An increasing number of people are installing domestic lifts in their properties because of a desire to stay in their homes through until old age. Favoured by senior citizens suffering from mobility problems, home lifts have become a suitable alternative to a stairlift.

Having a domestic lift installed in the house is also a solution for people who have otherwise been faced with moving home because of their medical issues. One of the most popular products on the market is the range of domestic lifts by Stiltz – a UK manufacturer that sells its lifts all over the world including a wheelchair lifts version of it.

These lifts are different from traditional hydraulic home lifts as they are powered by an electric motor that is fitted to the top of the lift and plugs into the wall – it maneuvers up and down via a dual rail system. This means that there is no requirement for hydraulics and the lifts do not need fixing to floors, walls or ceilings as it is a self-supporting structure.

These features allow the lift to be fitted almost anywhere in the home. A couple from Scotland, whose terrace house could not accommodate a stairlift as their staircase was too narrow, recently had a Stiltz Lift installed in a downstairs cupboard in the hall.

The couple, both in their Seventies with mobility problems, could not have a hydraulic home lift installed as their ceiling required a certain height, but with the Stiltz Lift it just meant reducing the size of the rails to make it fit.

They had the lift positioned so it travelled up to another cupboard area on the landing upstairs the main bedroom. Both entrances were completely disguised so you would not even know a lift was there.

More importantly, a home lift meant the couple could stay in the home they had shared for years for more years to come.