Many people depend on various aids due to reduced mobility. Mobility aids can be a great addition in helping you live in your own home your whole life.
To be able to continue moving around independently, there are a variety of useful walking aids for flat surfaces available, such as walking sticks, rollators and walkers.
Most people have stairs in their home, and for some of us, they can be difficult to overcome as we grow older. In these cases a Stair Walker can be a practical walking aid that provides increased support and safety while climbing stairs.
Content of this article
✓ What exactly is a Stair Walker?
✓ How does the Stair Walker work?
✓ For whom is the Stair Walker suitable?
✓ What does the Stair Walker cost?
✓ What are the advantages of the Stair Walker?
✓ What should you look for when buying a Stair Walker?
What exactly is a Stair Walker?
The Stair Walker AssiStep sis an innovative product within the segment of accessibility aids for people with reduced mobility and walking function. The product assures you and gives support in daily stair climbing, so that you can continue to stay active, keep your independence and master the everyday life as best you can.
The AssiStep consists of a handrail and a handle. The handle is attached to the handrail system and locks securely while you move it in front of you. The complete rail system is mounted along the stairs to the wall.
The AssiStep features a patented locking mechanism that ensures you do not slip or fall in the stairs. As soon as pressure is applied to the handle, it locks immediately, providing you with the necessary support and safety.
The high-quality design of the AssiStep is designed so that the system fits perfectly into your living environment and takes up little space.
If the AssiStep is not in use, the handle can be folded to the side, where it only takes up 7 inches (18 cm) of space from the wall.
The two main components, the handrail and the handle, are made exclusively from sustainable and high-quality materials such as anodized aluminum and stainless steel.
The development process of the Stair Walker
The AssiStep Stair Walker started its development at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where three engineering students developed several prototypes inspired by their own grandparents struggle with the stairs.
In the time period 2012 - 2014 the Stair Walker went through 5-6 prototype iterations before it was gradually launched in Norway in 2015. By the end of 2019 the product was available in over 15 countries in Europe, South America and Asia
Furthermore, the Stair Walker have been tested and certified by the renowned German inspection institute TÜV Nord and is approved for users up to 18,9 stone (120 kg).
How does the Stair Walker work?
When ascending the stairs, we recommend to hold on the lower part of the handle:
- Push the handle gently and arm length in front of you.
- Support yourself on the handle while you take a step up.
- Repeat for each step.
When descending the stairs, we recommend to hold on the sides or top section of the handle:
- Lift the handle slightly in the section furthest away from the wall.
- Slide the handle an arm length in front of you.
- Support yourself on the handle while taking a step down.
- Repeat for each step.
The Stair Walker works completely mechanically without any electronics for transmissions that could fail. This makes for a solid and reliable solution.
We have made it our mission to make people safer and more independent in their everyday life, thus enabling them to maintain their gait function, continue to promote it, and through that live a safe and active life.
For whom is the Stair Walker suitable?
The Stair Walker is used by various users groups, and for many different reasons.
Most users however suffer from conditions that limits their mobility:
- People with Multiple Sclerosis (example)
- Kids or adults with Cerebral Palsy (example)
- People with Parkinson's (example)
- People with COPD
- People who suffer from Neuropathy (example)
- Stroke patients (example)
- Hip fracture (example)
- People in rehabilitation from spinal cord injuries (example)
- Seniors who experience reduced mobility (example)
What does the Stair Walker cost?
The price of the AssiStep Stair Walker depends, like with most home adapted equipment, on many factors. Being a purely module based system with no tailored parts, the AssiStep does not have to be individually adapted to fit your stairs.
Deciding factors that affect pricing of the system includes;
- Type of staircase (Straight, 90-degree curved, 180-degree curved, etc.).
- The installation conditions, such as wall support and amount of space available in the top and bottom of the staircase.
- The length of the staircase.
- What accessories you might want to have included with the AssiStep.
The price range for a Stair Walker is usually around £1.500 - £2.500 for a straight staircase and around £2.600 - £3.990 for curved stairs fully fitted.
In a lot of countries, it's also possible to receive reimbursement through the governmental health care system or through your private health insurance. Most customers in the UK for example, are VAT exempt when they purchase the AssiStep.
What are the advantages for the Stair Walker?
- No building permit required for the installation
- No customization needed
- High reliability as the Stair Walker is 100% mechanical, and works even under a power failure.
- Quick delivery from acceptance of the offer (Usually 1-2 weeks)
- No maintenance contract required (maintenance contracts are offered as an option in many cases)
What should you look for when buying a Stair Walker?
We recommend to always consult with our professional surveyors that measures the stairs before installation, free of charge. In some cases it might also be practical to test the Stair Walker prior to purchase. No matter the need you have, feel free to contact us, and we'll gladly assist you.