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FLEXSTEP Case: Top Family, Denmark

FlexStep installed at the Top family

Søren Top suddenly had a blood clot which left him paralyzed the left side and he was dependent on a wheelchair. Søren and his wife, Birthe, immediately became aware of the challenges that could be at home when suddenly sitting in a wheelchair in a two-story house from 1898.

Birthe Top says: “Suddenly my husband could only be on the ground floor. Therefore, we had to accomodate with the bedroom and bathroom in the backyard.” From the original building to the rear building there was a staircase with three steps and the couple had to find an assistive device so Søren could access the rear building.

The municipality initially suggested a ramp, which however was not optimal in the couple’s opinion. Instead of a ramp, a FlexStep was installed as it could be adapted to their beautiful home. Birthe explains: “It means a lot to us that we can preserve our house, as it were, despite the big sudden changes in our lives.”

The steps in their FlexStep is in fact covered with the same granite tiles, as the floor on which FlexStep is installed. Birthe says about FlexStep: “Guests think it is a common staircase and cannot see that it also serves as a wheelchair lift for my husband.”

FlexStep

FlexStep is an elegant combination of regular stairs and wheelchair lift, which easily provides wheelchair users and the walking-impaired access between two levels. The convertible 2-in-1 solution saves a lot of space compared to both stairs and a lifting platform. FlexStep is easy to integrate into any existing surroundings due to a wide range of design options and configurations.

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