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

Complaints Policy

Stiltz Ltd does its best to provide high quality products and service to our customers. However, we recognise that, on rare occasions, there may be times where our customers may not be completely satisfied.

To ensure we are able to quickly put things right, please read our complaints procedure below and be aware we will respond promptly to ensure complete satisfaction.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

As soon you can, after completion of the work, please inspect work undertaken to ensure everything has been carried out to our usual high standards.

In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied, please contact us as soon as you can so we can rectify any problems. Either call us on 0330 222 0334 or write to Customer Resolutions,  Building E, Prime Point, Dandy Bank Road, Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford, DY6 7TD, UK or email on customer.resolutions@stiltz.co.uk

We aim to respond within 10 working days of receiving your complaint and where possible, will provide you with a date to remedy any issues raised.

 

WHAT IF THE COMPLAINT CAN’T BE RESOLVED?

If we are unable to resolve your complaint using our own complaints procedure, as a Which? Trusted Trader we use an independent third party for dispute resolution. So, in the unlikely event that we cannot remedy your complaint to your satisfaction, you may refer it to our industry governing body, the British Healthcare Traders Association (BHTA).

 

ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY GOVERNING BODY

The BHTA represents over 450 companies who make and sell products and services within the Assistive Technology sector. The BHTA Code of Practice was the first in the healthcare industry to gain approval from The Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

A condition of BHTA membership is that members abide by the association’s Code of Practice. This means:

  • You can expect a high standard of behaviour and service
  • Behaviour is monitored
  • BHTA members are up to date with legislation and best practice
  • Should anything go wrong and can’t be resolved, you can call on the BHTA for assistance
  • Independent arbitration is available for resolution of complaints

The BHTA take complaints seriously and will do all it can to sort out your problem, if direct resolution with the company is unsuccessful. This is the process you should follow to help us resolve any issues as quickly and efficiently as possible:

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

First of all, you should raise your concerns with the company. Specifically:

  • Telephone the company from whom you bought the product or service straight away to see if your problem can be sorted out
  • Keep a note of when you rang and who you spoke to
  • Ask them what their complaints procedure is and if relevant, ask for a printed copy
  • When writing, keep a copy of your letter(s) and their replies

If, after a reasonable period of time (i.e., not more than three months at most) your complaint has not been resolved, you should consider contacting someone else for help.

 

WHO CAN HELP ME?

If the company is not a BHTA member, then seek help from Citizens Advice. Their consumer helpline number is 03454 04 05 06, or you can visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

If the company is a BHTA member you can make a written complaint, by letter or by email. The company may display the BHTA logo on their website or paperwork or you can check membership by calling the BHTA on 020 7702 2141 or email bhta@bhta.com. Members are also listed in the Find a Member page on www.bhta.com. Complaints can be submitted below, by email to complaints@bhta.com, or by letter to BHTA, Suite 4.6, The Loom, 14 Gowers Walk, London, E1 8PY. However it is important that you follow the steps listed above in ‘What Should I Do’ prior to contacting the BHTA.

Please also note that BHTA will not be able to intervene if your complaint is being (or has been dealt with) by a court or similar body, or if your complaint relates to a point in time prior to the company concerned becoming a Code member.

When writing to the BHTA, explain simply what has happened. In order to formally pursue your complaint, you must write rather than call. Include copies of as much back-up paperwork, letters etc., as you can, and a record of any telephone calls.

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

BHTA will send you a copy of their Code of Practice (which can also be downloaded from the BHTA Code page) and will contact the company concerned for a report. When all the facts have been obtained and reviewed, both parties will be advised of the decision. If you are not happy with the conclusions you have the option of being referred to an independent arbitrator.

 

DO I HAVE TO ACCEPT THE ARBITRATOR’S DECISION?

No, but if you do reject their findings your only other route is probably through the courts. However, if the arbitrator finds against the company the findings are binding on them.

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