There are 10 million people in the United Kingdom over the age of 65 according to the much recently published Government records and it is estimated this number will nearly double by 2050. This research also highlights the fact that three million people are over the age of 80 – with it projected to increase to eight million in four-and-a-half decades time.
As is widely recognised the study indicates people are living longer so it can be assumed that they are likely to need help with mobility. One such product that is making life easier and more convenient for people is a home lift. Not to be confused with a stairlift – a device that is attached to the stair rail and lifts people upstairs and downstairs – domestic lifts are now a very realistic alternative as it gives people even more independence in the home.
Commonly used on a commercial basis, home lifts were introduced to the market around five years ago and such is their popularity now that a lift for the home no longer sounds so unconventional. There are many different types of domestic lift available including hydraulic, non-hydraulic lifts and ones that can build bespoke for the home.
Lifts that are not powered by hydraulic equipment such as the home lifts by Stiltz Lifts are so simple they can be installed in a day as often no extensive building work needs to be carried out. They can also be installed practically anywhere in a two-storey house meaning the connotations can be endless as the lifts do not need fixing to walls.
A typical place for a lift to be fitted is in the living room up to the main bedroom or landing area but it can be installed in the alcove of a winding staircase too. Some property owners opt to have a home lift installed in a cupboard downstairs that travels up to an airing cupboard upstairs for example.
The dual rails which the Stiltz lift uses to manoeuvre can also be shortened to whatever height is required for the property’s ceiling. There are even non-hydraulic lifts available that can fit a standard wheelchair – these lifts tend to be heavier but also deeper and wider too.
Most home lifts offer a wide range of features as standard and optional extras and there is even the option to choose a colour for the lift so it can match the interior of a home.
However it is what a home lift can offer the elderly, in particular, in terms of benefits, that is of the most importance and it is the fact it offers users the freedom to move around their homes safely and at their leisure.
With house prices predicted to rise between three and five per cent in 2015 according to mortgage lender Halifax, a lift for the home can not only add value but it also enables people to stay in the houses they may have spent their lives making home.
For more information on Stiltz Lifts visit www.stiltz.co.uk