So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your place, huh? Sitting down and sharing a seemingly endless meal of good food and great company with your family will undoubtedly be a fun time. However, it also means there’s going to be a lot of stuff on your plate, literally and figuratively, as you plan to accommodate extra people in your home.
EZ-ACCESS hopes to take some of the stress out of hosting Thanksgiving at your home. If you’re cooking, cleaning and setting the table, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether everyone can make it through the front door. Let us take care of that with one of our residential ramp that will make it easier for a family member with limited mobility to make it into your home.
Portable Ramps for Thanksgiving
One of those portable ramps that can help add access to your home is our SUITCASE® Singlefold Ramp. The best thing about this portable ramp is its portability, which allows the ramp to be easily folded up so it can be carried to your destination. When you need to use it, simply unfold it and securely place it. The portable ramp will do the rest.
Threshold Ramps for Thanksgiving
Maybe you don’t need a portable ramp, but it can still be a little tough to get someone with a mobility scooter or wheelchair over the threshold and through the front door. If that’s the case, you may want to consider our TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat or the TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat. Both of these threshold ramps are easy to transport and place to provide a smooth transition over your thresholds so members of your family can easily get in and out of your home on Thanksgiving.
If you’re not sure which of our portable ramp or mat systems is the best fit for your home, use the EZ-ACCESS ramp selector tool, which can help you find out which of our products will work best to suit your needs. We hope we can help take out some of the stress from your hosting duties, that way you can focus on enjoying the time with your family.
As Thanksgiving approaches later this month, millions of Americans will be taking to the country’s skies to see their loved ones. But for those with limited mobility who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters or power chairs, there are some extra challenges that accompany cross-country travel.
At EZ-ACCESS, we strive to make sure that everyone is comfortable and has access to their home. But, we also want to make sure that everyone can reach their destination for the holidays. With that in mind, we bring you some travel tips to help those with limited mobility travel easier.
- Planning ahead: Whether you have limited mobility or you’re making plans to travel with someone with limited mobility, it’s important to think ahead. If you’re flying, be sure to make your reservation well in advance. While making the reservation, inform the booking agent that you will be traveling with a mobility scooter, wheelchair or power chair. The sooner the airline knows about your needs, the greater likelihood you’ll have fewer hassles. Be sure to confirm all your requests a couple of days before you’re scheduled to depart.
- At the Airport: Like during the planning stages, it’s important to think ahead. That means you need to make sure to arrive at the airport early to give yourself plenty of time to get to your flight if something unexpected comes up. When checking your mobility scooter or power chair, request that it is returned to you at the gate when you arrive. Be sure to mark your name and address on any equipment and make sure it has a gate delivery tag so it is returned to you when you reach your destination.
Once you get to your destination, make sure you have arranged for transportation that will accommodate the power chair or mobility scooter. To make sure you have an easy time getting into your destination, check out our portable ramps that are easy to set up. EZ-ACCESS also has storage packs to give your power chair or mobility scooter more storage.
In honor of Veterans Day, EZ-ACCESS wants to say thank you all the men and women who have served in the armed forces to help protect our nation’s freedom over the years. You have given us so much. We don’t know all of you, but we owe all of you a debt of gratitude for the courage and self-sacrifice you have displayed in defense of the American Flag.
As it turns out, the 11th day of November serves as a reminder to honor service members across the world. In honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d share some facts about the history of Veterans Day and veterans. This brief history lesson will help you further understand the significance of the day. Who knows, you just might learn something new.
How Did Nov. 11 Become Veterans Day?
Veterans Day didn’t get its name until 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday. Prior to that point, Nov. 11 was referred to as Armistice Day to signify the end of hostilities in Europe during World War I, which ended on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Variations of Veterans Day
The end of World War I is commemorated every year in several other countries. While the day is referred to as Veterans Day in the United States, other countries refer to the holiday as Remembrance Day. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 as a way to honor the men and women who have served. Great Britain has a similar tradition that is held on the second Sunday in November with a moment of silence held every Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Veterans: The Reason for Veterans Day
Here are some facts about the number of veterans living in the U.S. from the Census Bureau
- There are nearly 20 million military veterans living in the United States.
- 7 million of those veterans, more than one-third of America’s total, served during the Vietnam War.
- 3 million veterans are at least 65 years old.
As veterans return from combat overseas and continue to age, they may need some assistance moving around. Make sure veterans with limited mobility can access your home or business with an accessibility solution from EZ-ACCESS.
Halloween will be here at the end of the week, and that means candy, lots and lots of candy. The first week of November is sure to be filled with people hitting their gyms to try and burn off the calories from all the extra sugar from all the candy, and that includes people with limited mobility that need to use wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
And while it may take some different exercises, EZ-ACCESS has some ideas to help our clients with limited mobility burn off those sugar calories from Halloween. These exercises may be useful for losing weight after Halloween, but they also work throughout the rest of the year, too.
- Free weights: One of the advantages of free weights is that they are still easy to use for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are plenty of upper-body exercises that you can do with free weights that give your arms and chest a solid workout. It’s important to remember to start with a weight you’re comfortable with and add more weight or reps as you get stronger.
- Wheelchair push-ups: If you’re not comfortable with lifting weights, you can still build strength in your arms and chest. By locking the brakes of your wheelchair and using the arm rests to stabilize yourself, you can lift yourself off the seat of the wheelchair and then sit back down slowly. You can add more reps as you build strength.
- Keep up the cardio: Raising your heart rate can do wonders for your entire body, rather than focusing all your attention on one muscle group. Wheeling around the track is a great way work up a sweat, improve your overall fitness and get a great arm workout. You can also play a game of wheelchair basketball if you’re looking for a team sport to keep you active.
Contact us at EZ-ACCESS to see if we have anything that might help you in your efforts to be more active.
Scary Fun for Everyone
With a couple of weeks to go until Halloween, children across the country are getting excited to head out on Halloween night to go door-to-door in hopes of getting bags full of candy. And while there are sure to be plenty of children running up and down the street, there will also be many children in wheelchairs and mobility scooters looking to get their hands on as much candy as possible.
The use of a wheelchair or mobility scooter can present some challenges, but there are plenty of costume ideas for children with limited mobility that will make sure they look great while shouting “Trick-or-Treat!” At EZ-ACCESS, we specialize at making sure people can make it in and out of your house, but we’ve also got some wheelchair Halloween costume ideas that will make sure your child can be a big hero, or a scary villain on All Hallows Eve.
And while kids usually have the most fun on Halloween night, these costume ideas work just as well for adults.
- Professor Charles Xavier: If you’re looking to be a hero, look no further than the leader of the X-Men. Charles Xavier may be the most famous hero that also needs to use a wheelchair. Dress in a simple suit and tie and add a flesh-colored skin cap to transform into Professor X. This costume is sure to be popular this year after the film X-Men: Days of Future Past came out during the summer.
- Fred Flintstone: Become Bedrock’s most famous resident and make the wheelchair or scooter part of the costume by turning it into the foot-propelled car. Simply color some cardboard and secure it to the sides and top of the wheelchair. Add a black wig, an orange pullover with black felt spots and a blue tie, and you’ll be easily recognizable as the most prominent member of the Modern Stone Age Family.
If you’re hoping to make sure everyone can make it to your door to go trick-or-treating, check out some EZ-ACCESS solutions that will help make sure everyone can ring your doorbell.
EZ-ACCESS has a lot of products to help our clients get in and out of the home. In fact, adding some form of wheelchair ramp to your home’s entrance is one of the best ways to make your home more accessible for those with limited mobility. But once inside, what can you do to make sure those with limited mobility can easily navigate your home?
There are several ways to make changes to your home to increase its wheelchair accessibility. Some of these are do-it-yourself projects that are relatively inexpensive, but others will require professionals to complete the work. You may not need to do all of these, but here are some ideas that might help you.
Bathroom Accessibility Improvements
In the bathroom, something as simple as raising the toilet seat’s height can make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to get in and out of their chair if they need to use the toilet. Another way to improve safety in the bathroom is to add grab bars to the tub or shower, which will make it easier for someone in a wheelchair or scooter to transfer from the chair to the tub.
Home Modifications for Accessibility
Throughout your home, other changes can be made to make it easier to navigate for someone in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, but these will require a bit more work. Doorways can be widened to accommodate the width of a wheelchair, typically to 32” or 36”. Kitchen countertops can be lowered to allow more access and make for an easier reach for someone with limited mobility. Finally, lowering cabinets and widening doors may mean that electric outlets have to be rearranged
If you need ideas for ways to improve your home’s layout for individuals with limited mobility, contact us at EZ-ACCESS. If you have already got ideas, or want to look at the products we already have to make it easier for people to move around, check out our online catalog.
It’s an exciting time at EZ-ACCESS. Not only have we recently launched a new and improved website, but our products are also receiving national recognition for the innovative way they help people of limited mobility improve access to their homes and businesses.
HME Business, a leading source of news and business management ideas for home medical equipment professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural New Product Award. Our Transitions® Angled Entry Ramp was named the winner of the New Product Award in the Home Access category. We were one of eight companies to be named a winner across eight different categories in the first year of the awards.
“It was exciting to launch this program, because it recognizes some of the top products in our industry,” said David Kopf, editor of HME Business magazine, in a news release. “We were very pleased to see all the outstanding entries and hope to see even more in year two of the HME Business New Product Award.”
EZ-ACCESS has been dedicated to ramp and related products for 30 years and is excited to continue to be the industry leader in accessibility. We are excited to receive this recognition and continue our dedication toward innovative accessibility solutions.
The Transitions® Angled Entry Ramp is one of our residential products that help its users get in and out of their homes with greater ease. The stand-alone ramp gives users the ability to adjust to doorways of different heights. It also is portable and can fit doors that have a slight drop or for single-step rises.
All the winners will be recognized during the Medtrade Fall Expo in Atlanta. The products will be also be featured in the December issue of HME Business magazine and will also appear on hme-business.com. The magazine has a monthly circulation 17,000 subscribers, so we’re very excited that HME professionals will look at the magazine and see the EZ-ACCESS name attached to a new award associated with innovation.
Are you or a loved one a wheelchair or scooter user? If so, you understand the importance of accessibility that works for you. That’s why EZ-ACCESS offers portable ramps, modular ramps, commercial ramps and a vertical platform lift. Each option offers different benefits for users and caregivers.
Have you ever considered a vertical platform lift for your wheelchair or scooter? It could be perfect for you and your home! Read on to find out the benefits of installing a vertical platform lift at your home.
End the difficulty and discomfort of leaving your wheelchair
Stair lifts in your home are great for some wheelchair users or people who have difficulty with their stairs, but transferring yourself or being transferred from your wheelchair on to a lift can be stressful. With a lift like the Passport Vertical Platform Lift from EZ-ACCESS, you don’t have to leave your wheelchair to be transported up or down a level of stairs. It’s easier than ever to visit and enjoy your second story or a porch or deck outside!
Feel safe and confident as you are lifted
If you feel uncomfortable riding a stair lift, then the safety and stability features of the Passport Vertical Platform Lift will appeal to you. It features a safety rail for added stability on either side of the platform, as well as a gate with a mechanical interlocking latch with magnetic read switch that keeps riders protected and safe from accidents. It also prevents improper use of the lift.
Maintain your independence
With call/send control and a wireless remote control, you can get on and off of your Passport Vertical Platform Lift all by yourself. You won’t need help being transported to another chair and the easy operating system makes it a breeze to control.
If you think a platform lift would be perfect for you and your home, contact us to learn more. We would love to help make your home more accessible!
If you’re accustomed to working with people who use wheelchairs, you probably have a good understanding of wheelchair etiquette. However, if you’re new to caring for, working with or living near a person in a wheelchair, you might not be sure how to act around them. EZ-ACCESS has experience working with a variety of disabled customers and their caregivers, and it can be frustrating for them when the people they interact with don’t have the best etiquette. Check out our list of wheelchair etiquette that can help make you a better person and caregiver and make your town more accessible to everyone who lives there. You might just find some ideas you’ve never considered before.
- Don’t automatically hold on to or lean on someone’s wheelchair. If you’re good friends, it’s fine, but otherwise it can be distracting and uncomfortable.
- Offer assistance, but don’t insist. They’ll say yes if they need help.
- Always talk to the person in the wheelchair instead of a caregiver unless they are unable to talk.
- If you can, sit down to share the same eye level when you’re talking.
- Practice referring to people in a wheelchair as just that – “in a wheelchair”.
- Don’t pity people in wheelchairs; talk to them about the cool things that come along with using a wheelchair.
- Encourage your community to put curb cuts on all sidewalks. They’re inexpensive and help wheelchair users to be independent.
- Write to your city to encourage the implementation of ramps at various city buildings and parks. Better yet, encourage the city council committees responsible for transportation, building and zoning to include members in wheelchairs or at least consult with people who use wheelchairs in your community. That way, all projects will be accessible to everyone.
- Just be yourself. People in wheelchairs don’t expect special treatment, just fair treatment. Don’t be nervous about interacting with someone in a wheelchair.
We hope these tips help you feel more prepared to work with or help someone in a wheelchair in your community. Once you start thinking about the accessibility of people with varying levels of mobility, you start to see where you and your town could use improvement. If you’re looking for products to make your home or business more accessible, see what we have to offer here!
When you need improved accessibility to your home, you want it ASAP. You want the very best in safety and stability, but you might not be sure what to look for. You also want a reasonable price tag. Why not just have a family member or friend construct a wooden ramp for you? Why not go with a cheap option? While those ideas may seem convenient at the time, they won’t benefit you in the long run. EZ-ACCESS knows ramps. It’s what we spend all of our time engineering, constructing and installing. We know what our customers need and want in a ramp. And that’s why our Pathway Modular Access System is simply the best ramp option for your money. Let us show you why it’s not your average ramp:
You won’t have to settle for a bumpy ride off the ramp
In order to help you transition from the ramp to the ground with extra stability, we offer a standard ground transition, lower transition, landing pad, and transition plate connection with the Pathway Modular Access System. Depending on your needs and the setup of the ramp, we’ll find the best transition option for you.
Get customized handrails so you feel safe
The Pathway Modular Access System offers loops for handrail options. You can easily attach handrails together with our handrail connectors that require no additional fasteners or hardware. We want you to have the rails that are easiest for you to navigate and make you feel safe and secure on your ramp.
Don’t worry about fitting a ramp on your unique entryway
The Pathway Modular Access System has an angled platform that allows it to fit tight configurations. The ramp can fit multi-dimensional angles and takes up less space than most ramps. The low-profile, offset, oversized feet create extra stability and allow for multi-positional placement. You can also have stairs added for an additional entry option to your ramp and home.
Cut out maintenance with aluminum
Unlike wood ramps, aluminum requires little to no maintenance, won’t rust or rot, assembles with ease and minimal tools, doesn’t require a building permit, and can easily be expanded, reconfigured or moved to another location.
When you’re considering a ramp for your home, choose the option that offers you the most safety, customization and convenience.