Information on TOPRO Step stair climbing aid cost coverage

Find out from your care insurance provider about the possibility of TOPRO Step stair climbing aids for adapting your individual living environment - we will be happy to support you!

Most people would like to grow old in their own home. Often, however, their own four walls are not designed to be barrier-free and this becomes apparent at the latest with increasing age or permanently restricted mobility. Suddenly you are faced with a mountain - your own stairs.

You have walked up and down the stairs thousands of times, but suddenly this is no longer possible, either because you are no longer safe when walking or because you are dependent on a wheelchair.

Here you will find all the information you need about TOPRO Step stair climbing aids, cost coverage and subsidies that will enable you to use your home again without restrictions.


Who should I contact?

Regardless of whether you or your relatives are dependent on an aid such as the TOPRO Step for age-related reasons or due to a need for care, it is important to contact your (care) insurance fund directly. It is therefore best to contact the person in charge of your care insurance fund to discuss the possibility of covering the cost of a stair climbing aid or possible subsidies for the TOPRO Step. It is best to do this before installing the TOPRO Step!

What are the requirements for applying for financial support?

There are two prerequisites for being able to submit an application for stair climbing assistance. The first and most important requirement is that you must be a member of a statutory health insurance fund. Please note that these options are country-specific and individual.

The second requirement is that you or your relative must have an official care degree (formerly care level), which proves both the need for care and limited mobility. Since January 1, 2017, there have been five care levels, which are anchored in the Care Strengthening Act 2.

These replace the previous three care levels. From care level 1, the care insurance fund will provide a one-off subsidy of up to 4,000 euros per person for measures to improve the living environment. The maximum subsidy is 16,000 euros for a household with several people in need of care. This subsidy can be used for a wide range of barrier-free and/or age-appropriate conversion measures. This is only valid in Germany as of 2024.

Depending on the country and region, you may be entitled to financial support from your insurance company when purchasing a TOPRO Step. Please contact your insurance company for more information. Please note that these options are country-specific and individual.


How do I submit an application?

The application for a subsidy can be made either informally or formally. You can submit the formal application to your care insurance fund using the appropriate forms. You are welcome to ask your care insurance fund in person for the necessary documents or find out more on the relevant website. You may find the forms there as a download.

Keyword: Application for a subsidy for a measure to improve the living environment.

If you have a written offer for the TOPRO Step, you can submit this together with the informal written application to your health insurance company's care insurance fund. Please note that these options are country-specific and individual.

The application should also describe the extent to which TOPRO Step represents an improvement to your living environment. You should also attach pictures of your living space so that your case officer gets an impression of the living situation.

If the insurance company approves your application, you will receive a positive decision and the TOPRO Step can be installed. Submit the original invoice(s) to the care insurance fund.

What data is required for the application?

  1. Personal data of the applicant in need of care
  2. Account details of the applicant in need of care
  3. Alternatively, the contractor's account details can be provided if the invoice is to be paid directly by the care fund. In this case, please remember the necessary declaration of assignment. The advantage here is that the applicant does not have to pay in advance.
  4. Detailed description of the (construction) measure
  5. Cost estimate for the TOPRO Step
  6. Address of the contractor
  7. Information on any previous measures to improve the living environment that have already been subsidized

What should I do if I do not yet have a care degree?

If you do not yet have a care degree, you should apply for it immediately to the care insurance fund of your health insurance company. You can do this either informally by telephone or in writing. Please note that these options are country-specific and individual.

After submitting the application, you will receive a form from your care insurance fund, which must be completed, signed and returned. An independent assessor from the MD (Medical Service) will then contact you for an on-site assessment of your independence.

You will receive written notification within five weeks as to whether or not you have been awarded a care degree.

Other cost units

KfW subsidy

KfW is Germany's largest development bank and supports anyone who wants to make their home barrier-free. If you do not have a care degree and need financial support, KfW offers a loan on favorable terms to enable you to install the TOPRO Step. The following requirements must be met for the "Age-appropriate conversion" loan:

  • Owner or landlord of a property or condominium,
  • First-time buyers of a renovated property or a renovated condominium,
  • a homeowners' association.

KfW promotes the following modernization measures that increase your living comfort and safety and reduce barriers:

  • Routes to buildings
  • Entrance areas and apartment entrances
  • Vertical accessibility/overcoming stairs and steps (installation, retrofitting or improvement of elevator systems, stair lifts, barrier-reducing redesign of staircases, ramps to overcome barriers)
  • Adaptation of the room geometry
  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Safety and controls
  • Common rooms
  • Residential environment measures

What does the KfW loan include?

  • up to 50,000 euros loan per apartment, regardless of your age
  • from 0.75 % effective annual interest rate
  • for anyone who is converting or buying converted living space to reduce barriers and prevent burglary
  • As a private individual, you can also apply for an alternative subsidy: for barrier reduction (455-B).
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Employer's liability insurance association (for accidents at work or occupational illnesses)

The relevant employers' liability insurance association will cover the full cost of the TOPRO Step if the stair climber is required due to an occupational illness or accident (including accidents on the way to and from work) in order to enable the person concerned to continue to participate in professional and social life.


The amount of funding available to you and which funding bodies are eligible depends on various factors. We are happy to support you in the process!

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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Do you have any questions?

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Would you like a free and personal consultation? Get in touch with our TOPRO Step experts and book a free, no-obligation appointment directly at your home.

We are happy to advise you

TOPRO Step Expert
+47 902 931 00
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08:00 - 16:00 o'clock.

We are happy to advise you

TOPRO Step Expert
+47 902 931 00
Monday - Friday
08:00 - 16:00 o'clock.

Do you have any questions or would you like to test the TOPRO Step stair climber?

We have compiled all frequently asked questions on the FAQ page

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