Monthly Archives: March 2016

How-to Install a Power Door Opener

power door opener

Less than a year ago, we added the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener as well as a few other innovative solutions to our accessibility product family.  The response we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive with customers enjoying the lightweight design, low cost, customization and extremely easy installation.  If you are considering purchasing the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener here is what you need to know:

Door Clearance

Before starting installation, be sure to check the door that you are installing your power door opener to for proper clearance and function.  Some areas to check include:

  1. Door should be in good condition which plumb, square and not warped.
  2. Door should NOT stick to the door jamb.
  3. Door should have standard butt hinges. Doors with springs or flimsy hinges will NOT operate correctly.
  4. At least three inches of clearance is needed above the top of the door.
  5. At least three and a half inches of clearance is needed past the door hinge to allow space for the door to open to 90 degrees with motor attached to top of door.
  6. Door should be within nine feet of a power outlet if using the factory power cord or within 12 feet of the door if using the optional electric strike low voltage wire

Parts Included

With the EZ-ACCESS CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, you will receive the following:

  • 1 motor unit
  • 1 doughnut magnet
  • 6 wood screws
  • 4 binding bolts
  • 1 blank latch plate
  • 1 door stop (If you have a heavy door, you may want to consider purchasing a heavy duty door stop.)

You will also have the option to purchase these items:

  • An electric strike and face plate
  • Wall mounted push pad
  • Wireless keyless entry system
  • Garage door-style transmitter
  • Pendant-style transmitter

Power Door Installation

To install the EZ-ACCESS CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, you’ll be installing each component in this order:

  1. Install Door Stop
  2. Mount Motor Unit and Lever Arm
  3. Optional – Install Electric Strike
  4. Program Receiver
  5. Adjust Settings

Since the power door opener installation instructions differ slightly depending on the model of CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener you are purchasing, visit the following pages for specific installation instructions:

CONCIERGE 23DL (LEFT SWING DOOR MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23DR (RIGHT SWING DOOR MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23JL (LEFT SWING JAMB MOUNT)

CONCIERGE 23JR (RIGHT SWING JAMB MOUNT)

If you’d like to learn more about the CONCIERGE 2300 Residential Power Door Opener, give us a call – we love chatting about this cost-effective, lightweight door opener solution for homeowners!

Why Choose an Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp

aluminum ramp

If you’re in need of adding a wheelchair ramp to your home or business, there are a lot things that you’ll need to consider. If you need one for your home, you’re looking for a ramp that will meet the needs of your specific mobility device. However, if you need one for your business, it needs to cater to multiple devices. Regardless of where the ramp is being used, you want to make sure it’ll last, won’t require a lot of upkeep and won’t keep you busy with constant maintenance.

The good news? EZ-ACCESS has ramp solutions for you: aluminum ramps. When you first think about it, you may think that aluminum ramps aren’t all that different from ones made of plastic or wood. But, what happens when you think about it a little bit more? Aluminum ramps offer advantages that other ramps can’t match.

Durability and Dependability

Making a purchase for an item like a wheelchair ramp isn’t something you want to do repeatedly. Simply put, you want a ramp that’s going to serve your needs every day for a long time. EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps offered unrivaled durability and a surface that is easy to maintain and allows your mobility device to retain traction as you go up and down the ramp. Wood ramps, on the other hand, require continuous maintenance to make sure the wood isn’t rotted, and will need to be replaced more often.

Adjustability

One of the great things about EZ-ACCESS’ aluminum ramps is that they can conform to fit virtually any doorway or entrance. That’s not the case with wood ramps. Once they’re installed, they are difficult to take apart and reconfigure, which often means you’d be better off purchasing a new ramp than trying to make adjustments to the old one.

Aluminum ramps are a great option for your home or business, and EZ-ACCESS has modular aluminum ramps that can be configured to any entrance. Contact us to learn more about the solutions we provide, or use our ramp selector tool to see which ramp will work best for you.

 

Benefits of the HAULWAY Scooter & Power Chair Lift

scooter lift benefits

If you use a mobility device like a mobility scooter or power chair, or you live with someone who does, you know that traveling with mobility devices can be a real hassle. First, you have to make sure the device can fit in your vehicle, then you have to disassemble the device to get it in the vehicle. All of this requires extra time and effort. EZ-ACCESS is here to help save you time and to make traveling easier with a simple solution: the HAULWAY Scooter & Power Chair Lift.

Lifts for Vehicles of All Sizes

There is a belief out there that once you start living with limited mobility, it means your life instantly becomes more expensive. This is especially true when it comes to vehicles, as the common belief is you have to purchase a new vehicle to be compatible with your power chair or mobility scooter. With the HAULWAY Lift, you may not have to change your vehicle, because we have three different lifts that can attach to the rear of a wide range of vehicles.

HAULWAY Lite Scooter & Power Chair Lift

The most lightweight model of the HAULWAY Series, the HAULWAY Lite features a 175-pound capacity to hold your mobility device. The lift weighs itself weighs just 93 pounds and is compatible with vehicles that have either a class II or a class III hitch.

HAULWAY Standard Scooter & Power Chair Lift

Capable of supporting mobility devices that weigh up to 275 pounds, the HAULWAY Standard can carry large 3- or 4-wheel scooters or medium-sized power chairs. Once installed, the lift weighs as little as 90 pounds and fits either class II or class III hitches.

HAULWAY Heavy Duty Scooter & Power Chair Lift

The HAULWAY Heavy Duty is our most rugged lift that can be attached to a vehicle. With a 325-pound weight capacity, it can handle a wide range of mobility devices and has an integrated suspension system with a fully boxed base frame. The lift weighs 107 pounds when installed and works with class II and class III hitches.

EZ-ACCESS believes in providing you with solutions to help make your life easier as you live with limited mobility, whether that’s at home or when you’re traveling. Please contact us to learn more about the accessibility solutions we provide.

10 Ways to Improve Wheelchair Accessibility in your Home

home wheelchair accessibility

As the winter days wind down and the sun starts to stay out for a little bit longer each day (we know, winter is still too long), many of us find ourselves thinking about the spring. One of the best parts about spring is that we get back to doing projects around the house. And while it’s fun to think about spring cleaning projects, or planting some new seeds in the garden, there are several changes you can make that can improve your home’s function by making it accessible to individuals with mobility devices. EZ-ACCESS is here to present you with 10 tips to make your home more accessible.

  1. Add ramps to entrances. The cost of this solution will vary based on the size of the ramp. Regardless of cost, though, ramps are an easy way to make your home accessible without having to do any heavy remodels.
  2. Install a platform lift. For home entrances where a ramp is impractical or difficult to install, a platform lift can be installed to easily lift mobility devices to a desired height.
  3. Remove rugs. While pretty to look at and valuable for decorative purposes, area rugs and throw rugs make it difficult for people in mobility devices to navigate.
  4. Change your flooring surface. While more expensive than removing a rug, getting rid of thick carpet in favor of hardwood or tile will make it much easier for people with limited mobility to get around your home.
  5. Install threshold ramps. Whether they’re being used to go from outdoors to inside or between rooms of your homes, threshold ramps help make your home safe by easing transitions between surfaces at different heights.
  6. Cordless phones are important. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many homes still have telephones with cords. Cordless phones or using only cell phones means you won’t be confined to one room if you have limited mobility.
  7. Lower the countertops. You may not think about this one very often, but for people who use the kitchen a lot, it’s obvious. Lowering countertops will make life easier for you to cook if you have limited mobility.
  8. Open doors easier. Lowering door knobs or putting automatic openers on your doors can be a huge added convenience.
  9. Install a walk-in tub. Bathrooms can be a dangerous place for anyone due to the slippery surfaces. A walk-in tub allows for an easy transition from wheelchair to tub.
  10. Make stairs safer. Install a stair lift to allow for easy transport up and down stairs in your home to reduce the risk of a fall.

 

If you or a loved one lives with limited mobility, these ten tips can help make life a little simpler at home. If you have questions about the solutions available through EZ-ACCESS, please feel free to contact us.

EZ-ACCESS Selects VGM Forbin as Preferred Web Provider; All Products Verified in Master Catalog

ez-access preferred provider forbin

ALGONA, Wash.- EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products Inc. has selected VGM Forbin of Waterloo, IA as its premier web provider. With this partnership, all EZ-ACCESS products are now fully integrated into VGM Forbin’s Master PowerWeb Catalog and will be showcased as verified products.

EZ-ACCESS and VGM Forbin have worked together since 2014 on a variety of projects, including the EZ-ACCESS website, dealer locator, social media marketing and strategic online marketing campaigns. Naming VGM Forbin, a division of The VGM Group, Inc., as the company’s preferred web provider further confirms the strong and growing partnership between the two companies.

“It’s been exciting for our marketing team to work with all the different departments within VGM Forbin.  Their expertise within the various areas of web development and marketing has completely changed how we manage and use our website.  We are confident that VGM Forbin is the type of company that we can grow with, as they continue to bring creative ideas and products to help us meet the needs of our customers.  Our website remains a valuable tool in our sales and marketing efforts as is our continued partnership with VGM and now VGM Forbin,” said Don Everard, EZ-ACCESS CEO.

The verified products within VGM Forbin’s Master PowerWeb Catalog ensure product images are professional and that product information is accurate. This results in a better user experience for online visitors utilizing any EZ-ACCESS dealer website.  This technological innovation offers peace of mind for EZ-ACCESS dealers ensuring they have the most up-to-date information for all EZ-ACCESS products they carry.