Stanley sales manager Katie Garner answers your questions on another of Stanley’s mobility solutions, the Jolly – including what the machine is and explains the benefits that our many customers have experienced.
Q. For those that have never heard of a wheelchair stair climber, can you explain what the Jolly is?
A. The Jolly is a tracked wheelchair stair climber, enabling an operative to negotiate the majority of staircases smoothly, whilst a person travels in the comfort of their own wheelchair.
Q. How does the Jolly differ from other mobility aids, say a stairlift for example?
A. Permanent installation is not required as the wheelchair is simply attached to the tracked base.
What’s more, the stair climber is a proven success for use in emergencies such as evacuations and lift failures. It is widely used in care homes across the UK for example.
Also, It is the perfect stair climbing solution for those who require planning permission to make significant material changes to their property, such as occupiers of listed buildings.
For example, if you do not want to [or cannot] make permanent and lasting changes to the structure of your home or place of work, then the Jolly is another option to consider.
Q. Who would typically use a Jolly wheelchair stair climber?
A. The Jolly, like the Tolo mobility stair climber, is used in domestic homes as well as in commercial environments. Throughout the UK we have many clients across a range of industries. Before a demonstration, a sales advisor would request to see photographs of the stairs to check that the Jolly is the best-suited to the client’s needs.
Typical industries include:
- Public buildings
- Listed buildings where alternations cannot be made
- Football stadia
- Wedding venues
- Theatres and cinemas
- Shopping centres
- Train stations
- Occupational therapists
Q. Is a wheelchair powered stair climber difficult to use and operate?
A. Its unique design ensures the occupant is kept level during travel, instilling confidence and trust. Compatible with electric chairs, wheelchairs with tilting or movable backrests and pushchairs, the Jolly’s lightweight frame can be quickly dismantled into two pieces for easy transportation.
It has a simple push button control to operate going up and down the stairs.
What’s more, with every purchase the user is given either familiarisation training or certificated training if it is being used in a commercial environment.
Q. Is it expensive to buy?
A. The unit is a much more cost-effective way to manoeuvre up and down the stairs when compared with more permanent alternatives such as a stairlift or platform lift.
Stanley can offer competitive 0% finance packages as well as short and long term hire options*.
Q. What are the benefits?
- Travel in the comfort of your own wheelchair
- Smooth travel motion on stairs
- Easy to dismantle and transport
- Compatible with various wheelchair types
- Overcomes architectural challenges
- Light but robust and manoeuvrable
- Push button control Loading ramps available
- Can carry up to 150kg
- 24-months parts warranty
- Safety features including emergency button and key switch for authorised personnel
Sales Manager Katie has worked with Stanley for just over a year. During that time, she has quickly been promoted from customer services support to her current role. Her passion for finding the right solution for her customers is reflected in the positive feedback that she receives and the strong rapport that she builds.
In her spare time, Katie is a true animal lover. She enjoys spending time with her horse Bugsy and Milo – her pet French Bulldog.
*Long and short term hires can be arranged, t&c’s apply.