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.
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.
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.