Monthly Archives: September 2016

4 Ways Someone with a Disability Can Benefit from Having a Pet

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National Dog Week has been observed the last full week of September for the past 87 years, celebrating what dogs mean to people and our society. Dogs, as well as many other pets, can provide a more fulfilling life to many. Not only are they wonderful companions, but they can help meet the needs of individuals living with a disability. We’ve compiled a list of four ways a carefully chosen pet can provide extra benefits:

Natural Companion
There is power in the relationship between a pet and their owner. Pet owners tend to be less lonely and receive much needed affection from their pet. This bond can lend itself to more social interaction and less isolation as well. Animals in public tend to be a social magnet, creating a means for daily interaction with other people, which otherwise could be uncomfortable.

Motivation and Learning
Owners push themselves to strive harder for their pet. Pets provide a means for exercise, whether it be grooming, training or simply playing fetch and other games. In addition, pets increase mind stimulation; they promote curiosity and exploration.

Emotional Support
Often a person with a disability hides difficult emotions and pain they are dealing with inside them, but a pet gives an unconditional love that provides stability. A successful relationship with a pet boosts confidence and fosters a positive mood. A pet could be the difference between a good and bad day.

Service
Pets can act as guardians to their companions. They reassure their owner’s comfort with being alone. Pets can be trained to assist if fallen or alert help if necessary. A pet can increase self-sufficiency and promote freedom. It’s like having a personal assistant 24 hours a day!

Dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a disability can be made more bearable with the assistance of a pet. Pets can lessen the feelings of isolation, lack of motivation, and dependency. Join the team here at EZ-ACCESS in celebrating National Dog Week and show your thanks for all the canine companions you know!

Top Wheelchair Safety Tips for Fall Outdoor Activities

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As fall approaches, daytime temperatures decrease and trees begin to shed their leaves. These crisp fall days make for some of the best outdoor activities. Don’t let your wheelchair stop you from taking advantage of the season! The team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help with a few outdoor wheelchair safety tips:

Preparing for the Weather
Be sure to check the weather in your area before heading for your fall outing. Keep your eye in the sky, but also on the surface your navigating. Precipitation of any kind will make the ground you are traveling slick and prone to slipping. Remember that when using ramps, a wet surface makes uphill wheeling difficult and downhill wheeling dangerous. Most importantly, take your time.

Balancing Off-Road Surfaces
When participating in fall festivities outdoors, thicker tires work better for traversing difficult terrain. Be cautious of potholes, large rocks, and sandy areas. These hazards create an imbalance for your wheelchair. As soon as you are over the off-road surface, clean off your tires to avoid unwanted tipping or spinning.

Navigating Nighttime
Making yourself visible is the number one priority, especially in parking lots or along roadways. Keep in mind, a dimly lit wheelchair shape is unexpected for motorists, thus their response time to your presence is delayed.  Be proactive by attaching lights or reflectors to your chair before heading out on any fall excursions that may carry into the night.

Keep in mind, EZ-ACCESS can provide many wheelchair accessories to make your excursion even easier such as chair packs and covers, and welcome the fall season safely by following these tips!

Comparing Aluminum and Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

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For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for custom carpentry to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, the team at EZ-ACCESS will walk you through a fair comparison of aluminum ramps and wooden ramps:

  • Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
  • Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to maintain their appearance and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
  • Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. The construction process typically lasts two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
  • Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping, in addition to any staining or waterproofing materials.
  • Maneuverability—Once built, a wooden ramp is not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure.

Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues you may experience with wooden ramps. For example:

  • Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
  • They’re low maintenance, simply needing the occasional spray washing for cleanliness.
  • They can be installed in less than a day.
  • They are traditionally a more affordable option and are better for the environment.
  • They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

Now that you know the facts, check out the best and most versatile aluminum wheelchair ramp on the market – the Pathway Modular Access System!

Best in the Industry: Everyone’s Raving About the EZ-ACCESS Suitcase® Ramps

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The Suitcase Ramp collection is specifically designed for people who need immediate, secure access, no matter the situation. Because of its sleek, light-weight design and easy-to-carry handles, people are raving about this ramp!

Check out what actual customers have said about the Suitcase® Ramps:

Sturdy and Secure

“This ramp is extremely well built: extruded aluminum ramp sections, the welds, the hinges etc. I’m a retired engineer, and I would recommend this product to anybody. Did I mention that this product is proudly MADE IN USA?”
– Anonymous

“It is sturdy and well-made and accommodates my husband’s 407.4 lb. power chair with ease. Plus being in two parts, I am able to manage it by myself a half at a time.”
– C.J.

Versatile Use

“I am in the live sound biz and use this ramp for unloading heavy pro sound equipment, sometimes I have to bridge the back of the truck to a stage or bridge a stair case. This is a very solid and safe way to load and unload gear. Folds up fast and stores in the truck easily.”
– Jim B.

“I actually bought this ramp for my aging dog and it is helping her tremendously. However, over the weekend, two of my friends carried an extremely heavy piece of furniture up the ramp (I’m guessing about 700 lbs. of total weight) and the ramp performed beautifully! I would highly recommend.”
– Anonymous

Easy and Convenient

“This has been a real improvement for dealing with my ailing parent, I am able to get her in and out of the house a lot easier and with more confidence since we have this sturdy ramp to bridge the steep step. Handy suitcase style design is just the thing to make this even more portable.”
– Willa W.

“This is a well USA made product. My father is currently using a wheelchair and I needed help in getting the wheelchair down the stairs…this product was my solution. Because it is portable, we are still able to use the stairs and when it is fully folded; it does not take a lot of room. I highly recommend this product.”
– Frances M.

The team here at EZ-ACCESS prides itself on helping customers find solutions to combat their daily access challenges. We’re proud to say our line of Suitcase® Ramps do just that!