Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Importance of Fruits & Vegetables

healthy fruits

You may have hated them as a child, but fruits and veggies are making a comeback this month! For National Fruit and Vegetable Month, EZ-ACCESS is showcasing some key reasons why these delicious foods should be an essential part of your diet.

  • Fight Weight Gain

Staying active as a wheelchair user is often a common concern. Along with your current physical activities, eating a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables each day can help you to fight potential weight gain. Try recipes like caramelized carrots, ratatouille, and creamed spinach to get your taste buds started.

  • Helps You Hydrate

Hydration is extremely important for wheelchair users, but getting your 8 cups of water a day can sometimes seem like a chore. Adding sliced fruit to your daily water intake can make it more fun and flavorful. Just a few lemon wedges and some strawberries can make the world of a difference. Mix up your water breaks with new & creative combinations.

  • Protect Your Health

Just as the saying goes – an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While eating fruit isn’t a guarantee of any kind, studies have shown that those with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Vitamin C, found in most citrus fruits, also promotes cell growth throughout the body to better heal cuts and scrapes.

The best part about eating fruits and vegetables? Going to the farmers market with your family to select your own fresh picked goods. Let EZ-ACCESS help you break through barriers and increase your mobility with our large offering of products.

How to Keep Employees Safe with Safe Building Access

employee safety

June is National Safety Month, and EZ-ACCESS is here to help show you how to keep your employees safe! Follow these three steps to maintain a secure work environment and avoid costly injuries.

  • Stairs

Make sure all your office steps are clearly visible! and not too small to be overlooked. Tripping over a small step is easily avoidable, but can lead to the worst injuries. If your work place has a hidden gradation, post a sign or other notice to help make employees aware. EZ-ACCESS offers OSHA-compliant stairs that can be easily installed and offer a secure passage for all employees.

  • Entryways

Kick difficult doorway transitions to the curb, and make sure your office entryways offer smooth transitions. EZ-ACCESS offers power door threshold ramps and mats, with many customizable options to make your building entryways easily accessible.

  • Accessibility

With building ADA regulations there are multiple areas of your work place that need to be easily accessible. In addition to a complete site evaluation, check your building for stairs that may need a wheelchair lift or a ramp. At EZ-ACCESS we have the solution for all your accessibility commitments.

We know accidents can happen anytime, but we encourage you to try these three steps to better prevent them. Give us a call at 800-451-1903 to learn more about how to make your workplace ADA compliant, we’ll show you how.

 

Best Safety Tips for the Family Caregiver

caregiver safety

Being a caregiver is no easy feat. With 65 million Americans acting as caregivers each year, we at EZ-ACCESS want to make that task easier for the dedicated individuals that hold that title. This National Safety Month, we’d like to provide some helpful tips and tricks on how to care for your loved ones while also taking care of yourself.

  • Make Minor Adjustments to Your Home

FOR THEM: Safety is your number one priority. Make sure your home is de-cluttered, and all hallways or passages are well lit both day and night. Consider removing any unnecessary rugs to avoid potential trip hazards.

FOR YOU: Add baby-monitors to both your room and the room of the person you’re caring for. This can help maintain supervision even when you’re apart.

  • Treat Each Other with Kindness

FOR THEM: Patience is a virtue – that is no joke. No matter the situation remember to breathe and approach the matter with a clear head. Not only will you communicate better, but by maintaining a level of respect between you and the person you’re caring for, you restore some familiarity in their now more dependent life style.

FOR YOU: Caring for another person day-in and day-out is stressful and labor intensive work. Be sure to take time each day for yourself, to read, relax or just getaway for an hour or two.

  • Have a System

FOR THEM: If the loved one you’re caring for is fighting dementia or other neurological diseases, they may forget or refuse to take their daily medications. Make sure all medication is labeled properly, and separated within an organized weekly pill box.

FOR YOU: Structure your days with designated times for meals, bathings, and naps. By adding some routine into your days you can provide some consistency and familiarity to you both.

For all the accessibility modifications and reliable support you might need, EZ-ACCESS is here to help.

EZ-ACCESS Acquires Phillips Lift Systems & Adds Line of Power Toilet Seat Lifts

ALGONA, WASH. – EZ-ACCESS®, one of the nation’s leaders in providing access to life beyond barriers, has acquired a new product that will expand its growing catalog of accessibility and mobility solutions.

With the acquisition of South Carolina-based Phillips Lift Systems, family-owned EZ-ACCESS will add a line of power toilet seat lifts to its diverse offerings. Phillips Lift Systems, which was headquartered in Pickens, South Carolina, has been a manufacturer of the American-made toilet seat lifts for more than 20 years.

The acquisition is another step in the expansion of EZ-ACCESS’ product lines as part of the company’s mission to meet the needs of the entire accessibility market.

“Over the past 30 years, EZ-ACCESS has made every effort to offer our customers the highest quality and most complete line of residential, portable, threshold, and modular ramps,” said Don Everard, EZ-ACCESS CEO.

“With the acquisition of Phillips Lift Systems, Inc., EZ ACCESS now offers the #1 selling, US-made toilet lift product,” Everard said. “Designed to assist an individual in sitting, standing and stability while toileting, the product offers the ability to return to independence in the bathroom. This lift is a perfect fit to support our growing accessibility product development.”

EZ-ACCESS will move manufacturing of the lifts to its facilities in Algona, WA and Morganfield, KY.  The product will be rebranded and sold under the EZ-ACCESS name of TILT. Release dates to the Home Healthcare market will be announced soon.

EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products Inc., also offers a complete line of American-made
products, which provide all-around solutions for mobility and accessibility. Its residential products include the PATHWAY® Modular Access System, the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift, SUITCASE® Portable Folding Ramps, TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps, Mats and Plates, and GATEWAY™ Portable Wheelchair Ramps.

EZ-ACCESS was founded in 1984 by Glenda Everard and her daughter, Deanne Sandvold. Two years later, EZ-ACCESS introduced aluminum portable ramps to its product line. In 1988, son Don Everard joined the family business, bringing with him marketing expertise. The trio was the driving force behind the expansion of the ramp market, having pioneered the industry through the marketing and manufacturing of EZ-ACCESS portable wheelchair ramps. Today, EZ-ACCESS is one of the world’s leading producers of durable, high-quality mobility, accessibility and personal care accessories.

 

4 Simple Steps to Better Health in Men

mens health

Getting fit takes more than a salad and good intentions. At EZ-ACCESS we realize jumping back into healthy living habits can sometimes be easier said than done. This Men’s Health Month, we’re here to share some simple tips to help you get started.

  • Get outside. Clean air is not only good for your respiratory tract, but for your mind as well. Research shows that spending time in the fresh air increases energy in 90 percent of people. You could even say that stopping and smelling the roses is crucial for your immune system. If flowers are not your cup of tea, you can always go for a hike or a bike ride with your family and friends. There is nothing more energizing than leaving your smartphone at home and “unplugging” for a day.
  • Reduce stress. That evening stroll after work may not only help you stay in shape – but also give you time to reflect and shrink your daily stress. Too much stress can have effects like weight gain, increased anxiety, and lack of sleep, just to name a few. To better cut down on your stress, take one hour each day to do something for yourself, whatever that may be.
  • Stay active. Men between the ages of 50 and 70 can lose 30 percent of their muscle strength. 30 minutes of strength training each day can help you not only retain muscle mass, but also add muscle mass and increase your overall strength.
  • Eat healthy. Maintaining a nutritious diet doesn’t have to make you miss out on flavor. Instead of snacking on those easily accessible sweets, grab some almonds or fruit slices. Eating around 20 almonds gives you a healthy dose of fat and has less than 170 calories. Craving something more substantial? Turkey, chicken or fish can be a delicious substitute to those quick and easy drive through burgers. Try some of these easy recipes to help you get started.

No matter your next fitness goal, EZ-ACCESS is here to help you achieve it. With products for every aspect of accessibility, we’ll show you how to stay active in every lifestyle.