Naidex show

Aimed at “aspiring towards a better future for independent living”, Naidex is Europe’s most established tradeshow that’s dedicated to the independent living and healthcare industries.

Showcasing the latest innovations in areas such as mobility, assistive technology, moving and handling and accessible design, the show brings together trade and healthcare professionals and members of the public for two days of discovery and education at the NEC in Birmingham, on 17-18 March 2020.

As a leading innovator in mobility solutions, Stanley is proud to exhibit at Naidex once again and this year’s show will feature a presentation from the company’s sales director, Chris Walshe. He will explore the shortcomings in access standards in the UK and how this issue has influenced a growing demand for stair climbing technology in various scenarios, such as overcoming architectural barriers and dealing with emergency situations.

Chris Walshe speakerStanley believes that everyone has the right to be evacuated safely during an emergency, especially the most vulnerable in society, such as occupants of care homes, hospitals and any premises housing people with mobility impairments that could hinder their escape.

As part of any Fire Evacuation Strategy, disabled, elderly, or less mobile residents need special assistance during an emergency, requiring them to have their own bespoke Personal Emergency Evacuation plan or PEEP, which considers medical implications, ease of movement, and required distance to safe exit.

Should a lift be put out of service, wheelchair users will have to negotiate a staircase to reach safety and this poses significant challenges, as well as risk to life in the absence of a planned and tested procedure.


Traditional platform lifts are slow, expensive to install and maintain, as well being restricted to a vertical lift limit of up to 2m, making them ineffective in such an emergency scenario.

Designed specifically for the purpose of ensuring safe, confident, and fast transportation on stairs, a tracked wheelchair stair climber, such as the Jolly  or the Tolo mobility unit from Stanley, provides assurance in the event of an emergency or lift breakdown scenario, as well as for enhancing assisted living needs.

These machines enable a trained operative to negotiate most staircases smoothly and safely. For the Jolly model, permanent installation is not required as the wheelchair is simply attached to the tracked base with a unique design that ensures the occupant is kept level when descending stairs. Compatible with electric chairs, wheelchairs with tilting or movable backrests and pushchairs, the lightweight frame can also be quickly dismantled into two pieces for easy transportation.

To find out more about Stanley’s innovative range of mobility units, please visit stand N301 at Naidex. To register for FREE entry to the show, click HERE

For further research, please take a look at our mobility solutions page HERE

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