10 Reasons to love the Passport Vertical Platform Lift

love the passport vertical platform lift

Even though everyone claims they don’t have a favorite, you know they do.  We aren’t afraid to admit that we love all our products, but we are a little more in love with the Passport® Vertical Platform Lift.  With its sleek design, easy operation, lightweight frame and enchanting safety features, who wouldn’t love the Passport!

  1. Lightweight Lift – Coming in at a slim 380 pounds, the Passport® Vertical Platform Lift is the lightest residential platform lift on the market. That’s 300 pounds lighter than most comparable vertical platform lifts!
  2. Prewired for your Convenience – Both the lift tower and gate come prewired so that the Passport Vertical Platform Lift is extremely easy to set up. Just plug in and start it up!
  3. Tested and Approved – This Vertical Platform Lift has passed its tests and carries the ETL Listed Mark for safety.
  4. DC-Powered – The Passport is DC powered and can complete about 30 cycles!
  5. Amazing Strength – This VPL can lift up to 750 pounds, almost two times the weight of the entire lift!
  6. Comes when you call – Using the Call-Send control with a mushroom-head design for your convenience, you can easily make the Passport come to you from top or bottom of the landing!
  7. Go wireless – It even offers a wireless remote to operate the Passport Vertical Platform Lift from inside your house or in the car!
  8. Super safe – The Passport comes with a variety of safety options such as the platform safety rail, interlock system, top landing gate and safety pan weather guard.
  9. Weather Strong – With waterproof controls and arctic-rated greased screws, the Passport Platform Lift controls will not erode and can handle wide temperature ranges.
  10. Ready for anything – The Passport Vertical Platform Lift has several power options including DC power and manual lowering capability through a hand crank.

Do you own a Passport Vertical Platform Lift or carry them through your home accessibility store?  Let us know what you love about the Passport by leaving a review at on the Passport Vertical Platform Lift product page today!

TRANSITIONS Threshold Ramps for a Home in Transition

transitions threshold ramps

Do you fear change?  Many of us do, which is why we created a line of products that makes the transition to an accessible home extra smooth.  For a home in transition, what could be more perfect than the TRANSITIONS® product line from EZ-ACCESS?  Let us tell you what’s so special about this line of home threshold ramps and how they can benefit you!

5 Unique Threshold Ramps

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Ramp – Supporting doorways up to 5 7/8 inches high, this angled entry ramp offers swivel feet that allow for varying heights and doorway angles.  Uneven surfaces are not a problem with the Angled Entry Ramp!

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp – Extending up to 6 ¼ inches high, this modular entry ramp features a smooth path from door to ramp.  Use the Modular Entry Ramp with a sliding glass door to make every entry easy for the mobility user in your home.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat – One of two completely rubber mats in the TRANSITIONS family, this angled entry mat can reach 2 ½ inches high and is unique because of its beveled edges which make it ideal for areas with cross traffic.

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat – The other rubber mat in the TRANSITIONS family, this modular entry mat does not feature beveled edges, but rather can reach a height of 4 ¾ inches using rubber risers.

NEW TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Plate – The TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Plate is our latest addition to the TRANSITIONS line.  It offers a simple design requiring no adjustments and extremely easy setup.

5 Family Traits of the TRANSITIONS

Seam-free Surface – Every TRANSITIONS threshold ramp is completely seam-free, making them extremely safe for mobility users.

Attractive Design – Many of us want every element of our home entry to look natural and attractive.  The TRANSITIONS products are all designed with this in mind, available in several materials to match the décor of your home.

Slip-resistant and Durable – The surface for all TRANSITIONS threshold ramps offer an extruded design for exceptional traction.

Easy Setup – Keeping the end user in mind, we have designed all TRANSITIONS threshold ramps to include only a handful of steps for setup.

Portable – Each TRANSITIONS threshold ramp is also lightweight and easy to transport from one entry way to another.

EZ-ACCESS knows that safety starts at your front door and we want to offer every opportunity for you or your loved one to enter and exit their home easily.  Let EZ-ACCESS help you find a home accessibility dealer in your area to evaluate your home for safety and comfort today!

 

Vertical Platform Lift or Mobility Ramp: How to Choose

modular ramp or vertical platform lift

At EZ-ACCESS, mobility users or caregivers often ask us which home accessible solution is best: a vertical platform lift such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift or a modular ramp such as the PATHWAY Modular Access System.  The answer depends on many factors like space, upkeep and budget.  Before you make any quick decisions, go through these questions:

  1. How high up is your porch, deck or front entry?

What is the distance between the upper landing of your entry and the ground?  The rise will affect how high the vertical platform lift will need to go or how long your modular ramp will need to be to stay within the ADA Standard Ratio of 1:12.  Once you determine how high your rise is, you’ll have a better idea of the space needed for a modular ramp.

  1. Where would your modular ramp or vertical platform lift lead out to?

You’ll need to consider the terrain and make sure you have enough room to park a car and safely navigate to the ramp or lift entry.  You will also need your ramp or lift to entry to be on level, sturdy ground, preferably not in the middle of your lawn.

  1. Who would keep the ramp or lift clear from the elements?

In certain parts of the country, you may need someone to come clear your modular ramp of snow, ice or leaves.  If you choose a vertical platform lift, will it be in an area that snow, ice or rain will not cause a problem?

  1. What is your budget?

How much will budget affect your decision?  Typically, a modular ramp system costs less than a vertical platform lift, but a modular ramp may not be the best solution for your home.  If funding is a concern of yours, visit our Funding Sources page to learn about financing available by state or category.

Deciding on the best home accessible solution can be complicated.  This is why EZ-ACCESS has a customer service team available at 800-451-1903.  You can also use our Dealer Locator tool to find an expert in your area that can evaluate your home accessible needs.

So, the Passport Vertical Platform Lift has the ETL Listed Mark – What does that mean?

ETL Listed Mark Vertical Platform Lift

If you’ve explored the EZ-ACCESS webpage for the Passport Vertical Platform Lift, you may have noticed verbiage and a logo declaring the Passport as ETL Listed.  Unless you are a retailer, distributor or local inspector, you most likely have no idea what ETL means.  Here are 4 things you need to know about the ETL Listed Mark and what it means for our Passport Vertical Platform Lift:

  1. What does the ETL Listed Mark mean? – The ETL Listed Mark means that the Passport Vertical Platform Lift has been test by the NRTL and found to be in compliance with all national recognized safety standards for platform lifts and stairway chairlifts as well as elevator and escalator electrical equipment.  It also means that this product will continue to receive periodic follow-up inspections to guarantee that EZ-ACCESS is maintaining the highest level of safety for the product.
  2. Who is NRTL? – National Recognized Testing Laboratory is operated by OSHA and tests products such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift against 200 safety and performance standards.
  3. How can I verify when a product is ETL Listed Mark? In addition to the ETL Listed Mark logo displayed on the product, there is a seven-digit number which you can use to look up the official Authorization to Mark from Intertek.  Here is the Passport’s Authorization to Mark.
  4. Why did EZ-ACCESS pursue the ETL Listed Mark? Your safety is our absolute top priority and we want your total confidence that our Passport Vertical Platform Lift is tested and proven to be one of the safest wheelchair lifts on the market, and will continue to remain a safe option for mobility users.

We stand behind our Passport Vertical Platform Lift and recommend it as the best solution for mobility users in need of access to a raised deck or porch.  Watch for next week’s blog article when we cover how to decide between a mobility ramp or a vertical platform lift for entry into your home or business.

 

Adding Independence & Accessibility In Your Home

There are several modifications you can make to help add accessibility to your home.

There are several modifications you can make to help add accessibility to your home.

 

EZ-ACCESS offers a variety of products to help those with limited mobility to maneuver in, out and around the home. Adding a wheelchair ramp to the entrance of your home is one of the best ways you can make your home safer and easier for those in a wheelchair or scooter to enter and exit.

In observance of Senior Independence Month, we want to share some solutions to help ensure that the inside of your home is easily accessible for seniors and those with limited mobility. Some are inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects while others will require professional work. Evaluate your home to see where improvements can be made to make your home easier for everyone to move through. You may only need to make modifications in one room or the entire house!

Bathroom Accessibility Improvements

The bathroom can be a challenging room for those in a wheelchair to maneuver through. Bathrooms are typically small and often have many obstructions that make it difficult to get around. Something simple like raising the toilet seats will make it easier for someone to get in and out of their wheelchair if they need to reach the toilet. Bath tubs and showers can also be dangerous because of the wet surfaces and lack of stable places to use for support. Adding grab bars to the tub and shower will make it easier for someone using a wheelchair or scooter to make the transfer from their chair to the tub. You can also check out our accessibility accessories to find items that make bathing easier and safer.

Home Modifications for Accessibility

More changes can be made throughout the home to make it easier for those with limited mobility. These modifications, however, will require more work. The typical width of a wheelchair is 32” or 36”. Widening the doorways to accommodate this size opens up more of the home to those in a wheelchair. Kitchen countertops and cupboards can also be lowered to allow someone sitting to easily access or reach something.

If you are looking for more ideas on how you can improve the layout of your home to accommodate to those with limited mobility, contact EZ-ACCESS. If you have the ideas but are searching for the right products, you can find them in our online catalog.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Inspiration in a Wheelchair

Franklin D. Roosevelt saw America through some trying times while dealing with limited mobility.

Franklin D. Roosevelt saw America through some trying times while dealing with limited mobility.

 

Although he lived with numerous health issues, including being paralyzed from the waist down, Franklin D. Roosevelt is regarded as one of the greatest Presidents in United States history. EZ-ACCESS wants to share his story as inspiration for the millions of Americans with limited mobility.

Despite his medical issues, Roosevelt changed social policies in America and helped conceive the idea for world’s largest peace keeping organization – the United Nations. Roosevelt is most commonly remembered for the New Deal, a set of social programs created to aid the American public during the time of the Great Depression.

But in 1921, long before his presidency, Roosevelt contracted what was then believed to be polio. This paralyzed him from the waist down.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, believed that Roosevelt’s polio was “a turning point” that “proved a blessing in disguise; for it gave him strength and courage he had not had before.” His polio diagnosis has been heavily debated. Many believe that he actually had Guillain Barre Syndrome, a disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks part of the nervous system.

Roosevelt did not want to accept paralysis and live his life in a wheelchair so he underwent treatment with many different therapies. He even taught himself to walk for short distances. Analysts believe he also may have had hypertension, anemia and melanoma.

Roosevelt hid many of his health ailments from the American public, believing that his issues would make him appear weak. He rarely allowed himself to be photographed in his wheelchair and went to great lengths to hide his health problems in order to keep the American people from worrying about their nation’s leader. The nation was shocked when Roosevelt died unexpectedly on April 12, 1945, less than six months after being elected to a fourth term in office.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a leader who overcame adversities and struggles to become someone who analysts and historians consider to be one of the most influential presidents in American history. He is an inspiration to all of us! The technology and capabilities of wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps have changed a lot since Roosevelt was in office. If you need assistance finding the right equipment to lead an active life, contact EZ-ACCESS. We have ramps that will keep you on the go!

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Limited Mobility

Don't let limited mobility prevent you from having a romantic Valentine's Day.

Don’t let limited mobility prevent you from having a romantic Valentine’s Day.

 

It’s already February and that brings a month filled with love. You’ve probably already made your plans for Valentine’s day. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday and your loved one may have high expectations for a day filled with romance and fun. EZ-ACCESS is bringing you Valentine’s Day date ideas for those with limited mobility.

  1. Head to a local art gallery. What better place is there to spend the afternoon than at the art gallery? Art galleries have the tendency to flow from room to room with an open concept, so mobility is not usually an issue. Not only will you experience some famous or local art pieces, you won’t have to stress about having access to the different exhibits.
  2. Strike up some fun at the bowling alley. Although there are not many sports that those with limited mobility can participate in, bowling is a fun game for all. Bowling is a fun sport to play while spending time with a loved one. You could even take the whole family for a round on Valentine’s Day.
  3. Find the local pool hall. Billiards is a fun game that is better when sitting down. Limited mobility will not hold you back from shooting pool at the local bar or pool hall. You can even show your loved one a few tricks of the trade while playing.
  4. A night out to a new restaurant. Never tried that local sushi place or pasta house? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try a new restaurant to mix up the regular date night. Who knows, it may become your new favorite spot to grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget, you may need a reservation because Valentine’s Day is a popular night at nearly all restaurants.

EZ-ACCESS wishes you the happiest of Valentine’s Day, no matter how you’re celebrating. Our customer service representatives are ready to help you find the right mobility ramp for your needs.

Reducing the Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you with products that can make improve mobility for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you with products that can make improve mobility for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 percent of Americans report having a disability, and the most common disability was rheumatoid arthritis. RA is a debilitating form of arthritis that can cause limited mobility, frequent pain and decreased activity. Although it is ideal to seek treatment for rheumatoid arthritis early on, we know it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms right away.

EZ-ACCESS is here to show you how different types of ramps can help with limited mobility caused by RA. We strive to help everyone with limited mobility and those who suffer from debilitating diseases and conditions.

Suitcase Singlefold Ramp- This type of ramp is perfect for people who are on the go and need help climbing small sets of steps and getting into the house. It is portable and made of durable aluminum to last through any weather condition. You can leave it at the entrance of your home or bring it with you into town or on vacation.

Tip: Make sure you are with someone who is able to carry the ramp, so you don’t overwork your joints.

Pathway Modular Access System- If you are confined to a wheelchair because of rheumatoid arthritis, the Pathway Modular System is right for you. Instead of having to build a wood ramp outside of your home, this system from EZ-ACCESS is an easy setup for almost any home. It will give you easy access to the world outside of your home. You can feel even more independent with a ramp system permanently a part of your home.

Tip: Contact your local EZ-ACCESS dealer to see if they have installation included with your purchase.

Transitions Angled Entry Ramp- Never worry about tripping over the lip of the door with your walker again. RA can make it extremely difficult to lift your legs, and you surely don’t want to suffer a fall.

Tip: Always have someone assist you when walking out the door to avoid a fall.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you have unlimited mobility, so you can experience life without boundaries. Contact us today, so we can help you find a dealer, or find one here.

Adding Storage to Your Mobility Device

Don't let your limited mobility stop you from carrying everything you need.

Don’t let your limited mobility stop you from carrying everything you need.

 

Now, more than ever, it feels like we are constantly on the go. Whether your young, old or someone who uses a mobility scooter, wheelchair or power chair, it feels like you have a million things to do and that you never have enough time to do them. EZ-ACCESS wants to help people with limited mobility while they’re on the go. One of the disadvantages of using a wheelchair or mobility scooter is you don’t have a lot of room to carry things. Check out these tips maximize space for your mobility device.

More than Just Armrests

At first glance, wheelchairs and mobility scooters don’t seem to offer much space to store anything other than you in the seat. But there are several ways to give yourself more carrying space with simple attachments. The armrest of your mobility scooter or wheelchair are a great place to add some storage. Adding a tote can give you storage for items like your cell phone and other handy items within an arm’s reach.

Storage in Unexpected Places

It takes some creativity to find places to add storage to your scooter or power chair to let you carry more while on the go. But while you’re sitting in your mobility device pondering where to add storage, you may not realize that your back is resting against another perfect add storage. There are packs designed to fit securely to the back of your device that make it easy to store larger items like blankets, food or magazines.

If you’re using wheelchair or power chair, you can also utilize the space underneath the chair with a carrier to hold some smaller items. The name of the game when looking to add storage to your mobility device is creativity and ingenuity.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you get as much as possible out of the available space on your mobility device. Contact us to find out how we can help you gain some storage space.

Caring for Someone with a Spinal Injury

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

 

Millions of Americans deal with mobility issues every day. Some of these issues are caused by chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes or multiple sclerosis which make it painful to stand or walk for long periods of time. However, other individuals experience mobility issues as a result of injury, and it is becoming more common that these injuries are occurring in people’s spines.

Caring for those that suffer a traumatic injury like a spinal injury is a lot of work. EZ-ACCESS is here to provide a guide to those providing the care to make sure the recovery is successful.

Patience is Key

If you’re providing care to someone who is dealing with a serious spinal injury, it will be essential to remind your patient or loved one that the process is long and slow. The injured person is obviously going to be dealing with physical symptoms, including the loss of mobility, but it’s important to remember that they will also be dealing with psychological side effects. Losing the ability to walk and depending on someone else to help you with tasks that used to require no effort can be a difficult process to go through. Be patient with them and offer support.

Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

It’s common for anyone who suddenly has to become a caregiver to devote all their time into caregiving. The problem with this is you become so focused on caring for your loved one that you forget that you also need to take care of yourself. Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury can bring stress. It’s important for you to recognize sources of stress and give yourself appropriate outlets to deal with the stress. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself to get a break, whether it’s through working out, reading a book, seeing a movie or some other form of relief.

EZ-ACCESS supports all caregivers who give so much to help their loved ones through difficult times. We can help make sure you don’t have to worry about getting your loved one in and out of your home with one of our residential ramps. Contact us or let us help you find a dealer in your area to supply you with an accessibility solution so you can focus on caregiving.