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“Tech” turns a risky process into a safe, pleasurable experience for Katie

03/02/2021
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Something as simple as a powered device to get up and down stairs has transformed the routine but potentially dangerous process for the Harries family.

Teenager Katie- who has Cerebral Palsy, cortical visual impairment and suffers from epilepsyhad grown to the extent that her parents were struggling to safely carry her up and down stairs to/from bed. Whilst waiting for their home to be adapted to cope with her needs, and those of her triplet siblings who also have special needs, they were becoming desperate for a means to undertake the transfer without risk to either Katie or themselves.

Having seen the AAT stairclimber at an exhibition, the family approached their Occupational Therapist to see if it would be an interim solution. An in-depth free assessment by AAT GB- Britain’s leading provider of powered stairclimbers- has resulted in it being judged a practical, necessary, reasonable and appropriate answer.

AAT’s S-Max Sella with harness (https://www.aatgb.com/s-max-sella/) was supplied. The S-Max Sella can accommodate almost every design of staircase, even accommodating narrow flights, turns and landings having the smallest turning circle available in such equipment. The battery powered Class 1 Medical Device features patented kinematics that continuously and smoothly power the unit and its passenger up and down stairs, without effort from, and at a pace set by, the operator. It can execute 300 steps from one charge. When not in use, it folds compactly away to optimise space within the home and minimise inconvenience to other family members using the stairs.

“We really needed something to tide us over whilst the adaptation went through. It was getting to the point we wouldn’t be able to carry Katie up and down stairs,” explains Katie’s mother Sarah.

“When Katie first tried it, she thought it was brilliant. It seems like a fairground ride to her! AAT advised that the stairclimber be accessorised with a harness to properly support Katie and ensure she was safe. It has removed the risk for Katie and risk of injury to ourselves from the whole process.”

AAT is the only national provider of stairclimbers and support equipment. Its nationwide team of specialists can work alongside the Occupational Therapist to assess- free of charge, and with appropriate health & safety measures- 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 solution.

To find out more and arrange a free/ try before you buy assessment.

Find out more here: https://www.aatgb.com/s-max-sella/

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