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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The rise in the cost of living is sweeping the nation and as it’s a global phenomenon, it looks set to be here for a while. But rather than sit back and hope for the best, we look at improvement wins you can make to your home now so that you can make the most of life today while taking care of future accessibility concerns.

We are certainly living through unprecedented times. No sooner has the world emerged from a pandemic, the war in Ukraine then tips finely balanced global markets off their axis causing fuel price and inflation increases alongside a host of other issues such as wheat shortages. While we can’t influence these world events we can focus on things within our control to create resilience for the future.

The best place to insulate ourselves from the effects of rising costs is at home. Begin to take control by looking at areas which cushion us from spiralling energy prices and investigate other cost-saving measures not previously considered.

Start with the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). It’s a helpful snapshot of our home’s energy efficiency and an indicator of where improvements can be made. A property will be ranked from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). Here’s a fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust “Most of the UK’s housing stock falls somewhere between the two, with the average energy efficiency rating of UK falling into in band D. So there is room for improvement.

The first place to look is in the loft! Recommendations for insulation thickness have increased significantly. In the ‘80s between 25-50mm was the norm but now it’s between 250-270mm. That’s quite an increase and a quick and easy win.

Cavity wall insulation, effective double glazing and an energy-efficient boiler can also help provide financial savings once winter kicks in.

Now, more than ever, there’s a compelling economic reason to stay put and continue to invest in our properties. Low housing stock, alongside a predicted stagnation in house prices, means seeking out alternatives to moving could be the best long-term investment. This is especially relevant when looking at future-proofing for the mid to long term.

A common problem to overcome is using the stairs and therefore many people turn towards having a ground floor extension. It’s a well-trodden path for solving the dilemma of the stairs but there are two important things to bear in mind if you chose this option. Firstly, you will be cutting out using the upper floor of your home, and that does end up being a lot of potentially wasted space.

Secondly, the price of materials and labour has risen sharply since the pandemic and the scarcity of many of the supplies needed has also meant waiting times for work to be done have been increasing. A small 15sq metre extension is averaging at least 30 thousand pounds and that’s before you’ve factored in the fixtures and fittings. In addition to the cost of the build, you’ll need to consider the increased energy costs added to your already rising bills.

A cost-effective way of continuing to use the existing upstairs space that offers limited disruption and has the capacity to offer proper longevity if your mobility situation changes further is a Stiltz home lift. Quick to fit and cheap to run a Stiltz domestic lift solves the issue of the stairs in one neat package and addresses financial concerns of huge builds or moving costs. With a product manufactured by Stiltz Homelifts, you will be able to continue to use your existing bedroom and bathroom space all while staying safe and independent. For many, it can be the difference between living independently and needing to instigate the need for expensive and scarce in-home care.

Soaring costs don’t have to mean soaring anxiety. As the late, great Robin Williams said in his film Dead Poets’ Society, carpe diem. Seize the day. Any improvements added now should aim to lessen the financial burden, not add to it. Take control, make small step changes for the better and find it is possible to live well right now, while safe in the knowledge any future storms can be weathered.

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