Leading stairclimbing company AAT GB has secured a contract with Leeds City Council.
Under the deal, AAT will store and manage the local authority’s stock of stairclimbers that enable anyone with impaired mobility to be single-handedly transferred up and down stairs safely, easily and with dignity without the cost and disruption of traditional solutions (eg a stairlift or through-floor lift).
“The service we have received has been extremely positive,” said Leeds City Council Occupational Therapy Team Manager, Jane Fisher.
“Funds and time are under pressure now more than ever. This means we can quickly empower clients to still be able to access all levels of their home, with the peace of mind that the right kit is being supplied, maintained and serviced, and in full working order. It takes a pressure off the already busy stores team, and enables effective delegation and employment of specialised resources so we can make best use of our time and expertise.
“It’s about balancing cost and value,” added AAT Technical Director, Gareth Brown. “The arrangement means we save the council money overall, and its residents get better value.
“The council can make best use of available resources at the equipment stores. We know exactly what stairclimbers and accessories are available, so, having assessed the client, can advise on what is needed, then deliver to and train the user – all within a matter of days of receiving the initial call from the Occupational Therapy team.
“If specific accessories are needed, we know what is in stock, or what the council needs to purchase, so there is no unnecessary duplication.”