Statement
COVID-19

COVID 19 Statement

These are exceptional times. With Coronavirus – COVID-19 - we all face an unprecedented global challenge. The Stiltz Group continue to review activities on a daily basis to ensure we comply with safety directives at all times. At the same time, we look to balance this with providing the expected levels of service and support to our customers while being mindful of minimising risk for all concerned.

We are acutely aware that our customers tend to fall into higher risk categories, whether due to age, or as a result of pre-existing medical conditions. Therefore it is all the more important for our current and future customers to maintain their safety and independence at home with the help of their homelifts; this contributes towards the current policy of social distancing, especially important for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Reduction of accidents within the home at this time will also help minimize the burden on the increasingly stressed healthcare system.

We are keen to ensure those who need new homelifts installed and those who require their lifts to be serviced, can expect these activities to take place without fear of risk to their health. There are multiple online resources that will guide you to assist in providing a safe workplace for your employees and help protect the customers whose home you visit. Two we would recommend are:

CDC - click here to visit
OSHA - click here to visit

We are in this together and are standing by to offer you as much support as possible during this challenging time. If you have any questions, concerns or doubts about anything, please contact your territory manager or the technical services team and we will do our best to assist.

Sincerely

Mark Blomfield

President

This week is Invisible Disabilities Week (IDW) which aims to bring awareness and education about disabilities and illnesses which cannot be seen, and are therefore often overlooked or dismissed. In 2019, IDW is being held between October 13 to 19 with the goal of bringing support to those who suffer from invisible disabilities, and enabling people to share their stories to shine a light on the challenges and triumphs of people with such disabilities.

Organized by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA), IDW is in its 5th year, having been founded in 2014. Invisible disabilities are hugely wide-ranging, from MS, to a sufferer of diabetic neuropathy, or ME, but all have key things in common – the feeling of being alone, or of friends not understanding that each day can be a challenge, or of needing to explain why they might need help in certain areas. IDA exists to help raise awareness of the challenges of invisible disabilities.

For Invisible Disabilities Week, the IDA encourages everyone to get involved using social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and asks people to invite friends, family, medical teams, and social groups to talk about hidden disabilities and raise as much awareness as possible.

Suggested ideas are to add Facebook frames or badges to your profile picture, or replace your photo with the IDW logo, to share your story on social media, to ‘turn the internet blue’ by posting a picture of yourself wearing IDA merchandise like a wristband, lapel pin or t-shirt.

If you have a blog about your invisible disability, or create artwork or music inspired by it, IDA are encouraging you to share your awareness endeavors this week. Alternatively users can post IDA content and videos on social media to help to spread the message around the world.

Today, the focus will be on being positive with ‘Thankful Thursday’, where people will be asked to post about what they are grateful for, be it something big or small, such as a vacation, a supportive partner, the understanding of friends or just getting out of bed.

The IDA are also using the week as a chance to help people link together for ongoing support by becoming part of the Invisible Disabilities Community on Inspire which has over 100 national patient organization partners like IDA, and has over 1.5 million members.

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