Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mobility Industry Veteran Joins EZ-ACCESS© Leadership Team

Cy Corgan EZ-ACCESS

Cy Corgan, National Sales Manager, EZ-ACCESS

EZ-ACCESS©, a division of Homecare Products, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Cy Corgan to its Sales Leadership Team.

Corgan will be joining EZ-ACCESS as National Sales Manager reporting directly to David Heinz, Director of Sales/Home Health Care. Corgan’s responsibilities will include managing a field sales team, developing and strengthening relationships with accessibility dealers in the Home Health Care market.

Corgan comes to EZ-ACCESS with over 25 years of service in various medical device industries, and extensive experience in the Home Medical Equipment and E-Commerce categories. This knowledge will be instrumental as EZ-ACCESS expands its Power Access line.

Most recently, Corgan held the position of Director – Strategic Accounts at Pride Mobility Products, Corp., where he successfully increased Pride’s retail and E-Commerce footprint. Corgan holds a BS in Marketing from King’s College and an MBA from the University of Scranton.

 

 

Wood vs. Aluminum: Why Aluminum Ramps Rock in 2016

wooden vs aluminum

For years, businesses and homes alike depended on wooden ramps to provide equal access for all. Subtly meshing with their environment and even adding warmth to the landscape, these ramps allowed mobility devices to tackle porches, stairs, and uneven thresholds with ease. However, as innovations in ramp technology have ushered in new materials and systems, wooden ramps are becoming a thing of the past. Their benefits pale in comparison to their detriments, a list that seems to grow over time. Some key points to consider before investing in this older option:

  • Built for a very specific fit; not conducive to moving around the property or to another house
  • Requires tools like saws and screwdrivers to imbed hardware like screws, nails, and bolts
  • Require routine maintenance to prevent and treat rot
  • Must apply grip tape to weatherproof surface and prevent slips
  • Susceptible to warping due to moisture from humidity, rain, and snow, as well as cracking from overexposure to sun and heat
  • Combined costs of contractor, building permit, manual labor, and supplies add up
  • Expected life span of three to five years
  • Reduces property value

It’s a lot to juggle.

Consider, however, a more manageable option that provides the same – if not enhanced – accessibility. Made of durable aluminum, the Pathway Modular Access System provides complete home accessibility to fit your needs. Compare a life with aluminum to one with wood and decide for yourself:

  • Less expensive
  • Speedy set-up
  • Customizable; can add and subtract ramps, stairs, platforms, and railings as needed
  • Easily transportable in the event of a house relocation
  • No building permits required
  • Low maintenance
  • Special metallic blend protects material from the elements
  • Durable, long-lasting solution

EZ-ACCESS is committed to providing access to life beyond barriers, and we’re dedicated to helping connect you with the easiest, most durable solution to fit your home and your needs. If you have questions after consulting our online catalog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-451-1903 for expert assistance.

Why We LOVE the HAULWAY Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift

haulway chair lift

We tried, but we can’t hold it back:

We’re in love.

We’re in head over heels, heart pounding, makes-you-loopy love with the HAULWAY Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift! Rather than keeping it to ourselves, we want to share exactly why this lift makes the perfect partner for your mobility device:

  • It’s adaptable: Whether it’s a medium-sized scooter or a four-wheeled complex power chair, HAULWAY Standard won’t discriminate with its care. Holding weight capacities up to 275 pounds, it can accommodate a range of mobility devices. It’s ready to flex to your needs, with the addition of the optional Swingaway installation, which allows total access to your vehicle’s tailgate, rear door, and cargo area with utter ease.
  • It’s all about offering support: This love is built on security. The hold-down arm eliminates the need for cumbersome straps or rope, locking your mobility chair in place while on the move, and a full boxed frame offers added protection and peace of mind as it protects your precious cargo. Like a giant hug, the integrated suspension system even keeps your chair snugly in place to protect it from bumps in the road.
  • It’s there for you when and how you need it: Van? SUV? Truck? Take your pick. It works in tandem with any vehicle capable of supporting a Hitch Class level II or III, opening the door for easy transport adventures.
  • It picks up after itself: Talk about low maintenance. HAULWAY automatically folds up when not in use, neatly packing itself up out of your way without being told. With a quick turn of a key, the lift raises and lowers your mobility device with an automatic tilt to protect the safety of both you and your chair.
  • It’s in it for the long-term: Made with durable materials to withstand the toughest of storms, HAULWAY isn’t prepared to flake on you anytime soon. However, it comes with a three-year limited warranty to protect your purchase from life’s curveballs.

If you’re not feeling the love, HAULWAY offers other chair lift options to help you find The One. Let a representative at EZ-ACCESS know how they can play matchmaker to find the perfect accessibility product for you today!

Question to Ask When Choosing a Home Ramp

questions home ramp

A porch, a step or two, an uneven threshold – the smallest features can be the biggest barriers to accessibility for mobility devices. A home ramp can make your house an accessible safe haven for you and caregivers alike, and the options for assistance seem endless. As you search for the best-fit ramp for your home and needs, let these questions from EZ-ACCESS guide you:

  1. What mobility device am I accommodating? From temporary manual wheelchairs to three-wheeled scooters to four-wheeled complex power chairs, assistive mobility devices run the gamut. Ramps differ in material, weight capacity, and function, so begin your search with a list of your mobility device’s specifications handy to find the best fit ramp.
  2. Is this a long-term living situation? If your living arrangement looks stable for at least another year, investing in a free-standing ramp is your best option. Aluminum ramps are more durable and customizable than wooden options, and they’re more easily packed up in the event of a move. But, if a move to a more accessible home or assisted living facility is in the near future, a portable option might be enough to support you during the transition. Designed for transport, portable ramps are lightweight, foldable, and cost-efficient options that allow you to maneuver over thresholds and into vehicles with equal ease.
  3. Do I have assistance from a partner? If a caregiver is capable of helping you in and out of the house as needed, a portable ramp may suffice. However, if you live alone or if your caregiver isn’t physically capable of placing and removing a ramp as you come and go, a free-standing solution offers ease and peace of mind for both you and your partner.
  4. Is the surface safe? Rain and snow can create hazardous conditions for you or your caregiver as you’re propelled up a slope. A non-slip surface is a must for safety. Make sure your ramp’s design features either grooved surfaces or grip strips to provide traction as you go.
  5. How long should it be? A ramp that’s too short creates an incline that’s near impossibly to tackle. To check whether your selected ramp can cover your needs, take three measurements: the vertical rise from ground to threshold, the distance between the highest point and farthest and clearest point on your path, and the width of the desired location. Aim for a ramp incline ratio of 1:12 (one inch of height for every twelve inches of length.). Try the EZ-ACCESS Incline Calculator for an easy assessment.

Our professionals at EZ-ACCESS are trained and ready to walk you through the ramp selection process, whether it’s your first time or your fifth. Let us know how we can help!

 

Navigate Beaches With Ease This Spring Break

wheelchair beaches

After a winter of shaking and shivering, a spring getaway to warmer weather is an ideal way to unthaw. Although beaches offer the toasty temperatures you’ve been dreaming about, the sandy terrain might seem like a barrier between the promise of sun and your mobility device. EZ-ACCESS strives to help you find accessible options to seize each day, and we suggest the following fair-weather tips to squeeze the most out of your beachside spring break:

  • Research accessible beaches: More and more, beachy tourist destinations are revamping to accommodate mobility devices. Look for beaches that feature paved walking paths around the perimeter and boardwalks that extend into the sand from adjacent parking lots. Also, consider the set-up of restrooms and changing houses to ensure a smooth outing.
  • Look into beach wheelchairs: Sand and uneven ground creates a hassle when navigating your daily wheelchair around the beach. With oversized tires and breathable mesh seating, beach wheelchairs are designed to help you tackle the sand with ease. Check with your beach’s lifeguard station or your hotel’s concierge to see if they have a few for paid or free rental, or ask around at beachside storefronts.
  • Bring tarps: If a beach wheelchair isn’t an option, pack a few durable tarps or mats for your outing. When laid out, the barrier between sand and wheels creates a runway to get you from parking lot to sandy spot with less difficulty. Bringing two tarps allows you to station your chair on one surface while the other is placed in front of you, creating a rotation for an adjustable path.
  • Wear a floatation belt: When you want to cool off in the waves, your caregiver can give you a hand maneuvering from sitting in your chair to sitting in shallow waters. Wearing a flotation belt discreetly offers back support while you sit and a layer of safety in the event of tipping for those with weak muscle control.
  • Take advantage of nearby shops: Escaping out of the midday sun and into nearby shops is part of a successful day at the beach. Visit restaurants outside of peak meal hours to avoid the hubbub of tourists, and look for restaurants that offer sidewalk and other outdoor seating options to enjoy the breeze outside of hard-to-navigate indoor seating layouts.

As you travel, transporting your mobility chair doesn’t need to be a hassle. Our line of SUITCASE portable wheelchair ramps offer portable, lightweight solutions to rolling your mobility device in and out of your vehicle with ease so you can zip from the parking lot to the beach in no time. Questions? Let us know!