Monthly Archives: July 2017

Back to School Tips to Make Life Easier

Whether you are headed back to school or have kiddos preparing for another school year, going back means it’s time to buckle down and get serious once again. In order to ace those classes and enjoy the school year a little more, EZ-ACCESS has created a helpful list of tips to assist you in making life a little easier!

Save on Supplies

Save some money on notebooks and pencils during your state’s tax-free weekend. Several states participate in this weekend, which happens to be around the time you need to purchase these school items. There will be great deals already in place so saving some more is an added bonus!

Revamp Your Style

Collect and sell clothing to places where you will get money back such as Plato’s Closet, local hand-me-down stores, or online sites such as eBay. This is a great way to make a few extra bucks to help buy some new clothes for the year!

Use Google Scholar

Scholar.google.com is the place to go when writing all of those papers that will be coming up. The information is reviewed for accuracy and professors will love that you used a scholarly, trusted source.

Remember Your Schedule

Take a picture of your schedule and set it as your lock screen, so you won’t forget which class comes first and where it is. If you’re on a big campus or new to the area, take some time a few days before class starts to tour the place and find your classes so you won’t be late.

Maximize Productivity

It has been proven that listening to classical music or natural sounds such as ocean waves improves your focus and productivity. Play some of those tunes when studying in order to stay on top of your game!

Save on Books

Buy online to save money on your books, or use Amazon Prime Student to get six months free and 50% off your Prime membership the rest of the time you’re a student. This will save you heaps of money over the years!

Ratemyprofessors.com

All students swear by this site! Ratemyprofessors.com is a gold mine for students because they are able to see past comments from those who have already taken the classes they’re looking at with different professors. Using this site allows you to find the fun, interesting, and educating teachers that are available.

We hope these simple tips will make your year of learning a little more fun and a lot easier! If you have any other great back to school tricks, let us know your secrets. For helpful home accessibility hacks, we’ve got what you need. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

Making EZ-ACCESS Products Work for You: Effortless Deliveries

Did you know about 40 million Americans move every year? Whew, that sounds like a lot of work between new furniture, appliances, and other large deliveries. If you’re in the delivery or moving industry, it’s time to put our TRAVERSE™ products to work for you!

TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp: The Walk Ramp is the ideal ramp for your fleet of delivery vehicles! No matter what industry you’re in, from furniture delivery to moving heavy machinery and equipment, this is your star player. This curbside loading ramp allows you to easily load and unload your vehicle with ease and can withstand the rigors of daily use. With long lengths, this ramp provides the ideal inclined surface to get your items into and out of the back of your vehicle.

TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Ramp: If you’re moving equipment out of the back of a vehicle or trailer and you anticipate high-traffic use, the Singlefold Ramp is what you’ve been on the hunt for. It folds up easily and has handles for quick, convenient transportability! This ramp comes in various sizes to meet all of your needs and has a permanent, extruded slip-resistant surface for excellent traction.

TRAVERSE™ Curb Plate: Sometimes overlooked, getting large deliveries over a curb can be an obstacle for even the best mover. With the TRAVERSE Curb Plate, let this hassle be a thing of the past. Set up is a breeze and takes no time at all, freeing up more time to get to the next delivery. When you’re done, tuck it in the back of your vehicle for easy stowing.

It’s time to put our TRAVERSE products to work! If you don’t see the ideal ramp to meet your current needs, use our Ramp Selector to find what will work best for your application.

Designing your Home for Accessibility and Safety

The discussion of assisted living and nursing homes can be stressful and sensitive for all parties involved. It can be a difficult and costly decision to make. In 2016, a private room cost more than $92,378 a year, and with the average stay in a facility sitting a little over two years, the cost for a facility can amount to more than $184,000.

Before making the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home, consider home modification to allow them to stay within the comfort of their home. Actually, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. If you’re looking to make your or a loved one’s home adequately equipped so they can age in place, let us be your guide for things to consider as you look to make home modifications.

 Safety: The first step in the home modification process is to take a look at the safety of the home and recognize potential safety hazards. Can they move around without any tripping hazards? If there are doorways in the home that may have a lip, ledge, or step, consider using a TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp.

 Accessibility: Will you or your loved one be able to enter or exit the home? If there are multiple steps leading up to the home, our PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution for eliminating those hazardous heights. Don’t forget about the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener, which automatically opens and closes the front door with a push of a button so that those using a walker, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or power mobility device can easily get in and out of the doorway.

 Adaptability: The process of modifying a home is all about adapting to meet you or a loved one’s needs. Adding accessories to make their life easier is the key. If they’re using a walker or wheelchair add a tote or basket liner. Bathing and using the restroom can present certain challenges too. Our TILT® Toilet Incline Lift can help those who struggle with getting up from the seated position.

Beyond the cost benefits, allowing you or your loved one to age in their own home provides a little more comfort, independence, and safety. To learn how EZ-ACCESS products can help your home modification process, visit our residential page.

Easily Accessible National Parks to Visit

The National Park Service is committed more than ever to making facilities and programs accessible for visitors. If you or your loved one is a nature lover but have trouble getting around, then you will love this list of easily accessible national parks EZ-ACCESS has compiled!

Yosemite National Park – California

Mighty waterfalls, towering sequoias, and grand granite formations are the wondrous features of this park. Yosemite officials have done a great job at making it more accessible over the years by adding shuttle buses that take you to the popular sites along with having many trails that are wheelchair and scooter navigable.

Grand Canyon National Park –Arizona

The overwhelming size of this natural beauty can be seen by all with its flat, wheelchair accessible trails. There are even many wide, paved paths that will allow you to get close to the canyon and take in the magnitude of the site.

Olympic National Park – Washington

Encompassing nearly a million acres, this park contains an extreme diversity of wildlife and vast amounts of wilderness encasing glacier-capped mountains and lush rain forests. There is a 6-mile trail which is made of hard packed dirt and crushed granite which allows for a very manageable tour of Mother Nature’s beauty. 

Zion National Park – Utah

Massive sandstone cliffs soar sky high into the bright blue sky with a wide array of plants and animals that add to the wilderness. A free shuttle bus, which is wheelchair accessible, transports you up and down the canyon with several unrestrictive sites along the way.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

The world’s first national park features colorful hot springs, large geysers, and towering mountains that will give you a breathtaking view of the great outdoors. Long paved trail winds around Old Faithful to give everyone a chance to see the spectacular site. The visitor centers also offer a few loaner wheelchairs along with placed benches near the front of the geyser.

These national parks are extraordinary sites that feature marvelous views you won’t forget. We hope that you travel to one of these easily accessible locations to take in the stunning scenes offered by Mother Nature. Contact us if you need a new piece of equipment to help you explore the wilderness. We’d be happy to help!