Statement
COVID-19

Issued 4th November 2020

Coronavirus: Covid-19 continues to bring an unprecedented global challenge. Stiltz Ltd. has been and will continue to review activities daily to comply with the guidelines issued by the Government.

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 home care 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.

You can contact our service and breakdown helpline any time, day or night, on 0330 053 5749.

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 the 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. 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 before 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.

All office and field-based staff will continue to be issued regular health and safety bulletins.

All field-based staff will confirm they are clear of symptoms before 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. We all owe a duty of care to our families, other employees, our customers and the rest of our community. Our priority is customer and staff safety whilst continuing to provide the necessary home care support to ensure vital independence.

Mike Lord
Chairman and CEO
Stiltz Ltd

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Countries across the world are marking Active Ageing Week this week (October 1-4) and celebrating positive health and fitness choices in later life.

The initiative, which was first launched by the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA) in 2003, sees a series of events and awareness-raising activites being held in many UK and worldwide locations. The aim is to shine a spotlight on the importance of physical activity as part of life, regardless of age.

The dates of the week were chosen to coincide with October 1, which in the USA is the International Day of Older Persons.

This year’s theme for Active Aging Week is ‘active at any age’ and aims to promote active and successful ageing through education, information and opportunities.

Many centres for sport and fitness are working in association with the ICAA to run events to showcase the range of activities they have available to older people. These might be public talks, interactive workshops, demonstration sessions for people to come along and observe, or taster sessions to encourage older people to join in and then sign up for a weekly class.

Just two examples of organisations running events are Age UK in Stockport who are hosting Walking Netball group sessions, and the University of Worcester who has a full timetable of talks and lectures covering subjects from exercise with osteoporosis to being active with, and beyond, cancer.

The ICAA introduced Active Aging Week to combat inactivity in older people which was said to account for 23,881 avoidable deaths in 2017.

Research has shown that around 6.4 million people aged 55+ are inactive – over half of all inactive people in England. Physical activity can reduce falls, depression and dementia by 30 per cent and the right physical activities could prevent over a million falls a year.

In addition, regular exercise has the power to reduce social isolation, improve mental health and increase good feelings.

The Active Aging Week initiative celebrates positive health and fitness choices in later life and strives to ensure that everyone, whatever their age, has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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