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

Seniors today are in a strange situation when it comes to technology. Growing up without computers and the internet, we now live in an era where technology touches nearly every aspect of life.

Clever technology can really help with some of the inconveniences that might come with getting older. As a result, seniors are learning more and using technologies for the first time. And as technology becomes more pervasive, so gadgets and devices tend to become more user friendly too. In general, technology is helping to give senior citizens an improved quality of life. At Stiltz Home Elevators, we look at some of the best ways technology can help to make life easier for seniors.

A library in your home

For those who love to read but burn through books, e-Readers prove to be a popular solution. Although some folks will never want to give up the feel and smell of a real book, an e-Reader has the benefit of giving you access to nearly any book you wish. By downloading books from the library or buying them from an online shop you can read as much as you like without filling your shelves with paperbacks. E-readers are like tablets, only smaller, more portable and light to hold and as they are often waterproof with a non-glare screen you can read where you like in comfort. The type size is adjustable and some e-Readers also play audiobooks, which is perfect for those wishing to give their eyes a break.

Keeping in touch

In the 80s the idea of a video phone was reserved for the future, but now video calling is as popular as the traditional phone call. The joy of the video call is it can be done from most devices: a phone, a tablet, even a smart TV if it is set up with a camera. A video call is great for connecting more than two people as you can link with several groups at once. It’s also more of an ‘all-round’ experience as you can see the other person’s emotions. But calling isn’t the only way technology keeps us connected. Social media plays a huge role in staying up to date with our loved ones’ lives, and approximately a third of people over 65 use it to stay in touch.

Assistive Technology

Technology around the home can not only help with things that might become more difficult as we age, but they can also take the strain of the jobs we do not enjoy, or help us feel safer. Installing a residential elevator by Stiltz makes sense if climbing the stairs becomes dangerous, and can help homeowners to continue living in their homes safely. As can adding a video doorbell which allows you to see and communicate with the caller before choosing whether to answer the door. Wearable alarms are good for putting the mind at rest for those who worry about a fall. Whereas a robot vacuum keeps the floors spotless without having to lift a finger.

Keeping fit and fun

Something that might be overlooked by seniors is just how fun some technology can be. Younger generations turn to their consoles for hours of onscreen entertainment and distraction, and there is no reason seniors have to miss out. Many games consoles come with virtual activities such as bowling, tennis and dance which can help older people get moving and stay fit in the comfort of their own homes. Likewise, for keeping the brain healthy there are online games and puzzles which, when used for a few minutes each day, claim to give a mental work out.

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