Access For All: Accessibility Solutions for Holiday Gifts

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

 

This time of year divides people into two groups. One group consists of a group of people who are easy to shop for, the ones who you know exactly what to get them for a holiday gift without thinking twice. The second group is on the other side of the coin. These are the ones that are hard to shop for, the ones that make you wrack your brain to come up with the perfect gift idea, only to come up with no ideas.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift idea for a family member, friend or loved one with limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS has gifts that are sure to be helpful and appreciated. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide accessibility solutions, whether it is during the holiday season or at any other time during the year.

Here are some ideas that would make great gifts for anyone with limited mobility.

  • Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp: This is the perfect gift for someone with limited mobility that does traveling. The Gateway is designed to be durable and easily moveable. All you have to do is set it in place and it’s ready to use in any weather.
  • Suitcase Singlefold Ramp: This is another good ramp for anyone who is on the go. Designed to be easy to carry and portable, the Suitcase Singlefold Ramp is available in different lengths between 2 feet and 8 feet long.
  • Pathway Modular Access System: This ramp system can be customized and built to fit the entrance to any home. This is a system great for people who use wheelchairs, power chairs, mobility scooters or prosthetics.

EZ-ACCESS is here to help provide the perfect gift through accessibility solutions. To find out which solution is the best for you, use our ramp selector tool or contact us to speak with a member of our expert staff.

SUITCASE RAMPS: Accessible Solutions for the Holidays

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

 

It seems as if 2014 has come and gone in a flash. It’s already December, which means we are in the full swing of the busiest shopping season of the year trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on our list. But the holidays are about more than shopping, it’s about spending time with friends, family and the people who mean the most to us.

Millions of Americans are going to be traveling many miles to spend time with loved ones during the holiday season. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be able to enjoy the holiday season with all of your loved ones. We’re here to provide the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone can make it in and out of your home during the holidays.

In an effort to help make it easier to make your home accessible for friends or family that have limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS vendors will be offering our portable ramps from our SUITCASE line for rental. These ramps are designed to be easily carried from place to place so you can use them at your own home or while on the go. The ramps are easy to set up and durable so that you can use them over and over again.

Renting a ramp for the holidays is easy. Once you find an EZ-ACCESS dealer in your area, which you can do easily with our dealer locator tool, you get in touch with the vendor to let them know you are interested in renting. And if you find that you like the ramp and want to keep renting, you may want to consider buying the SUITCASE ramp. At typical rates, the ramp pays for itself in just three months.

No one should be left out of the holiday celebrations, and EZ-ACCESS provides the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone is included. Contact us to find out how we can help improve the accessibility at your home today.

Portable Ramps and Threshold Ramps for Thanksgiving

A portable ramp will make it easier for guests to get in your house.

 

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.

Flying with Your Mobility Scooter or Power Chair

EZ-ACCESS has tips for flying with your mobility scooter or power chair

 

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.

Things You May Not Know About Veterans Day

EZ-ACCESS Thanks veterans for their service

 

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.

Seated Fitness: Limited Mobility Exercise

Burn off the calories from Halloween candy with these wheelchair exercise ideas
 
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: Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Halloween will be fun for everyone with these wheelchair costume ideas
 
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.

Everyone’s Accessible Home Sweet Home: Adding Wheelchair Accessibility

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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.

Ramping Up Success with EZ-ACCESS

EZ-ACCESS receives a New Product Award from HME Business Magazine
 
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.

Why You Should Consider a Vertical Platform Lift

passport vertical platform lift
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!