Monthly Archives: December 2014

Interacting With People With Limited Mobility

There are millions of people with limited mobility, but many of us are unsure about how to interact with them.

There are millions of people with limited mobility, but many of us are unsure about how to interact with them.

We see, hear, and read about individuals with limited mobility all the time. However, we don’t often educate ourselves on the best way to communicate with someone who uses a wheelchair or mobility scooter. While you should talk to them just as you do everyone else, EZ-ACCESS wants you to know there are things you need to consider when interacting with someone who has limited mobility.

It is always important to respect the personal space of those around you and this includes an individual using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Don’t push someone’s wheelchair unless they ask you to. Some people may take offense to this gesture while others may be grateful. If you are talking to someone in a wheelchair for a long period of time, take a seat or kneel down so they don’t have to crane their neck throughout the entire conversation in order to see you.

Never park in handicapped parking spaces. Parking in a space designated as accessible for those with limited mobility is not only selfish, it’s illegal. Accessible parking spaces are very valuable and forcing someone using a wheelchair to park far away from the door is rude and a major inconvenience.

It is important that you do not just see a disability when you look at an individual. Everybody has different abilities but each person is still who they are. Individuals are not defined by the challenges they may or may not face. Interact with each person based on their thoughts and feelings instead. Individuals living with limited mobility do not want to talk about it all the time. This is not the sole thing that makes them who they are and they are not looking for your pity.

All people, no matter what their abilities are, have something to contribute and deserve to be treated with respect.  It is important to understand that, and try to find knowledge about things you aren’t sure about. EZ-ACCESS understands that seniors and individuals with disabilities live independent and mobile lifestyles. We work to provide these individuals and their families with the proper knowledge and equipment to live an active life.

Give Back to a Veteran This Christmas

Learn how you can donate to help our veterans have a good holiday

Learn how you can donate to help our veterans have a good holiday

Christmas is the season of giving! Who better to give back to than our nation’s heroes who have sacrificed so much for us? The holidays are a great time of year to show our veterans how much we appreciate them for their service. If you are looking for a way to help a veteran this holiday season, EZ-ACCESS has a few suggestions for you.

Volunteer at your local Veterans Affairs location

Veterans Affairs (VA) residential homes or hospitals usually have older veterans who are either hospitalized or living alone in a residential center. Paying a visit to a few veterans could brighten their holiday. Most care centers also have fundraisers and events where you can volunteer. Contact your local VA office to find out how you can best provide your time and resources.

Help a military family

The holidays can be an especially tough time for the families of our military. There are different organizations such as Operation Christmas Spirit and Thank Military Families that have adopt-a-family programs. Military families submit Christmas wish lists and the donors who adopt the family help purchase the items from their list. There are also programs like Toys for Tots and Operation Home Front that ensure children of military personnel receive gifts each Christmas.

Make a donation

Many veteran organizations accept donations of clothing, furniture, household items, airline miles, bonds, and more year-round. Cars for Veterans is a unique program that accepts both running and non-running vehicle donations to help fund different veteran programs. Organizations such as American Legion, USO, Honor Flight Network and Veterans of Foreign Wars are also admirable causes to donate to. These programs depend on the generosity of others to thrive and help veterans live the life of dignity that they deserve.

Donating your time or money can make this holiday season one to remember for a veteran. Many may not have family surrounding them and could just use a companion or a little extra help. Celebrate the giving spirit of the season and help a veteran this Christmas.

EZ-ACCESS strives to help and serve our veterans with our products and services every day. Thank you to all who have served and sacrificed for our country. We want to wish our veterans and customers alike a very happy holiday!

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.