Never owned a car
Guttorm is proud to have been able to trust his legs to carry him from one point to the next throughout his life. But the past few years have been a challenge for him.
- “I had issues walking the stairs, I’ve had those on and off. But after falling, I have to say I’m quite diminished compared to what I used to be.”
He never had a car, but he’s now realized his legs won’t always do and that he needs something to assist him.
- “And now I have it!”
When an occupational therapist went to consider accommodations to his home, he had the choice between a stair lift and the AssiStep, but to him the choice between stair assist devices was an easy one.
“A stair lift and this (the walker for stairs AssiStep) is like night and day, because you’re not passivized, but motivated to use the legs you have, and which are functional to put it simply.”
His wife also benefits from this
“I’ve had a much better time myself, and now I can go out a lot more, knowing he can walk up and down the stairs by himself,” his wife adds.
“Previously, when he was using crutches, I always had to watch how it went, did he get up and did he get down. But now I know he’s holding on to the walker for stairs AssiStep, so he is safe. I can see how well he is using it. And when I ask, ‘will you be alright?’, he always answers ‘yes, I’ll be alright.’”
“In my opinion, it’s an ingenious device for climbing and walking down stairs.”
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