AAT GB S-Max stairclimber
The AAT GB S-Max stairclimber in use.

Mobility equipment supplier AAT GB has attained Class I medical device classification for its range of S-Max stairclimbers which enabled users with restricted mobility to get up and down stairs.

The certification means that its equipment is validated as contributing towards “treatment or alleviation of disease or treatment, alleviation or compensation for an injury or handicap,” according to Medical Devices Regulations.

Medical devices are given a classification depending on the level of risk associated with them.

According to AAT, its stairclimber is the only inter-floor transfer and access equipment that carries such accreditation.

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Controlled by the end-user’s carer, the S-Max stairclimber’s battery-powered unit smoothly moves up and down stairs, safely transferring the person with reduced mobility from one level to another and onward, executing 300 steps from one battery charge.

The AAT S-Max, with its “impeccable” safety record, eliminates any “significant risk” in the patient/client being able to go up and down stairs.

The rate of movement is controlled by the caregiver, who receives full training from AAT as part of the assessment and provision process. When not in use, the S-Max can be folded away, optimising living space for all members of the household.

When the original recipient no longer needs the stairclimber, it can be returned to equipment stores and reissued to another person.

Peter Wingrave, AAT Director, said: “When access in, out and around the home because of steps or stairs is a limiting factor in a person’s ability to be discharged, our stairclimber could be a key element in the care and support plan. It enables people to be discharged, safely and quickly, without any re-arrangement of the home environment.

“The one piece of equipment can serve multiple layers of the Better Care structure- from accelerating hospital discharge, providing a temporary solution to safeguard against risk whilst a more substantial adaptation is undertaken, empowering someone to remain at home if they live in a flat, or being a long-term solution when alternative inter-floor access measures are not appropriate/practical.”

AAT specialises in providing personalised disability access and social inclusion solutions, such as add-on power units for wheelchairs and powered stairclimbers, having launched the Roby stairclimber last year to optimise the prescriptive options available to OT’s, end-users and the general public.

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