Statement
COVID-19
Covid-19 Statement

These are exceptional times. With Coronavirus – Covid-19 - we all face an unprecedented global challenge. Stiltz Ltd. continue 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 which we are co-ordinating industry efforts to keep our customers mobile. Our priority is to ensure all current and prospective customers are able to maintain safe and independent access with the help of their homelift, as reducing accidents within the home at this time will, in turn, assist in reducing stress on the NHS hospital care system. We will endeavour to provide the expected levels of service and support to those seeking a new homelift installation or those requiring lift service/maintenance, while being mindful to minimise risk.

We have therefore implemented additional processes to mitigate risk to you, our staff and the wider Stiltz community:

As a matter of course, we will check with all customers and prospective customers requesting them to confirm nobody is unwell with Covid-19 at the property we are due to visit. If Covid-19 is confirmed, we will follow Government advice
All customer visits will be subject to additional sanitation measures. Stiltz staff will wash or sanitise their hands prior to entering your property, and upon leaving. They will not offer to shake hands, 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 to work as per NHS and Government Guidance
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 closely monitor the situation and follow government advice at all times. Our priority is to manage customer and staff safety, whilst continuing to provide our customers with the necessary homecare support to ensure their valued independence.

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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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