Monthly Archives: April 2015

Best Portable Wheelchair Ramps for Spring Travel

best portable wheelchair ramps

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you are all chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy spring.  But those of you in wheelchairs may be nervous about accessibility issues you may encounter on your spring outings.  The team at EZ-ACCESS understands and wants you to be comfortable leaving the house to enjoy the spring weather, so we’ve come up with several portable ramp solutions that will make most local outdoor destinations safe and accessible.

  1. Suitcase Singlefold AS Ramp

The Suitcase Singlefold Ramp is our lightest and most compact portable ramp option.  Most mobility users can easily carry the ramp sections, which weigh 6 to 15 pounds each, depending on the size of the ramp.  The ramp is available in 2’, 3’, 4’, 5’ and 6’ lengths, with the 5’ and 6’ being suitable for some minivans, crossovers or SUVs.

  • Length 2’ to 6’
  • Weight of each section 6 to 15 pounds
  • Usage – 1 step to some minivans & SUVs
  1. Suitcase Singlefold Ramp

Our Suitcase Singlefold Ramp differs from the Suitcase Singlefold AS Ramp because of its extruded slip-resistant tread and also because it comes in all the same sizes available above as well as a 7’ and 8’ version.  Sizes ranging from 5’ to 8’ are suitable for some minivans with the 8’ design being suitable for 2-3 steps.

  • Length 2’ to 8’
  • Weight 11 to 47 pounds
  • 1 step and some minivans & SUVs
  1. Suitcase Trifold AS Ramp

For the largest portable ramp available, look to the Suitcase Trifold AS Ramp.  This portable ramp goes up to 10’ in length, which can safely provide accessibility for minivans, SUVs and 2-4 steps.

  • Length 5’ to 10’
  • Weight of each section 16 to 30 pounds
  • 2-4 steps and some minivans & SUVs

These portable ramps can all be easily transported in your vehicle and set up with a few easy steps to make most businesses and local outdoor destinations accessible.  To discuss these portable ramp solutions or to find a portable ramp dealer in your area, reach out to the EZ-ACCESS customer service team today!

 

Saving for a Rainy Day: Mobility Ramp Financing Options

ramp financing options

They say April showers bring May flowers so in April we are focusing on the issue of saving for a rainy day.   We know that many of you need better home accessibility, but don’t have the budget to cover it.  In fact, Disabled World reported that about half of all American wheelchair users must navigate steps just to get in and out of their home each day.  This is why our team at EZ-ACCESS has come up with a large variety of ramp funding options.

Visit our Funding Sources page and read on to get an overview of funding options that may work for you:

Private Organizations

Private organizations are a great place to start when you’re looking for home accessibility funding.  Depending on your diagnoses, you could look into the National United Cerebral Palsy Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Muscular Dystrophy Association and more.

Local Programs

Local communities also offer great funding for home accessibility.  Check with your local government, church or community organization to see if they offer a special home program or volunteer project for local low income families.

Bank Funding

If you have a great relationship with your local bank, you may want to explore options in a second mortgage, home equity loan or reverse mortgage.  Simply, contact your bank and weigh your options.

Insurance

We realize Medicare doesn’t typically cover mobility ramps.  However, some private insurance plans do cover home accessibility products and home modification.  Contact your insurance agent to check into this.

Tax Deductible

One final area to look into is tax deductions.  As a homeowner, you can take advantage of tax deductions for certain home modifications as capital expenses with the main purpose of medical care for you, your spouse or your dependent.  Read more about tax-deductible accessible home modifications.

Do you have any suggestions for ramp funding programs that you’d like us to add to our Funding Sources page?  We’d love to hear your suggestions!  Share funding ideas on the EZ-ACCESS Facebook page or submit your ideas through our contact us page today.

 

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2

home safety evaluation

In honor of April Fool’s Day, we started this two-part series on home safety evaluations.  In the previous blog post, we covered home safety evaluations for the entryway, floor and electrical.  If you’re visiting this page from the previous post, read on to continue your home evaluation with kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!

Kitchen

When evaluating the kitchen, keep in mind that most kitchen injuries are caused by reaching for something.  Look at how your loved one will access and operate common appliances like the fridge, microwave and stove.  Controls placed at the front of the stove prevent your loved one from reaching over burners.  Also, take a look at the ventilation in the kitchen.  Poor ventilation can lead to kitchen fires.

The next step in the kitchen is to review countertops.  Are countertops at the right height to allow your loved one to complete their tasks?  Do you have the most commonly used items on the countertop to avoid lifting and carrying?  Are utensils easy to grab without moving around the kitchen?  Check for all of these items when examining the kitchen.

Bathroom

According to the National Institute on Aging, 80 percent of falls each year in seniors over age 65 occur in the bathroom, making this one of the most important rooms you will evaluate today.  Just like rugs, you’ll need to make sure bathroom mats are secure to the floor, and just like the kitchen countertops, make sure all commonly used items are easily reachable.  You’ll also want to examine the tub and toilet areas to be sure there are enough grab bars and proper footing.

Basic Maintenance

Basic maintenance is another commonly missed issue.  Many falls in the home occur because the individual is trying to change a light bulb or complete other standard home maintenance.  The easy fix for this is to make sure your loved one has a sturdy stepladder.

For more on home accessible solutions and proper home evaluations, reach out to our EZ-ACCESS customer service team.  Our customer service representatives are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to home accessibility and would be happy to offer advice or connect you with a home accessibility expert in your area!

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 1

home accessibility evaluation

Happy April Fool’s Day!  We, at EZ-ACCESS, are taking this opportunity to remind you that accessible home safety is no joking matter.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released statistics stating “one in three adults aged 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of these falls lead to moderate or severe injuries” so take action now.  Evaluate your home or the home of your aging loved ones for safety concerns and get these issues address immediately.

Here are a few tips for evaluating a home today:

Home Entryways

For entryways, you are focused completely on what it takes to get into the home safely.  Take a close look at how well lit the entrance is, how easy it is to get to the front door, how easily can the individual unlock and use the door handle and what the welcome mat situation is.  A common hazard we come across is welcome mats that easily shift around, making them easy to trip on.

Inside the entryway, predict what your loved one will be doing.  If they take off their shoes and hang up their coat, evaluate how they can safely do this.  You may consider adding a sturdy bench.

Concerned with your home entry?  Check out EZ-ACCESS’ line of door threshold ramps for smaller transitions, semi-permanent ramps or wheelchair lifts for higher entry solutions.

Floors

Just the floor alone can be highly dangerous.  If your home has wood or tiled flooring, the surface can often be slick, and if you’ve placed throw rugs or mats down, go ahead and call the ambulance.   When it comes to rugs or mats, either use adhesive strips to stick them to the floor or remove them entirely.  For carpeting, make sure the carpet is in good shape and not balling up or rolling in areas.

Electrical

While you are down evaluating the floor, make sure to check the outlets, cords and extension cords.  We typically discourage the use of extension cords or cords running under walkways as these can be dangerous tripping hazards.  If you’re willing do a little electrical work on the home, consider installing outlets at mid-room level for easy access, less bending and less cord hazards.

Also, use this time to evaluate the indoor lighting.  Check that hallways and doors are well lit, and that light switches are accessible and easy for your loved one to use.

Continue walking through your accessible home evaluation by reading our next blog post “Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2,” covering kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!