Stiltz Homelifts has supported an MP’s call for ‘more attractive mobility aids’ and says it is already driving for change having recently upgraded its range of domestic lifts to make them more “modern and stylish”.
The Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said in a speech in London last week that “unattractive and clinical-looking” mobility products were putting people off making “vital changes” to their homes.
In the event hosted by the Centre for Ageing Better, the Gosport MP urged businesses in the industry to address the design of mobility products and help people live independently at home for longer.
Gino Farruggio, UK trade sales director for Stiltz Homelifts, welcomed Dinenage’s comments and said that, following extensive research, the manufacturer had recognised there was a desire from consumers for it to introduce a second generation of homelifts.
Farruggio said: “The Minister for Care’s comments only further highlight that manufacturers need to design mobility aids that are not only practical but aesthetically pleasing too which we wholeheartedly agree with and support.
“The mobility and healthcare market as a whole needs to think more about how it can improve the design of its products and make them more modern looking. We agree that older people deserve better – better services, and better products and we are addressing that.
“It’s not acceptable that because so many of the mobility aids on offer are so unsightly, we hear that pensioners who are struggling to live independently at home are putting themselves at risk by delaying adapting their homes until they are at ‘crisis point’.”
Stiltz Homelifts recently upgraded the design of its lifts, which are now manufactured from extruded aluminum instead of fabricated sheet metal, making them look “even more elegant” than the first generation lifts, according to Farruggio.
The exterior colour has been changed from an original creamy white to a stylish grey matte finish and the cabin is now fully transparent to give the feeling of light and space.
Its wheelchair-accessible model also offers more benefits to wheelchair users, including a gently-angled ramp for easier access.
“The traditional homelift was boxy, took up a lot of room in the home and looked like it belonged in a hospital,” said Farruggio.
“We like to think we changed all of that when we launched our first Stiltz Homelift to the market in 2010. The industry has grown significantly since then but we have not rested on our laurels.
“We realised that, while our homelifts were proving popular, we needed to make them even more visually appealing. The feedback we have received from dealers has been fantastic and we have already had some customers opting to upgrade their original lift to a second generation one.”