Statement
COVID-19

Stiltz Homelifts

Updated 31st March 2020

COVID 19 Statement

Coronavirus – Covid-19 presents us with an unprecedented global challenge. Stiltz Ltd. continues to review activities on a daily basis to comply with Government directives.

Stiltz is a proud member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) through whom we are co-ordinating industry efforts to keep the most vulnerable living safely in their own homes. Reducing the instance of accidents within the home will help reduce stress on the NHS hospital care system.

For existing customers, a Stiltz Homelift can be that lifeline to independence. Our homecare support policy means Stiltz engineers continue to provide an essential service by maintaining customers’ lifts for ongoing safe, reliable and independent access, while acting within Government guidelines.

For new homelift installations we offer the options of a phone call, remote video consultation via tablet/laptop/smartphone, or email consultation. For those with an urgent in-home consultation need, we will minimise risk by following latest Government guidelines.

Additional processes have been put in place to mitigate risk to you, our staff and the wider Stiltz community:

· We will request confirmation that nobody at the property we are due to visit has Covid-19 or is defined as extremely vulnerable, and in need of being shielded. If Covid-19 is present, or a person is isolating or deemed as extremely vulnerable, we will follow government advice.

· All customer visits will be subject to additional sanitation measures. Stiltz installers/engineers will wash or sanitise their hands prior to entering your property and upon leaving. They will not offer to shake hands, will refuse offers of a beverage and will maintain the prescribed 2 metre distance

· Regular health and safety bulletins will be issued to all office and field-based staff

· All field-based staff will be asked, on a daily basis, to confirm they are clear of symptoms prior to commencing their working day

· All staff who fall ill with Covid-19 or who are self-isolating, will receive full pay during the period they are indisposed.

Stiltz will follow government advice at all times. Our priority is customer and staff safety, whilst continuing to provide the necessary homecare support to ensure vital independence.

Mike Lord
Chairman and CEO
Stiltz Ltd

Call 01943668920

Care home costs are outstripping some pensioner’s incomes for the first time in three years according to recently released new figures.

Fees are now as high as £34,000 per year – which broken down is £2,833.33 over 12 months – in some areas of the UK.

The average annual bill for a single bed in a care home is said to be £29,389 – this is a rise of £723 in a year. It means that care home costs are twice income levels – currently this stands at £14,300.

This report highlights how expensive care homes are becoming and whether – depending on the level of care required – independent living with the help of aids such as domestic lifts, can be a more viable solution. A lift will not provide the full service that a care home can but if climbing the stairs is the main issue it is an ideal alternative.

For example, the Stiltz Duo Lift starts at £11,950 plus VAT – including all standard site preparation and installation costs – which is potentially a third of what it would cost to live in a care home over a year. Buying a home lift is also a ‘one off cost’ with only an annual service required.

The biggest price rise in care home fees was in the East of England which is now the most expensive region for care homes at £33,800 – a rise of 10 per cent year on year. This is even more expensive than the average prices in London where the cost of living is higher.

The research, by Prestige Nursing + Care, found that pensioners incomes rose by 2.2 per cent in the last year but care home fees outstripped this by 2.5 per cent.

Around 350,000 older people live in residential care in England in the UK but, with care home costs spiralling out of control, many may now be looking at options that allow for independent living at home.

If the individual uses a wheelchair, Stiltz also offers a lift that is bigger enough to fit a standard-sized wheelchair called the Stiltz Trio Lift. This is a fraction more expensive than the Duo at £12,950 but with all the same fantastic benefits.

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