TOPRO Step stair climber: Fredrik can finally walk up the stairs on his own again

The TOPRO Step stair climber - Fredrik and the stairs. The occupational therapists at Levanger Municipality believe that the new stair climber can help older people to continue living at home. (This is a translation based on an article by Kristian Stokdahl, originally published in Innherred on October 13, 2016).

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Difficulties with balance

On Thursday afternoon, the TOPRO Step stair climber was installed at Fredrik Okkenhaug's farmhouse. This is the very first time that the TOPRO Step stairclimber has been installed on a curved staircase.

Three former students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are the young entrepreneurs behind the TOPRO Step stair climber, which has already won various prizes and awards. The stair climber has now been recognized as an assistive device by NAV (the Norwegian Centre for Assistive Products) and can therefore be applied for there like any other assistive device with the help of the municipality's occupational therapist.

"I've fallen several times and last year I didn't even dare to walk up the stairs on my own," says Fredrik Okkenhaug, who suffers from balance problems.

"This was a big problem because the bathroom is on the second floor of our farmhouse. And it can't be moved to the second floor."

"With this stair climber, I can climb the stairs without any fear. I think that's very good," says Fredrik Okkenhaug after the first test runs in which he climbs and descends the steep stairs with the help of the TOPRO Step.

The TOPRO Step stair climber is a fully mechanical solution and therefore also works in the event of a power failure.

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60-70 stair climbing devices installed so far (fall 2016)

CEO and co-founder Halvor Wold explains that between 60 and 70 TOPRO Steps have now been installed throughout Norway. There is one in a home for the elderly in Mule, one in Fredrik Okkenhaug's neighborhood, which was purchased privately as a training device, and one each in a healthcare facility in Egge and in the residential and healthcare facility in Verdal. The latter two are open for testing. The new healthcare facility in Levanger will soon also be equipped with a stair climber.

"Fredrik's daughter and I went to Egge to look at the stair climber and we both agreed that it would be of great benefit to him," says occupational therapist Solrun Matberg from the municipality of Levanger.

The installation in Fredrik Okkenhaug's house also provides the entrepreneurs with proof that the TOPRO Step stair climber works even if the stairs are not straight and symmetrical.

Doesn't have to move into a care home after all

The TOPRO Step stair climber can be a good alternative to stair lifts or home conversions.

"Ultimately, you could say it gives people the opportunity to continue living at home," says Solrun Matberg.

"In any case, it's about giving people the opportunity to walk on their own stairs, which is both good for their health and gives the user a sense of achievement," says co-founder and CTO Ingrid Lonar.

In addition to the two who oversee the installation at Fredrik Okkenhaug, the company has two other employees. Eirik Gjelsvik Medbø is co-founder and head of marketing. They also have a sales manager in Sweden called Jörg Radtke.

Facts

  • In Germany alone, around 1000 people die every year as a result of a fall on the stairs and more than 600,000 suffer injuries.
  • Every year, around 50 people die in Norway and over 30,000 are injured by falling down the stairs.
  • Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall in the U.S. (Source: https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/all-injuries...).
  • The use of stairs is associated with 1,900 deaths and 1.3 million hospital visits per year in the USA (source: National Safety Council 2011; Pauls 2011).

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