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Lift your spirits

- By Mary Gold INFORMATIO­N: stiltz.co.uk/0808278 2637.

AUNIQUE and innovative domestic lift is helping people stay in their homes for longer when the stairs become too much. Having a lift installed in a home was once a new concept. But the Stiltz Lift, which is made in the UK, has become an ideal and surprising­ly affordable alternativ­e to the traditiona­l stairlift.

Lachlan Faulkner, one of the company’s founders, says: “Our lifts are engineered by a very experience­d team to provide home access for those in need of a safe, discreet and compact alternativ­e to a stairlift.

“We are proud to have helped many people stay safely in the home they love for longer at an affordable price.”

The main advantage of Stiltz’s range of domestic lifts, which includes the Duo and Trio, is that they can be fitted virtually anywhere in the home. This is because they are not powered by hydraulics and don’t need to be fixed to walls or floors.

Powered by an electric motor system housed out of view at the top of the lift, the Stiltz Lift simply plugs straight into a normal 13-amp power socket like any other household appliance, delivering flawless performanc­e. The lifts also require no hard wiring or additional external power packs.

Stiltz’s exclusive dual-rail technology creates a self-supporting structure so no extra weight burden is added to the home.

Unlike noisy hydraulic-powered convention­al lifts, the Stiltz Lift requires minimal building work and can take just one day to install.

With one of the smallest footprints of any domestic lift on the market, covering just 0.62m2 surface area, the lift is very quiet when it goes up and down.

The Stiltz Lift is most commonly fitted between a downstairs room such as a hallway or living room and arrives in a bedroom or on the landing but there are countless permutatio­ns. The manufactur­er can use the dead space within a turning staircase to fit the lift or install it in an airing cupboard or wardrobe on both floors.

It can also be situated so that it allows users to enter and exit from both sides of the lift, or it can be fitted as a free-standing appliance.

Unlike a stairlift, the Stiltz Duo Lift can comfortabl­y carry two people and the larger version of the same model, the Trio, can accommodat­e a standard-sized wheelchair and is perfect for users with walking frames.

The Stiltz Lift has enabled people such as James and Helen Stewart to stay in the cottage they have shared together in Ipswich for years and it has even added value to their property.

Mr Stewart, 74, says: “My wife has multiple disabiliti­es with her hips and knees and it was becoming increasing­ly difficult for her to climb the stairs. We found Stiltz online and the lift is perfect, worth every


penny. It meant we haven’t needed to sell our home and it has allowed my wife to move around our house independen­tly.”

John Edwards, 69, from London, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, chose a home lift because a stairlift was not an option for him.

He says: “My wife and I didn’t want a stairlift because the track does nothing to enhance the appearance of stairs and the seats themselves are unattracti­ve. We also felt that using a stairlift was somehow undignifie­d. We decided on a Stiltz Lift because it is elegant and unobtrusiv­e.”

Most commonly used by senior citizens, the Stiltz Lift has also helped other people such as Peter Jackson, 47, from Wigan, who had a Stiltz Trio Lift fitted for his disabled daughter, Imogen, four.

He says: “The Stiltz Lift has made a massive difference to our lives and made life much easier for Imogen.”

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THE ONLY WAY IS UP: The Stiltz Lift can be fitted almost anywhere in the home

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