In the opinion of Lachlan Falkner, new technologies may give a viable alternative to the stairlift.
Before now, the traditional stairlift was the only option for persons with limited mobility due to age, disability, or sickness who wished to remain in their home and have access to all levels of the building they owned.
But a new alternative has come into the market that provides numerous important advantages. — the’real,’ upward-rising through-floor lift.
Such household lifts are normally significantly more reliable than stairlifts, which can often break down leaving users possibly stuck upstairs or confined to the downstairs until the problem is addressed.
And while stairlifts may seem to be the cheaper alternative, the difference is not always as clear cut as it appears. Stiltz Lifts, for example, offers a home lift for less than £9,000, while a custom curved stairlift can cost anywhere from £4,000 to $7,000. In addition, stairlifts also require regular servicing and maintenance based on usage.
Stairlifts can often damage the appearance of a property and be conspicuous. Domestic lifts, in comparison, can be provided with an integrated curtain that simply slides over, making the lift seem like a windowed area. Stiltz’s Vista Lift, the company’s newest product, features a translucent polycarbonate lift car that was specifically designed to blend in with any room’s decor.
Home lifts are far faster than stairlifts: they can transport one passenger up to one storey in about 30 seconds, while stairlifts might take several minutes to transfer the person up and down the stairs.
Home lifts, in contrast to stairlifts, can accommodate more than one person at a time. This means no one person has to be left at the bottom or top of the steps while the other one uses the lift on their own. With a house lift, the user can walk around their home independently and does not require any assistance getting on or off, as they typically do with a stairlift. There is also no chance of falls with a lift in the home.
Originally invented in Australia and presented to the UK in 2010, Stiltz Lifts’ version of the home lift does not require hydraulics. Best of all, it does not require load bearing walls either. Instead, it makes use of a self-supporting dual rail system, or “stilts,” that carries the lift’s weight and the house’s floor’s weight in compression. No extra external mechanisms are required.
For wheelchair users, Stiltz offers elevators that are both broader and deeper, as well as three different types of household lifts. All are fueled by a 13-amp power outlet exactly like any other domestic equipment such as a kettle, microwave or toaster. The lift car’s self-contained roping drum-braked gear motor drive is powered by this.
With a footprint of about 0.62 sq m, the Stiltz lift should be able to be put practically anyplace in the home. As its shape is designed not to be a standard rectangle, it may go in a wide variety of settings such as a stairwell void, or from cupboard to cupboard. In a non-listed building, no planning approval is necessary for a putting a lift – only a typical building notice application.
Installing a Stiltz home lift requires the services of a professional builder, but after the lift provider has completed a property survey, determined where the lift will go, and measured its outline on the floor through which it will pass, the company can provide templates of the lift’s design to any builder so that they can provide a quote for the job. These templates give a step-by-step guide on how to perform an installation.
Stiltz’s new business development manager, Lachlan Falkner, can be found here.