Monthly Archives: January 2015

Adding Storage to Your Mobility Device

Don't let your limited mobility stop you from carrying everything you need.

Don’t let your limited mobility stop you from carrying everything you need.

 

Now, more than ever, it feels like we are constantly on the go. Whether your young, old or someone who uses a mobility scooter, wheelchair or power chair, it feels like you have a million things to do and that you never have enough time to do them. EZ-ACCESS wants to help people with limited mobility while they’re on the go. One of the disadvantages of using a wheelchair or mobility scooter is you don’t have a lot of room to carry things. Check out these tips maximize space for your mobility device.

More than Just Armrests

At first glance, wheelchairs and mobility scooters don’t seem to offer much space to store anything other than you in the seat. But there are several ways to give yourself more carrying space with simple attachments. The armrest of your mobility scooter or wheelchair are a great place to add some storage. Adding a tote can give you storage for items like your cell phone and other handy items within an arm’s reach.

Storage in Unexpected Places

It takes some creativity to find places to add storage to your scooter or power chair to let you carry more while on the go. But while you’re sitting in your mobility device pondering where to add storage, you may not realize that your back is resting against another perfect add storage. There are packs designed to fit securely to the back of your device that make it easy to store larger items like blankets, food or magazines.

If you’re using wheelchair or power chair, you can also utilize the space underneath the chair with a carrier to hold some smaller items. The name of the game when looking to add storage to your mobility device is creativity and ingenuity.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you get as much as possible out of the available space on your mobility device. Contact us to find out how we can help you gain some storage space.

Caring for Someone with a Spinal Injury

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

 

Millions of Americans deal with mobility issues every day. Some of these issues are caused by chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes or multiple sclerosis which make it painful to stand or walk for long periods of time. However, other individuals experience mobility issues as a result of injury, and it is becoming more common that these injuries are occurring in people’s spines.

Caring for those that suffer a traumatic injury like a spinal injury is a lot of work. EZ-ACCESS is here to provide a guide to those providing the care to make sure the recovery is successful.

Patience is Key

If you’re providing care to someone who is dealing with a serious spinal injury, it will be essential to remind your patient or loved one that the process is long and slow. The injured person is obviously going to be dealing with physical symptoms, including the loss of mobility, but it’s important to remember that they will also be dealing with psychological side effects. Losing the ability to walk and depending on someone else to help you with tasks that used to require no effort can be a difficult process to go through. Be patient with them and offer support.

Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

It’s common for anyone who suddenly has to become a caregiver to devote all their time into caregiving. The problem with this is you become so focused on caring for your loved one that you forget that you also need to take care of yourself. Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury can bring stress. It’s important for you to recognize sources of stress and give yourself appropriate outlets to deal with the stress. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself to get a break, whether it’s through working out, reading a book, seeing a movie or some other form of relief.

EZ-ACCESS supports all caregivers who give so much to help their loved ones through difficult times. We can help make sure you don’t have to worry about getting your loved one in and out of your home with one of our residential ramps. Contact us or let us help you find a dealer in your area to supply you with an accessibility solution so you can focus on caregiving.

Planning for a Winter Emergency

It's important to be prepared for a winter emergency when the weather is cold and the snow is flying.

It’s important to be prepared for a winter emergency when the weather is cold and the snow is flying.

 

For many of us, it would be great if winter were over after we had finished unwrapping presents for the holidays and opening bottles of champagne to celebrate the New Year. Unfortunately for those of us that feel that way, we still have several months of cold, unpredictable weather ahead of us. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be prepared for the winter should the weather turn nasty, as this is especially important for individuals with limited mobility.

Keep a Supply of Non-Perishable Food

It’s always been true that Mother Nature is fickle and can be unpredictable. During the winter months, you could see a situation where your town is buried under snow that makes travel impossible and creates a winter emergency for several days (just ask Buffalo, New York). If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll be thankful to have items like canned soup, peanut butter and packaged pastas like macaroni & cheese. These are foods that have long shelf lives that will keep you fed until the weather improves. Most of them have the added benefit of being easy to prepare, which is a plus for those with limited mobility.

Have a Plan to Shovel Driveways and Ramps

If you have limited mobility, it’s going to be difficult to get out a shovel to make sure you can get in and out of your home. Finding a friend, family member or neighbor to help clear snow away is going to be essential to ensuring that access points are clear of snow and ice, which can be especially dangerous if they build up on your ramps or lifts that allow access to your home.

The first step in handling any emergency weather situation is being prepared and having a plan of action. EZ-ACCESS has the residential ramps that can make sure you can get in and out of your home, regardless of the weather. Contact us to find out how we can help set one up for you today.

Live Healthy With Limited Mobility

Living healthy with limited mobility isn't as hard as you might think.

Living healthy with limited mobility isn’t as hard as you might think.

 

Welcome to the New Year! We’ve said goodbye to 2014 and welcomed a new year with hope. Millions of people use this time to reflect on how they want to make themselves better in the New Year and set resolutions to try and reach those goals. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to live healthier.

EZ-ACCESS encourages everyone to live healthier, and wants to offer some tips for those who want to get healthy, but have limited mobility. It may take some different thinking, but there’s no reason that the New Year can’t mean a new you.

Exercising With Limited Mobility

Whether you’re in a mobility scooter, wheelchair, power chair or just have trouble moving around because of conditions like arthritis, there are exercises you can do to improve your fitness while seated. With a set of hand-held weights, you can do strength workouts to exercise your arms and chest. We also recommend things like water aerobics or swimming, which lets you improve your cardio fitness and has the added benefit of the water taking pressure off your joints.

Eating Right With Limited Mobility

The beginning of any successful weight-loss is having a balanced diet. This is especially true for those with limited mobility, as those individuals tend to have less energy due to inactivity. This means they have a lower metabolism and their bodies don’t burn calories as easily. Focus on adding protein to your diet through meat and beans, which can give you more energy. Fish meat can be especially beneficial, as it contains protein and Omega-3 fatty acid, which brings several health benefits, including helping lower your risk for heart disease.

Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, EZ-ACCESS wishes you the best of luck. If you’re hoping to improve your health, we can make it easy for you to get to where you need to go with portable ramps that can help you get to the gym or to the grocery store to get healthy food. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you find a mobility solution.