Adjustable staircase allows physiotherapy patients to successfully climb stairs

May 27, 2014

Louis Goudreau and the team from Rehabilitation Engineering have developed an adjustable staircase to help patients successfully climb stairs. Climbing stairs is one of the most difficult tasks for elderly people, and those who suffer from ailments ranging from stroke and muscular diseases to partial paralysis. The steps are adjustable from three inches to 10 inches and can hold the weight of several people at once – allowing physiotherapists to help rehabilitating patients while they are on the staircase. Patients can use the adjustable staircase to gradually build their stamina and mobility until they are able to climb whatever height step they need to return home. The adjustable staircase is currently in use at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and patents on the device are pending in both the U.S. and Canada. View video to see the stairs in action.

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