There are 21 million people in the US who cannot walk up or down stairs. By 2050, that number will grow to 37 million due, in part, to a rapidly aging population. We have developed a wheelchair lift that takes wheelchairs up and down stairs in a way that's more efficient and cost-effective than currently existing technology. Right now there are 2 ways for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs: stairlifts and platform lifts. While stairlifts are relatively inexpensive, they almost always require an attendant to use safely, as the user has to get our of their primary wheelchair, into the stairlift and into a secondary wheelchair at the top of the stairs. Platform lifts are easier to use, however they require staircases be 4-5 feet wide (much wider than most residential staircases) and they are extremely costly, coming in between $10,000 and $20,000. Because they are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance, this is a prohibitive out-of-pocket expense.

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There are 21 million people in the US who cannot walk up or down stairs. By 2050, that number will grow to 37 million due, in part, to a rapidly aging population. We have developed a wheelchair lift that takes wheelchairs up and down stairs in a way that's more efficient and cost-effective than currently existing technology. Right now there are 2 ways for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs: stairlifts and platform lifts. While stairlifts are relatively inexpensive, they almost always require an attendant to use safely, as the user has to get our of their primary wheelchair, into the stairlift and into a secondary wheelchair at the top of the stairs. Platform lifts are easier to use, however they require staircases be 4-5 feet wide (much wider than most residential staircases) and they are extremely costly, coming in between $10,000 and $20,000. Because they are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance, this is a prohibitive out-of-pocket expense.

Additionally we found that over 20% of wheelchair users can't use all the floors in their homes, and than over 50% choose their home solely because it has a single story. We don't think those are acceptable sacrifices for anyone to make.

EscaWheel allows users to access all the floors in their home in an affordable, efficient way, and we've built a working prototype that demonstrates our technology: www.youtube.com/watch
EscaWheel allows safe, secure and independent mobility between levels at a cost that rivals a stairlift's.
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