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    Getting up stairs in a powerchair?

    Are there any assistive tech. devices that allow a powerchair user to traverse a large number of stairs?
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    I assume you are not looking for a platform stair lift that would have to be permanently installed?

    This is the only thing I know of other than an Ibot:

    The Scalamobile works only with manual wheelchairs: http://www.frankmobility.com/

    You can see a lot of prototype chairs that will do that (do a Google Images search under "wheelchair stair climber", but there are currently no portable systems that are commercially available that I know of that would work with a power chair.

    (KLD)

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    Thanks KLD and Pete. I was hoping for something temporary, or semi-portable, as a permanent installation won't be necessary or realistic.

    I'll call the iBot guys later, but I think my inability to use hand controls disqualifies me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Edwards
    Are there any assistive tech. devices that allow a powerchair user to traverse a large number of stairs?
    Portable Ramp

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    For just a few stairs, that could work. For a lot, I'm not too sure.
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    ROLLARAMP....lightweight and portable

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    4 steps is about all you can realistically ramp with a portable ramp, and that requires a VERY long or very steep ramp. Remember you need 1 foot of ramp for every 1" rise. Most steps are 5-6", so at the least, for a typical 14 step flight of stairs (from one story to the next) you would need a ramp 70 feet long. Is there anyone here who can pick up and carry a portable ramp that long?? No me!

    (KLD)

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    Bump?
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    If you're gonna bump... give up some details, Gin

    How many stairs or flights?

    How often will you need to go up/down stairs a day? week?
    Ramp/device to remain in place as needed?
    For how long of a temporary period?

    Is independence required?

    If no ramp is available, can you be carried? with or w/o chair?

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