Monthly Archives: May 2015

Achieving the ‘Grand Bod’: 3 Senior Exercises for Limited Mobility

senior exercises

This month, you may have heard the term ‘dad bod’, but have you heard of the ‘grand bod’?  In honor of National Senior Fitness Day, the EZ-ACCESS team is focused on the ‘grand bod’ and has come up with 3 exercises to help you get your aging parent or grandparent feeling great this summer!

Seniors with limited mobility often believe they are beyond help when it comes to exercise.  However, just 30 minutes of simple stretching and lifting will aide in mental alertness, stronger bones, healthier metabolism and tight muscles.

Here are 3 senior exercises for limited mobility to get you started:

  1. Stretching – For this exercise, start with the head and then move to the arms and legs. Rotate the head in slow circles to stretch the neck and back.  Then lift arms over the head and slowly drop to the sides.  Finally, lift and lower legs.  Repeat several times to be sure to achieve full stretch throughout the body.
  2. Arms – To work the arms, start with a punching motion and then complete arm circles and arm curls with or without weights.
  3. Legs – When working the legs, kick legs in front of the body and then try to hold legs parallel to the floor for as long as possible. You can also put feet flat to the floor and lift up the heels, then try to push feet through the floor to work the buttocks and top of thighs.

Once these exercises are safely mastered, get your doctor’s ok to gradually introduce light weights starting at 3 pounds and working your way up.  Other options to introduce into your exercise routine include swimming, yoga or tai chi, with deep breathing and medication as a cool down.

The team at EZ-ACCESS deeply cares about the health and safety of your loved ones, which is why we recommend physical activity at any age.  We’re also here to help with all of your accessibility needs.  Explore our residential ramps and see how easy it could be to get you or your loved one out of the house and more active this summer!

6 Things You Need to Start Adaptive Fishing

adaptive fishing

When you became a wheelchair user, did you give up on hobbies such as hunting or fishing?  In the accessibility industry, we have worked with many wheelchair users who believed activities such as fishing were now impossible.  It’s true that you may not be able to reel in the fish in the same way that you did growing up, but we’re here today to encourage you to get back on the lake and tackle your obstacles.  Here are 6 items you may need to get started:

  1. A Disabled Fishing License

For most states throughout the nation, those with disabilities can apply for an annual resident disabled fishing license.  You can find your state’s disabled fishing license application here: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/fishing/disabled-fishing-licenses/

  1. Automated Caster

Depending on your upper body strength, you may enjoy this hands-free power caster which is push-button controlled to cast your line and reel in!

  1. Fishing Pole Holder for Wheelchair

You may simply need a sturdy fishing pole holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair or lawn chair.

  1. Strong Arm Fishing Pole Holder

For added support when holding your fishing pole, try the Strong Arm.

  1. Electric Reel

If reeling in the big catch is a tough task, check out the Elec-tra-mate Reel.  This product allows you to still set the drag, play the fish and feel the fight, but with a little help!

  1. Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Getting your wheelchair to the lake may also be a problem.  The portable wheelchair ramp can help you load your wheelchair into most vans and SUVs and then, help you out of the vehicle and well on your way to the pier or pontoon boat.

For those who don’t have access to a pontoon boat, just head out to the public lake with access pier.  Most public piers are now required to be ADA compliant with 8 feet of width to safely maneuver your wheelchair.

If you have any questions about how to use your portable wheelchair ramp from EZ-ACCESS or other product that may help you get out and enjoy the outdoors more, contact EZ-ACCESS today!

3 Must-Haves for Summer Air Travel with Your Mobility Device

air travel mobility device

Summertime is quickly approaching, which means summer vacations are just around the corner!  Though summertime vacationing is a great way to enjoy the warm summer months, traveling through airports with equipment for those with limited mobility, such as a wheelchair, mobility scooter or a power chair, can quickly become discouraging or frustrating.

EZ-ACCESS wants to make your time traveling through airports a little easier.  The first step in successfully and comfortably flying with limited mobility is being well prepared.  Start with notifying your airline well in advance that you or your loved one will be traveling with a wheelchair, mobility scooter or power chair.  Next, consider these tips when preparing your equipment to fly hassle-free to your destination.

  • Check to make sure your equipment is in good working condition. Be sure to check and double check any power equipment for warn parts or parts that may need to be replaced. Nothing would hinder a great summer vacation more than having unexpected accidents or break downs with your equipment!
  • Pack a small repair kit. After you have checked your equipment and made sure it is in good working condition, it is a safe idea to pack a small repair kit just in case. Minor tools, batteries or portable parts are just some items that you could bring along in your repair kit while on vacation.
  • Label your chair and detachable parts. While traveling through airports and airport security, it will highly benefit you to label your equipment with your name. This will ensure that your chair will be returned to you when you land at your destination.  Also, consider using a gate delivery tag to be extra sure that your equipment will be returned to you when you land.

Once you have landed at your destination, be sure that all transportation arrangements are ready to go so that you can start your vacation as soon as you arrive.  EZ-ACCESS can help you stay prepared with portable ramps and supplies to make your summer vacation the very best that it can be.

 

8 Most Common Disabilities or Limitations of Arthritis

arthritis limitations

What do you think of when you hear the word “disability”?  Many able bodied Americans instantly think of wheelchair users or individuals with prosthetic limbs, but, depending on your diagnoses, disability can mean many different things.  In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month and all our customers out there dealing with arthritis, the team at EZ-ACCESS is diving into the debilitating effects of this autoimmune disease in the United States.

According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study, over 52.5 million American adults are living with arthritis and report a wide range of disabilities or limitations caused by the disease, making it the number one cause for disabilities in the United States.

Here are the most common limitations individuals with arthritis have reported:

  1. Grasping small objects – Of the 52.5 million American adults with arthritis, about 2 million have difficulty grasping small objects. These individuals typically experience stiffness in their fingers or lumps under the skin in their hands.
  2. Reaching above the head – Individuals with this limitation experience difficulty brushing their hair, putting on a shirt or reaching for objects on high shelves.
  3. Sitting for more than 2 hours – Those experiencing this limitation eventually have difficulty sitting for even 20 minutes without their knee or hip getting stiff.
  4. Lifting over 10 pounds – This limitation is found in over 3 million American adults and makes many household chores very difficult to complete.
  5. Climbing a flight of stairs – This task is extremely difficult for individuals dealing with arthritis in their knees, which make up about ten percent of those with arthritis.
  6. Pushing a heavy object – Arthritic inflammation of the hands or wrists make it extremely difficult when pushing or pulling heavy objects.
  7. Walking ¼ of a mile – According to the CDC, 1 in 10 American adults experience this limitation.
  8. Standing for more than 2 hours – This limitation is defined as 2 hours throughout the day and includes activities such as standing in line at the supermarket.

If you or your loved one has difficulties similar to these, encourage them to seek medical attention as many of these symptoms can be treated.  In addition, EZ-ACCESS offers many accessibility solutions that make home entry and mobility easier and safer.  Explore these options at www.ezaccess.com today!

EZ-ACCESS® announces Lifetime Warranty for residential ramps!

Algona, Washington: EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products, Inc. is pleased to introduce a Lifetime Warranty on its entire line of residential ramps. Their new warranty, which goes into effect on May 1, 2015, covers the original purchaser for the life of the product. “EZ-ACCESS ramps are designed to the highest quality standards and are tested for safety and durability. This warranty expansion demonstrates our dedication to the product line and our confidence in its durability,” said Dave Henderson, Product/Brand Manager for the company.

Ramp product lines that are covered under this Lifetime Warranty include GATEWAY Solid Surface Ramps; SUITCASE® Portable Folding Ramps; TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps, Mats, and Plates; and the PATHWAY® Modular Access System.

To view the entire warranty statement online, please go to www.ezaccess.com. Additionally, dealers looking to offer a quick, long-lasting solution to help their customers get around easier and safer are encouraged to contact EZ-ACCESS at 1-800-451-1903 or by visiting the “Become a Dealer” page on their website. All EZ-ACCESS residential ramps are proudly made in the USA.