Monthly Archives: October 2014

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.