Four Ways to Make Lawn Care Easier

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the grass is growing! It’s time to tackle some yard work. Don’t let mowing your yard or mulching your garden beds be an issue anymore! With a few tips, you can save time, the strain on your body, and stress! Let’s find out how.

  1. If you purchase a new mower or need to take yours to the shop for maintenance, don’t let loading and unloading it be a hassle. Our TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Edgeless Ramp may be just what you need. If your mower has a wider deck, this is just what you’re looking for especially with its curbless design! It’s light enough to move by yourself but sturdy enough to handle your mower and will help you get the job done.
  2. One way to save time is to keep all of your necessary gardening tools near you. Using a garden caddy or gardening apron can keep all of your gardening gear handy. Some garden caddies can even double as a seat while you tend to your flowers and garden beds.
  3. If you’ve purchased mulch, rocks, or dirt, and you’re looking to move the materials out of your truck, trailer, or down your porch or patio stairs, enlist the help of a TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp. Move your wheelbarrow of materials quickly without any trouble! You won’t have to worry about slipping or having trouble transporting this easy-to-move ramp. Not only will your garden beds look great, you’ll save time and effort for more gardening projects!
  4. Forget hauling the hose around – water your plants with a soaker hose. Not only will this save you time but it’ll save on your watering costs. Cover it with a layer of mulch to prevent evaporation in the hot summer weather. Even better? Set an automatic timer so you don’t have to think about it.

We hope these gardening tips save you time, effort, and resources this summer while you’re out in the lawn and garden! Happy gardening!

Tips to Celebrate Family Fun Month!

August is Family Fun Month and boy oh boy do we have some fun ideas for you! The crew at EZ-ACCESS has compiled their favorite entertaining activities to do with their loved ones for this fantastic month. Check it out!

Splish Splash

Have fun and stay cool with your family by playing in the water all day! Enjoy the pool, sprinkler, slip ‘n slide, and water balloons all in your backyard. Find an old tarp and throw a hose and dish soap on it to create your own slip ‘n slide if you don’t have one!

S’more Fun

Have a camp out at night with the kids and enjoy some yummy s’mores around the fire. Tell scary stories and see who can catch the most fireflies in a jar to make a bright lantern.

Search for Treasures

Throw a scavenger hunt for the kids to participate in with their friends or neighbors. Hide little goodies around with clue cards that describe where to go next. You can even make it into a treasure hunt if you want a prize at the end!

Off-roading Recreation

Take the family for a fun cruise down the trails or through the fields! The TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Edgeless Ramp is the perfect tool to help load your ATVs, dirt bikes, or other recreational vehicles into the back of your truck or trailer.

Movie Madness

Have a backyard movie night with a white sheet or garage door and projector. Create an ice cream buffet and popcorn station where you can add M&M’s, chocolate syrup, caramel, and other sweets. Throw blankets and pillows down to create a little comfy oasis before the film starts!

Rapid Races

Create teams out of your family and throw little competitions. See who is better at potato sack racing, Bocce Ball, bean bag toss, and more. Do timed sessions of each event to create excitement. It could be as simple as having a station to see who can throw a Frisbee the farthest, and then your child can run to the next station to potato sack race to the next challenge!

We hope that you love these ideas and try out a few with your family! For more information about our options to make those with limited mobility more independent, contact us today!

Introducing the Brand New EZ-ACCESS Website

If you haven’t noticed, our website got a facelift! Not only has its appearance changed but we redesigned it with our customers, meaning you, in mind! New features were created to give our customers a better and easier experience. Take a look at what features you can expect from our brand new website.

  1. Industries – It may have gotten a little confusing at times knowing where the products you were looking for lived within our last site but now we’ve better defined our industries. Our main industries include residential, commercial, recreation, industrial, with each having a set of categories within that will guide you in finding the right product for your needs.

 

  1. Easier Navigation – No one enjoys getting lost on a website, lucky for you that won’t be a problem with our easier to use navigation. Find just what you’re looking for in an efficient and understandable manner.

 

  1. Dealer Contact Form – We’re taking the guesswork out of finding an EZ-ACCESS dealer for you. All you have to do is fill out the Dealer Contact Form and we’ll get a dealer in touch with you to help meet your needs and find the solutions that best fit your application.

 

  1. The Support You Need – We understand finding what will work best for you and your needs can be overwhelming. No matter where you are on our website you’ll always have access to our chat support. They can assist, guide and direct you in whatever you may need.

 

  1. Lightning Fast – We’ve made some changes so our website is not only easy to use but it’s faster than ever. Forget lag times here or waiting for images to load, we’re not here to waste your time. Find just what you’re looking for quickly.

We’re excited to share our new website with you! Our goal was to provide a better user experience, help you find just what you’re looking for and assist in meeting your needs. Don’t take our word for it – visit our website today!

Back to School Tips to Make Life Easier

Whether you are headed back to school or have kiddos preparing for another school year, going back means it’s time to buckle down and get serious once again. In order to ace those classes and enjoy the school year a little more, EZ-ACCESS has created a helpful list of tips to assist you in making life a little easier!

Save on Supplies

Save some money on notebooks and pencils during your state’s tax-free weekend. Several states participate in this weekend, which happens to be around the time you need to purchase these school items. There will be great deals already in place so saving some more is an added bonus!

Revamp Your Style

Collect and sell clothing to places where you will get money back such as Plato’s Closet, local hand-me-down stores, or online sites such as eBay. This is a great way to make a few extra bucks to help buy some new clothes for the year!

Use Google Scholar

Scholar.google.com is the place to go when writing all of those papers that will be coming up. The information is reviewed for accuracy and professors will love that you used a scholarly, trusted source.

Remember Your Schedule

Take a picture of your schedule and set it as your lock screen, so you won’t forget which class comes first and where it is. If you’re on a big campus or new to the area, take some time a few days before class starts to tour the place and find your classes so you won’t be late.

Maximize Productivity

It has been proven that listening to classical music or natural sounds such as ocean waves improves your focus and productivity. Play some of those tunes when studying in order to stay on top of your game!

Save on Books

Buy online to save money on your books, or use Amazon Prime Student to get six months free and 50% off your Prime membership the rest of the time you’re a student. This will save you heaps of money over the years!

Ratemyprofessors.com

All students swear by this site! Ratemyprofessors.com is a gold mine for students because they are able to see past comments from those who have already taken the classes they’re looking at with different professors. Using this site allows you to find the fun, interesting, and educating teachers that are available.

We hope these simple tips will make your year of learning a little more fun and a lot easier! If you have any other great back to school tricks, let us know your secrets. For helpful home accessibility hacks, we’ve got what you need. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

Making EZ-ACCESS Products Work for You: Effortless Deliveries

Did you know about 40 million Americans move every year? Whew, that sounds like a lot of work between new furniture, appliances, and other large deliveries. If you’re in the delivery or moving industry, it’s time to put our TRAVERSE™ products to work for you!

TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp: The Walk Ramp is the ideal ramp for your fleet of delivery vehicles! No matter what industry you’re in, from furniture delivery to moving heavy machinery and equipment, this is your star player. This curbside loading ramp allows you to easily load and unload your vehicle with ease and can withstand the rigors of daily use. With long lengths, this ramp provides the ideal inclined surface to get your items into and out of the back of your vehicle.

TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Ramp: If you’re moving equipment out of the back of a vehicle or trailer and you anticipate high-traffic use, the Singlefold Ramp is what you’ve been on the hunt for. It folds up easily and has handles for quick, convenient transportability! This ramp comes in various sizes to meet all of your needs and has a permanent, extruded slip-resistant surface for excellent traction.

TRAVERSE™ Curb Plate: Sometimes overlooked, getting large deliveries over a curb can be an obstacle for even the best mover. With the TRAVERSE Curb Plate, let this hassle be a thing of the past. Set up is a breeze and takes no time at all, freeing up more time to get to the next delivery. When you’re done, tuck it in the back of your vehicle for easy stowing.

It’s time to put our TRAVERSE products to work! If you don’t see the ideal ramp to meet your current needs, use our Ramp Selector to find what will work best for your application.

Designing your Home for Accessibility and Safety

The discussion of assisted living and nursing homes can be stressful and sensitive for all parties involved. It can be a difficult and costly decision to make. In 2016, a private room cost more than $92,378 a year, and with the average stay in a facility sitting a little over two years, the cost for a facility can amount to more than $184,000.

Before making the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home, consider home modification to allow them to stay within the comfort of their home. Actually, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. If you’re looking to make your or a loved one’s home adequately equipped so they can age in place, let us be your guide for things to consider as you look to make home modifications.

 Safety: The first step in the home modification process is to take a look at the safety of the home and recognize potential safety hazards. Can they move around without any tripping hazards? If there are doorways in the home that may have a lip, ledge, or step, consider using a TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp.

 Accessibility: Will you or your loved one be able to enter or exit the home? If there are multiple steps leading up to the home, our PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution for eliminating those hazardous heights. Don’t forget about the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener, which automatically opens and closes the front door with a push of a button so that those using a walker, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or power mobility device can easily get in and out of the doorway.

 Adaptability: The process of modifying a home is all about adapting to meet you or a loved one’s needs. Adding accessories to make their life easier is the key. If they’re using a walker or wheelchair add a tote or basket liner. Bathing and using the restroom can present certain challenges too. Our TILT® Toilet Incline Lift can help those who struggle with getting up from the seated position.

Beyond the cost benefits, allowing you or your loved one to age in their own home provides a little more comfort, independence, and safety. To learn how EZ-ACCESS products can help your home modification process, visit our residential page.

Easily Accessible National Parks to Visit

The National Park Service is committed more than ever to making facilities and programs accessible for visitors. If you or your loved one is a nature lover but have trouble getting around, then you will love this list of easily accessible national parks EZ-ACCESS has compiled!

Yosemite National Park – California

Mighty waterfalls, towering sequoias, and grand granite formations are the wondrous features of this park. Yosemite officials have done a great job at making it more accessible over the years by adding shuttle buses that take you to the popular sites along with having many trails that are wheelchair and scooter navigable.

Grand Canyon National Park –Arizona

The overwhelming size of this natural beauty can be seen by all with its flat, wheelchair accessible trails. There are even many wide, paved paths that will allow you to get close to the canyon and take in the magnitude of the site.

Olympic National Park – Washington

Encompassing nearly a million acres, this park contains an extreme diversity of wildlife and vast amounts of wilderness encasing glacier-capped mountains and lush rain forests. There is a 6-mile trail which is made of hard packed dirt and crushed granite which allows for a very manageable tour of Mother Nature’s beauty. 

Zion National Park – Utah

Massive sandstone cliffs soar sky high into the bright blue sky with a wide array of plants and animals that add to the wilderness. A free shuttle bus, which is wheelchair accessible, transports you up and down the canyon with several unrestrictive sites along the way.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

The world’s first national park features colorful hot springs, large geysers, and towering mountains that will give you a breathtaking view of the great outdoors. Long paved trail winds around Old Faithful to give everyone a chance to see the spectacular site. The visitor centers also offer a few loaner wheelchairs along with placed benches near the front of the geyser.

These national parks are extraordinary sites that feature marvelous views you won’t forget. We hope that you travel to one of these easily accessible locations to take in the stunning scenes offered by Mother Nature. Contact us if you need a new piece of equipment to help you explore the wilderness. We’d be happy to help!

How to Make Travel a Breeze this Summer

It’s the time for sunscreen, sunshine and some plain, old summer fun! If you’re looking for travel ideas or tips to make sure all your summer adventures in your wheelchair go off without a hitch, you’ve come to the right place! Next time you’re planning a trip or packing for one take these tips into consideration!

Cruises: While some cruises are more accessible than others, they are said to be some of the most wheelchair friendly vacation options. Cruise ships sailing in and out of U.S. waters should be ADA compliant and ships are so large now room to get around shouldn’t be an issue. Some of the best cruise lines to look at include Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, and Holland America.

Hotels: Shop around when looking for the right hotel. Once you’ve found a few you like give them a call to discuss their amenities, accessibility and any other information you may require. Even if you’ve booked a room requesting a roll-in shower or any other amenities, be sure to follow up a few days before your trip to confirm your room is equipped for your needs.

Flying: One way to reduce travel stress is to book flights with longer layovers. This allows for more time to get to gates or to reassemble any equipment. If your chair does need to be disassembled to enter the aircraft attach directions so the crew can understand and help simplify the process.

General: If you’re traveling via car or van always ensure maintenance is completed before you embark on your road trip! The best tip of all is to plan ahead – you can never be too prepared for your trip in land, air or sea!

Reduce Recovery Time with these Tips

Equipping your home with all the proper tools before you leave to go in for your knee or hip surgery will not only give you peace of mind but can also aid in recovery time. The last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to get into your home or how you’ll bathe during the healing process so here are a few tips to you to get you started. Consult your doctor to fully understand all the equipment and tools necessary for an optimal recovery.

If you’ll be using a walker to help you get around try one of our EZ-ACCESSORIES Walker Carryon to keep all the necessities near as you get around your house. Mount it on the side, or in the front, the deep pockets will allow you to carry your cell phone, TV remotes, and even beverages, keeping everything within arm’s reach.

If you’re healing from knee surgery you’re not going to want be going up and down, especially when using the restroom. Make the transition easier with the TILT Toilet Incline Lift. With quick and easy installation, this heavy duty lift chair can make your bathroom experience one of ease and comfort.

One thing that should not be overlooked is the entry into your home. If you’re using a walker, crutches or a wheelchair, a TRANSITIONS Modular Entry Mat is just what you’re looking for. Don’t worry about taking the step up when using this mat. It lays flush to any entry, can be trimmed down to fit any height and is made of heavy-duty rubber for a nonslip surface.

Don’t let bathing be a hassle! Any of our EZ-BATHING accessories can make even the most challenging task simple. Between the EZ-SHAMPOO Hair Washing Tray or the EZ-BATHING Universal Bather which can hook on to any bathing chair or shower wall and keeps all your necessities close, you’ll be able to stay squeaky clean!

Other things to think about as you come home to recover is clearing all the walkways from tripping hazards including rugs, power cords and uneven flooring. If your bedroom is upstairs, it would be a good idea to make arrangements to be downstairs during the recovery process. While you’re at it make sure your bed is low enough to get in and out of. Most importantly, ask for help during this recovery period. The more preparation and help you have the better and quicker recovery can be!

Must Try Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer is in full swing and with the kids out of school, you’ll need some healthy recipes to keep them and you strong and active this summer.  That’s why we compiled this list of mouthwatering summer recipes that are nutritious, but still tasty!

Squash Pizza: Abundant zucchini and squash mixed together with pizza is a surefire way to put a smile on your loved one’s face!

Grilled Eggplant Panini: Cook up these creamy and rich eggplant Paninis as an easy summertime lunch for the family!  Using whole-grain bread will add just another emphasis on the healthy aspect of the sandwich.

Triple Berry Salad: Plump berries, tangy goat cheese, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds…say no more!  You will love this healthy, fresh summer salad that will give you a boost of energy to get through this summer’s festivities.

Pasta Primavera: For all the pasta lovers out there, this is the yummy but light dish for you!  We love how these crisp vegetables bring bright colors into this refreshing meal.

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles: These refreshing, lemony popsicles will cool you down during this summer!  Don’t skip out on the graham cracker crumbs because they definitely make this recipe special!

Salmon Burgers: Try this lighter, healthier take on a burger that will make your taste buds burst!  This quick recipe will be great to make for your family when you’re getting ready to go to baseball tournaments this summer.

Banana Split Kabobs: These easy to make kabobs will put a smile on everyone’s face. Feel free to add other healthy items to make this recipe your own sweet summer treat!

Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken: This grilled chicken recipe comes with a fruity salsa mix that brightens up this meal! The sweet flavors will leave your family wanting more and asking when you’ll be making it again.

Burrito Bowls: Let your kids have fun and be creative by getting to throw any of the healthy items you set out into their own burrito bowl. This is a recipe you can feel good about, even if you add extra guacamole.

Triple Berry Crisp: This warm berry crisp will make your mouth water. Find some summer berries and throw them together with a couple extra ingredients to make this sweet delight!

Try making a few of these and let us know which one of these nourishing delights was your favorite, or tell us one of your healthy summer recipes that you like to make. We’d love to hear what delicacies you create!