3 tips on stair safety for senior citizens

Every year, around 600,000 people in Germany alone visit the emergency room due to falling accidents, according to the Federal Statistical Office. These falls can happen both in the home and in public buildings or outdoors. Falling on stairs can have dramatic consequences, such as hip fractures or femoral neck fractures. In this article, we will explore various options for making stair climbing safer.


Stay active

A new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that inactivity is one of the biggest risk factors for loss of independence. One of the more serious consequences is injury from a fall, for example. For seniors and people with impaired gait function, strength training, balance training and exercise in general are the measures that have the best documented effect.

Unfortunately, falls are often mistakenly seen as a completely natural and therefore unavoidable part of getting older. The consequences of a fall relate not only to physical injuries, but also to psychological ones. The fear of falling again, of inactivity, of reduced quality of life and, in the worst case, the fear of premature death are a few examples.


  • There are numerous studies that show that activity and regular exercise have a major risk-reducing effect - especially when falling on stairs or flat surfaces
  • Strength and balance training in particular have shown a major impact
  • Studies from Australia show that exercising twice a week for a whole year can reduce the risk of falls by 30%


Lighting is an important issue when it comes to preventing falls. Make sure that your stairs are sufficiently illuminated to reduce the risk of falling. This makes it easier to see where the first and last steps are and whether there are any objects on the stairs.

In addition to adequate lighting, it is recommended that a contrasting strip is fitted on each step to increase the contrast between the individual steps. At the same time, you can also consider installing a handrail on both sides.

If your bedroom is on the 1st floor, it might be a good idea to keep a flashlight in your drawer - just in case the power goes out.

Equip your stairs with the right mobility aids

When climbing the stairs, the TOPRO Step is moved upwards along the railing system. When the handle is pulled down, it engages automatically and provides more support and safety when climbing the stairs. With each step you climb, you normally push the handle an arm's length in front of you to create sufficient distance between you and the handle.

Stay independent in your own home. Discover the new stair climbing aid that keeps you active and supports you - with every step you take on the stairs.

The TOPRO Step stair climbing aid is a mobility aid that offers people with restricted mobility the support and safety they need on stairs.

This innovative stair climbing aid is a purely mechanical aid that has been specially developed for safety and support on stairs. TOPRO Step was developed by engineering students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2012. The development process took place in cooperation with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and users.

With the TOPRO Step stair climbing aid, you have a solid and firm support when climbing stairs if you are considering barrier-free construction. A banister and handrail are often not sufficient if the gait function is restricted. TOPRO Step reduces the risk of falling and gives you confidence in everyday life.

The stair climber is moved by pushing the light but robust aluminum handle in front of you - similar to a rollator. When the handle is pulled down, it engages automatically, protecting you and supporting you with every step.

TOPRO Step is TÜV-certified and CE-marked for users weighing up to 120 kg. The stair climbing aid can be installed on both straight and curved staircases and provides solid and firm support both when ascending and descending the stairs. TOPRO Step significantly reduces the risk of falling by creating a barrier between you and the stairs. Thanks to the firm and non-slip handrail, the stair climbing aid gives you more confidence in yourself and further increases the safety of your stairs.

TOPRO Step can be used not only in the private but also in the commercial sector, as many publicly accessible buildings have stairs that need to be negotiated. Stairs and handrails are often not enough. Further information can be found, for example, at the Institut für Treppensicherheit e.V. (Institute for Stair Safety).

Information on barrier-free building (DIN 18040 and DIN 18065) can be found under DIN 18040-1 Barrier-free building and under DIN 18065 Stairs.

Since the product was launched in 2015, the number of users has grown rapidly and TOPRO Step will also be available in Canada from September 2020. It is both a cost-effective and active solution for greater safety on the stairs - and is now available in 20 countries.

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Why choose TOPRO Step?

Installation in 3 steps

To carry out an on-site inspection and receive a quote, make an appointment with us. Once you have accepted the quote, we will carry out the installation, which usually only takes a few hours. .

TÜV tested and certified

TOPRO Step is TÜV-tested and certified and meets all functional and safety requirements.

Adaptable to your staircase

TOPRO Step is designed so that it can be easily adapted to your staircase. It can be installed on straight stairs, curved stairs and stairs with a landing.

Fits perfectly in any home

Ask your health insurance company about the possibility of cost coverage or possible subsidies. Please note that these options are country-specific and individual.

Up to 5 years warranty

TOPRO Step means TOPRO quality. When you buy a TOPRO Step, you receive a guarantee of up to 5 years.

Over 2,000 satisfied users

We measure success by satisfied customers, which is our top priority. We already have over 4,000 satisfied users throughout Europe.

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Monday - Friday
08:00 - 16:00 o'clock.

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Other news

Stair climbing aid makes your daily life easier [Norwegian trade journal Ergoterapeuten issue 2 - 2017]

Easier everyday life with a stair climbing aid. Tommy Jørstad found the stairs a major obstacle to his daily life. His balance was poor and his knees were in danger of giving out. But with the bedroom and bathroom on the 2nd floor, the stairs have to be negotiated several times a day. "I was simply afraid to use the stairs," Tommy Jørstad tells us in his living room. (This is a translation based on an article by Anne-Lise Aakervik, originally published in Ergoterapeuten 2nd edition 2017).

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