Stair Climbers

It could be you, or a member of your family that is having difficulties when it comes to managing the stairs.  Luckily, stair climbers are available to help you.  This is less of a product to be used indoors – a stairlift would be more applicable – but more for outdoor use, particularly in buildings that do not have a lift installed (either they haven’t been able to yet, or it is not possible due to building regulations).  Stair climbers are not only designed for the elderly with mobility issues, as disabilities can occur at any age, even from birth.  Of course, equality and diversity is very high on many people’s agendas, and there are now many public buildings that have stair climbers installed, such as:
  • Theatres
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Town Halls
  • Post offices
Stair climbers also add a tremendous amount of safety to their buildings, as the less mobile would be able to exit the building much quicker in case of an emergency such as a fire or bomb threat.

The Different Types of Stair Climbers

There are two main types of stair climbers available.  These are:

  • Seated stair climbers, whereby the user sits on a seat.  These are most applicable for those that are still able to walk, or those in wheelchairs that have no issues with transferring themselves from their wheelchair to an alternative seat (although someone will need to be present to carry the wheelchair up).
  • Wheelchair based stair climbers, which have a platform onto which a wheelchair can be attached.
Stair climbers are generally battery operated, meaning they will continue to function even in the event of a power cut or shortage.  One of the great things about stair
climbers is that it allows people with reduced mobility to independently use the stairs.

Advantages of Stair Climbers

Many people prefer stair climbers to stairlifts as they can be used on many different types of staircases, even where a stairlift may struggle.  Furthermore, they are usually able to carry much heavier loads than standard stairlifts, generally up to 25 stone (standard stairlifts can usually only carry 18 stone).

How to Use Stair Climbers

On a stair climber, the user, with or without wheelchair, will be placed on a platform with arm rest for added security – these can of course be move out of the way to allow wheelchair access if necessary.  The platform will then tilt backwards, all the while securing the user in place.  Sensors are connected to different parts of stair climbers to ensure obstructions are detected early, stopping the movement of the device.  The only downside to stair climbers is that a second person is needed to operate the controls of the machine.  However, they are often much cheaper and smaller than other devices designed to travel up and down stairs, particularly for those who are wheelchair bound, so can still be a great option.

Stair climbers can also be used on the outside of domestic properties, and many people choose to purchase a reconditioned one that was previously owned by a public building, thereby not only reducing the cost but also ensuring that the device has been well maintained and serviced.

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