and assessment are essential, the solution is simple without requiring any building work, installation or making good when no longer needed.
Unlike a stairlift(2), it can be used in almost all stairway designs- even narrow, curved, returns.
The S-Max can be fitted to a wheelchair
A stairclimber reduces client transfers, making life safer, especially at the top of stairs.
Can be used with almost any size user, from infant to bariatric adult.
best use of resources
Of course it is not the answer in every case. However, where appropriate, adoption of the concept could make a significant inroad into the backlog of adaptations, facilitating people to be discharged or enabling them to continue to live better and safely at home, in the home they love.
This is about making best use of resources within our Councils, of helping you the Occupational Therapists help your clients. Indeed, whenever we support OTs in client assessments for stairclimbers, we now submit two quotes: one for a new unit, one for a re-issue.
Those involved in delivering adaptations have the choice to make a difference.
Take the step.
Make a difference.
(1)Assuming the Store stairclimber without any additional accessories is used
(2)Stairlifts can on the whole only be recycled to homes with straight stairways
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