How to Safely Transport Your Mobility Scooter

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The sun is out and you’ve finally received that mobility scooter that is really going to take you places this summer.  The only problem is, you aren’t sure how you’ll get this mobility device to the mall, park or outdoor concert you’ve been hoping to use it at.  Don’t worry – EZ-ACCESS understands your predicament, and we have identified your three best choices for transporting that mobility scooter anywhere this summer!

  1. Public Transportation with Your Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters can only operate for a certain number of hours before the battery will need to be recharged.  For this reason, many mobility scooter users in cities choose to do some of their travel by bus or some other form or public transportation.  This allows you to save the battery life on your mobility scooter while still getting to your desired destination.

However, before heading to the bus stop with your mobility scooter, check to be sure your city’s public buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.  Know that in general, wheelchair or mobility scooter users are expected to load their mobility device within a 2 or 3 minute time period and that assistance will be available to secure the mobility device.  You will also need to be aware that most cities do not allow buses to operate a wheelchair lift on a hill, so travel to the nearest level ground bus stop.

  1. Portable Ramps for Your Mobility Scooter

Another option for transporting your mobility scooter is by using a portable ramp and your personal vehicle.   The length of portable ramp needed will depend on the floor height of your vehicle.  Use our incline calculator to determine the ramp length needed.  You should NEVER ride or drive your mobility scooter up a portable ramp, but instead set your mobility scooter to freewheel mode and push it up the ramp.

  1. Mobility Scooter Lift

If public transportation is not an option and your mobility device won’t easily fit in your personal vehicle, a great solution is to install a mobility scooter lift.  At EZ-ACCESS, we offer the HAULWAY product line which includes the HAULWAY™ Lite, Standard and HD lift to fit a variety of mobility scooter styles and sizes.

If you’re concerned with how to transport your mobility scooter, don’t wait to contact the friendly service team at EZ-ACCESS!  We’re here to help you live as safely and independently as possible!

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

Windows rolled down, sweaters packed in storage, and house scrubbed within an inch of its life. It’s most certainly springtime – but nobody had to tell you twice! EZ-ACCESS encourages you to pay your wheelchair ramp the same springy TLC to rid it of winter grime and prepare it for the warmer months ahead:

  1. Spray it down: Though it’s a relief to wave goodbye to winter, the snowy season leaves behind dirt, sand, and salt build-up from longs months of de-icing your ramp. Kick start the cleaning process by running a hose over the surface to remove as much surface-level gunk as possible. Let it air dry completely before moving on to prevent slips.
  2. Take a broom to it: Hopping in with brooms or scrubbers before a thorough rinse only pushes grit and grime around further, scratching the surface and spreading the mess. On a thoroughly rinsed and dried surface, sweep away fine residue to reveal a smoother, cleaner ramp.
  3. Run a check-up: A clean surface allows you to inspect your ramp for problems areas that formed over the winter. Keep your eyes peeled for scratches and rust formation on metal ramps and signs of warping or rot on wooden options.
  4. Make improvements: A taller handrail, longer landing pad, or added traction strips can make your wheelchair ramp a customized fit for your house and your lifestyle. Enjoy the fresh air as you tweak and tune your ramp for the summer months and beyond!

Been thinking about upgrading your ramp? Springtime is the time for that. Take a peek at our online catalog and let us know what improvements we can help you make!

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Long walks through the park or pick-up games of basketball? Washing the cars or tending to the garden? No matter your preference, time spent exercising outdoors is never wasted. Outdoor fitness impacts your body, mind, and spirit, and our team at EZ-ACCESS wants you to head outside to seize these benefits:

Body

  • Clean air, rejuvenating scenery, and plenty of sunshine inspires more activity than a 4-walled gym. With more space and energy to romp around, outdoor workouts are typically performed with more vigor than indoor exercise, helping to burn calories, curb weight gain, and keep heart and circulatory systems strong.
  • Vitamin D, which is naturally produced in your skin in response to sunlight, boasts a wealth of benefits. From fighting disease to strengthening bones, spending time exercising under the sun instead of fluorescent lights makes this vitamin thrive. Bonus: it’s been proven to supplement weight loss, boosting the benefit of your outdoor exercise even farther.

Mind

  • Your brain craves stimulation, and physical environment matters. That’s why a 20-minute walk outside has been proven to channel focus and promote increased concentration as it gives your mind time to unwind from pressing matters and redirect to soak up new sensations.
  • Research is starting to name exercise as one of the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Walks around the neighborhood, gardening, and bike rides combine the benefits of heart-pumping exercise with the environmental stimulus that keeps your brain sharp.

Spirit

  • Ditch the treadmill and head for the hills. Research indicates exercises performed outdoors reduce tension, confusion, anger, and depression more effectively than any indoor counterparts.
  • Mood-booster serotonin is affected by oxygen intake. The more you inhale, the more your body is able to produce, helping to increase your happiness and sense of well-being. Deep lungfuls of fresh air enable you to relax and refresh as they trigger production and release of natural uppers.

No matter your level of mobility, the great outdoors is waiting for you. Take a look at our line of SUITCASE easy transport ramps so you can pack up and go wherever and whenever you want!

What Makes HAULWAY The Safest External Vehicle Lift on the Market

What Makes HAULWAY The Safest Lift On the Market

With hundreds of dollars of equipment and your lifeline to mobility exposed to the world, transporting your power chair can raise concern. Ease it with HAULWAY lift systems. A fully boxed base frame, weight-bearing capacities up to 325 pounds, and top-of-line protection systems create a chair lift as secure as it is streamlined. Consider some of the features that make HAULWAY the safe option in mobility chair transport:

  • It conquers bumps in the road: Long gravel roads or main streets riddled with potholes pose just as minimal concern as if navigating your lift on smooth pavement. An integrated suspension system absorbs impact and helps your chair reorient around it.
  • Inclines aren’t an issue: Whether tackling a steep hill in your neighborhood or a steady climb up mountainous landscapes, put the fear of your mobility chair dislodging to rest. With an automatic tilt function, a HAULWAY lift will position your mobility device for maximum leverage, adjusting to changes in elevation swiftly and smoothly.
  • Restraints aren’t on your shoulders: Not only do straps and ropes tangle and create hassle, they also come with a high risk of error. An improper knot, a hook that breaks mid-ride, or a frayed strap that snaps can create an expensive problem in a matter of seconds. HAULWAY’s mechanical hold-down arm eliminates the time and focus that manual restraints demand, snugly keeping your mobility chair locked in place. Auto-retractable ratchet tie-downs also work to firmly secure your mobility chair to the lift.
  • It takes care of itself: Bumping into your lift when you round the corner can be a painful shock. The automatic fold feature prevents this pain, rising up and out of range when not in use.

Questions? Our team at EZ-ACCESS can answer them to help you select the power chair lift that suits your needs and lifestyle. Give us a call today!

How-to Install a Power Door Opener

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Less than a year ago, we added the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener as well as a few other innovative solutions to our accessibility product family.  The response we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive with customers enjoying the lightweight design, low cost, customization and extremely easy installation.  If you are considering purchasing the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener here is what you need to know:

Door Clearance

Before starting installation, be sure to check the door that you are installing your power door opener to for proper clearance and function.  Some areas to check include:

  1. Door should be in good condition which plumb, square and not warped.
  2. Door should NOT stick to the door jamb.
  3. Door should have standard butt hinges. Doors with springs or flimsy hinges will NOT operate correctly.
  4. At least three inches of clearance is needed above the top of the door.
  5. At least three and a half inches of clearance is needed past the door hinge to allow space for the door to open to 90 degrees with motor attached to top of door.
  6. Door should be within nine feet of a power outlet if using the factory power cord or within 12 feet of the door if using the optional electric strike low voltage wire

Parts Included

With the EZ-ACCESS CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, you will receive the following:

  • 1 motor unit
  • 1 doughnut magnet
  • 6 wood screws
  • 4 binding bolts
  • 1 blank latch plate
  • 1 door stop (If you have a heavy door, you may want to consider purchasing a heavy duty door stop.)

You will also have the option to purchase these items:

  • An electric strike and face plate
  • Wall mounted push pad
  • Wireless keyless entry system
  • Garage door-style transmitter
  • Pendant-style transmitter

Power Door Installation

To install the EZ-ACCESS CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, you’ll be installing each component in this order:

  1. Install Door Stop
  2. Mount Motor Unit and Lever Arm
  3. Optional – Install Electric Strike
  4. Program Receiver
  5. Adjust Settings

Since the power door opener installation instructions differ slightly depending on the model of CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener you are purchasing, visit the following pages for specific installation instructions:

CONCIERGE 23DL (LEFT SWING DOOR MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23DR (RIGHT SWING DOOR MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23JL (LEFT SWING JAMB MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23JR (RIGHT SWING JAMB MOUNT)

If you’d like to learn more about the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, give us a call – we love chatting about this cost-effective, lightweight door opener solution for homeowners!

Why Choose an Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp

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If you’re in need of adding a wheelchair ramp to your home or business, there are a lot things that you’ll need to consider. If you need one for your home, you’re looking for a ramp that will meet the needs of your specific mobility device. However, if you need one for your business, it needs to cater to multiple devices. Regardless of where the ramp is being used, you want to make sure it’ll last, won’t require a lot of upkeep and won’t keep you busy with constant maintenance.

The good news? EZ-ACCESS has ramp solutions for you: aluminum ramps. When you first think about it, you may think that aluminum ramps aren’t all that different from ones made of plastic or wood. But, what happens when you think about it a little bit more? Aluminum ramps offer advantages that other ramps can’t match.

Durability and Dependability

Making a purchase for an item like a wheelchair ramp isn’t something you want to do repeatedly. Simply put, you want a ramp that’s going to serve your needs every day for a long time. EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps offered unrivaled durability and a surface that is easy to maintain and allows your mobility device to retain traction as you go up and down the ramp. Wood ramps, on the other hand, require continuous maintenance to make sure the wood isn’t rotted, and will need to be replaced more often.

Adjustability

One of the great things about EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps is that they can conform to fit virtually any doorway or entrance. That’s not the case with wood ramps. Once they’re installed, they are difficult to take apart and reconfigure, which often means you’d be better off purchasing a new ramp than trying to make adjustments to the old one.

Aluminum ramps are a great option for your home or business, and EZ-ACCESS has modular aluminum ramps that can be configured to any entrance. Contact us to learn more about the solutions we provide, or use our ramp selector tool to see which ramp will work best for you.

 

Benefits of the HAULWAY Scooter & Power Chair Lift

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If you use a mobility device like a mobility scooter or power chair, or you live with someone who does, you know that traveling with mobility devices can be a real hassle. First, you have to make sure the device can fit in your vehicle, then you have to disassemble the device to get it in the vehicle. All of this requires extra time and effort. EZ-ACCESS is here to help save you time and to make traveling easier with a simple solution: the HAULWAY Scooter & Power Chair Lift.

Lifts for Vehicles of All Sizes

There is a belief out there that once you start living with limited mobility, it means your life instantly becomes more expensive. This is especially true when it comes to vehicles, as the common belief is you have to purchase a new vehicle to be compatible with your power chair or mobility scooter. With the HAULWAY Lift, you may not have to change your vehicle, because we have three different lifts that can attach to the rear of a wide range of vehicles.

HAULWAY Lite Scooter & Power Chair Lift

The most lightweight model of the HAULWAY Series, the HAULWAY Lite features a 175-pound capacity to hold your mobility device. The lift weighs itself weighs just 93 pounds and is compatible with vehicles that have either a class II or a class III hitch.

HAULWAY Standard Scooter & Power Chair Lift

Capable of supporting mobility devices that weigh up to 275 pounds, the HAULWAY Standard can carry large 3- or 4-wheel scooters or medium-sized power chairs. Once installed, the lift weighs as little as 90 pounds and fits either class II or class III hitches.

HAULWAY Heavy Duty Scooter & Power Chair Lift

The HAULWAY Heavy Duty is our most rugged lift that can be attached to a vehicle. With a 325-pound weight capacity, it can handle a wide range of mobility devices and has an integrated suspension system with a fully boxed base frame. The lift weighs 107 pounds when installed and works with class II and class III hitches.

EZ-ACCESS believes in providing you with solutions to help make your life easier as you live with limited mobility, whether that’s at home or when you’re traveling. Please contact us to learn more about the accessibility solutions we provide.

10 Ways to Improve Wheelchair Accessibility in your Home

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As the winter days wind down and the sun starts to stay out for a little bit longer each day (we know, winter is still too long), many of us find ourselves thinking about the spring. One of the best parts about spring is that we get back to doing projects around the house. And while it’s fun to think about spring cleaning projects, or planting some new seeds in the garden, there are several changes you can make that can improve your home’s function by making it accessible to individuals with mobility devices. EZ-ACCESS is here to present you with 10 tips to make your home more accessible.

  1. Add ramps to entrances. The cost of this solution will vary based on the size of the ramp. Regardless of cost, though, ramps are an easy way to make your home accessible without having to do any heavy remodels.
  2. Install a platform lift. For home entrances where a ramp is impractical or difficult to install, a platform lift can be installed to easily lift mobility devices to a desired height.
  3. Remove rugs. While pretty to look at and valuable for decorative purposes, area rugs and throw rugs make it difficult for people in mobility devices to navigate.
  4. Change your flooring surface. While more expensive than removing a rug, getting rid of thick carpet in favor of hardwood or tile will make it much easier for people with limited mobility to get around your home.
  5. Install threshold ramps. Whether they’re being used to go from outdoors to inside or between rooms of your homes, threshold ramps help make your home safe by easing transitions between surfaces at different heights.
  6. Cordless phones are important. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many homes still have telephones with cords. Cordless phones or using only cell phones means you won’t be confined to one room if you have limited mobility.
  7. Lower the countertops. You may not think about this one very often, but for people who use the kitchen a lot, it’s obvious. Lowering countertops will make life easier for you to cook if you have limited mobility.
  8. Open doors easier. Lowering door knobs or putting automatic openers on your doors can be a huge added convenience.
  9. Install a walk-in tub. Bathrooms can be a dangerous place for anyone due to the slippery surfaces. A walk-in tub allows for an easy transition from wheelchair to tub.
  10. Make stairs safer. Install a stair lift to allow for easy transport up and down stairs in your home to reduce the risk of a fall.

 

If you or a loved one lives with limited mobility, these ten tips can help make life a little simpler at home. If you have questions about the solutions available through EZ-ACCESS, please feel free to contact us.

EZ-ACCESS Selects VGM Forbin as Preferred Web Provider; All Products Verified in Master Catalog

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ALGONA, Wash.- EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products Inc. has selected VGM Forbin of Waterloo, IA as its premier web provider. With this partnership, all EZ-ACCESS products are now fully integrated into VGM Forbin’s Master PowerWeb Catalog and will be showcased as verified products.

EZ-ACCESS and VGM Forbin have worked together since 2014 on a variety of projects, including the EZ-ACCESS website, dealer locator, social media marketing and strategic online marketing campaigns. Naming VGM Forbin, a division of The VGM Group, Inc., as the company’s preferred web provider further confirms the strong and growing partnership between the two companies.

“It’s been exciting for our marketing team to work with all the different departments within VGM Forbin.  Their expertise within the various areas of web development and marketing has completely changed how we manage and use our website.  We are confident that VGM Forbin is the type of company that we can grow with, as they continue to bring creative ideas and products to help us meet the needs of our customers.  Our website remains a valuable tool in our sales and marketing efforts as is our continued partnership with VGM and now VGM Forbin,” said Don Everard, EZ-ACCESS CEO.

The verified products within VGM Forbin’s Master PowerWeb Catalog ensure product images are professional and that product information is accurate. This results in a better user experience for online visitors utilizing any EZ-ACCESS dealer website.  This technological innovation offers peace of mind for EZ-ACCESS dealers ensuring they have the most up-to-date information for all EZ-ACCESS products they carry.

Mobility Industry Veteran Joins EZ-ACCESS© Leadership Team

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Cy Corgan, National Sales Manager, EZ-ACCESS

EZ-ACCESS©, a division of Homecare Products, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Cy Corgan to its Sales Leadership Team.

Corgan will be joining EZ-ACCESS as National Sales Manager reporting directly to David Heinz, Director of Sales/Home Health Care. Corgan’s responsibilities will include managing a field sales team, developing and strengthening relationships with accessibility dealers in the Home Health Care market.

Corgan comes to EZ-ACCESS with over 25 years of service in various medical device industries, and extensive experience in the Home Medical Equipment and E-Commerce categories. This knowledge will be instrumental as EZ-ACCESS expands its Power Access line.

Most recently, Corgan held the position of Director – Strategic Accounts at Pride Mobility Products, Corp., where he successfully increased Pride’s retail and E-Commerce footprint. Corgan holds a BS in Marketing from King’s College and an MBA from the University of Scranton.