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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!

How to Make Travel a Breeze this Summer

It’s the time for sunscreen, sunshine and some plain, old summer fun! If you’re looking for travel ideas or tips to make sure all your summer adventures in your wheelchair go off without a hitch, you’ve come to the right place! Next time you’re planning a trip or packing for one take these tips into consideration!

Cruises: While some cruises are more accessible than others, they are said to be some of the most wheelchair friendly vacation options. Cruise ships sailing in and out of U.S. waters should be ADA compliant and ships are so large now room to get around shouldn’t be an issue. Some of the best cruise lines to look at include Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, and Holland America.

Hotels: Shop around when looking for the right hotel. Once you’ve found a few you like give them a call to discuss their amenities, accessibility and any other information you may require. Even if you’ve booked a room requesting a roll-in shower or any other amenities, be sure to follow up a few days before your trip to confirm your room is equipped for your needs.

Flying: One way to reduce travel stress is to book flights with longer layovers. This allows for more time to get to gates or to reassemble any equipment. If your chair does need to be disassembled to enter the aircraft attach directions so the crew can understand and help simplify the process.

General: If you’re traveling via car or van always ensure maintenance is completed before you embark on your road trip! The best tip of all is to plan ahead – you can never be too prepared for your trip in land, air or sea!

Reduce Recovery Time with these Tips

Equipping your home with all the proper tools before you leave to go in for your knee or hip surgery will not only give you peace of mind but can also aid in recovery time. The last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to get into your home or how you’ll bathe during the healing process so here are a few tips to you to get you started. Consult your doctor to fully understand all the equipment and tools necessary for an optimal recovery.

If you’ll be using a walker to help you get around try one of our EZ-ACCESSORIES Walker Carryon to keep all the necessities near as you get around your house. Mount it on the side, or in the front, the deep pockets will allow you to carry your cell phone, TV remotes, and even beverages, keeping everything within arm’s reach.

If you’re healing from knee surgery you’re not going to want be going up and down, especially when using the restroom. Make the transition easier with the TILT Toilet Incline Lift. With quick and easy installation, this heavy duty lift chair can make your bathroom experience one of ease and comfort.

One thing that should not be overlooked is the entry into your home. If you’re using a walker, crutches or a wheelchair, a TRANSITIONS Modular Entry Mat is just what you’re looking for. Don’t worry about taking the step up when using this mat. It lays flush to any entry, can be trimmed down to fit any height and is made of heavy-duty rubber for a nonslip surface.

Don’t let bathing be a hassle! Any of our EZ-BATHING accessories can make even the most challenging task simple. Between the EZ-SHAMPOO Hair Washing Tray or the EZ-BATHING Universal Bather which can hook on to any bathing chair or shower wall and keeps all your necessities close, you’ll be able to stay squeaky clean!

Other things to think about as you come home to recover is clearing all the walkways from tripping hazards including rugs, power cords and uneven flooring. If your bedroom is upstairs, it would be a good idea to make arrangements to be downstairs during the recovery process. While you’re at it make sure your bed is low enough to get in and out of. Most importantly, ask for help during this recovery period. The more preparation and help you have the better and quicker recovery can be!

Must Try Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer is in full swing and with the kids out of school, you’ll need some healthy recipes to keep them and you strong and active this summer.  That’s why we compiled this list of mouthwatering summer recipes that are nutritious, but still tasty!

Squash Pizza: Abundant zucchini and squash mixed together with pizza is a surefire way to put a smile on your loved one’s face!

Grilled Eggplant Panini: Cook up these creamy and rich eggplant Paninis as an easy summertime lunch for the family!  Using whole-grain bread will add just another emphasis on the healthy aspect of the sandwich.

Triple Berry Salad: Plump berries, tangy goat cheese, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds…say no more!  You will love this healthy, fresh summer salad that will give you a boost of energy to get through this summer’s festivities.

Pasta Primavera: For all the pasta lovers out there, this is the yummy but light dish for you!  We love how these crisp vegetables bring bright colors into this refreshing meal.

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles: These refreshing, lemony popsicles will cool you down during this summer!  Don’t skip out on the graham cracker crumbs because they definitely make this recipe special!

Salmon Burgers: Try this lighter, healthier take on a burger that will make your taste buds burst!  This quick recipe will be great to make for your family when you’re getting ready to go to baseball tournaments this summer.

Banana Split Kabobs: These easy to make kabobs will put a smile on everyone’s face. Feel free to add other healthy items to make this recipe your own sweet summer treat!

Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken: This grilled chicken recipe comes with a fruity salsa mix that brightens up this meal! The sweet flavors will leave your family wanting more and asking when you’ll be making it again.

Burrito Bowls: Let your kids have fun and be creative by getting to throw any of the healthy items you set out into their own burrito bowl. This is a recipe you can feel good about, even if you add extra guacamole.

Triple Berry Crisp: This warm berry crisp will make your mouth water. Find some summer berries and throw them together with a couple extra ingredients to make this sweet delight!

Try making a few of these and let us know which one of these nourishing delights was your favorite, or tell us one of your healthy summer recipes that you like to make. We’d love to hear what delicacies you create!

Avoid These Common Sunscreen Mistakes

The days are finally warm and sunny, and more people are headed outside to take advantage of the good weather. While sunshine has many positive effects on your mental and physical health, too much of it can be bad for you. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America, and here at EZ-ACCESS we have committed to putting up a fight against it and all other types of cancer (see our previous blog about Relay for Life). Because of that, we would like to offer the following tips for proper sunscreen use:

Don’t use expired sunscreen.

Waste not, want not, right? In the case of sunscreen, nothing could be further from the truth. Rather than reusing that half-empty bottle from last year, examine the date closely. If it’s expired, throw it out because the active ingredients may no longer work and offer no protection at all.

Keep it cool.

Another thing that can kill the active ingredients in sunscreen is if the bottle becomes too hot. So if you’re playing outside all day, keep the sunscreen in the shade or in the cooler with any drinks you brought along.

Reapply it throughout the day.

Once every two hours, take a short break from your activities and reapply your sunscreen. Even the strongest SPF will wear off around that time. In fact, your sunscreen will become ineffective even quicker if you’re in the water or sweating.

Relying on the sunscreen in your makeup.

Many facial lotions and foundations come with a small amount of sunscreen, which is good. However, both of these tend to wear off throughout the day. Another thing to keep in mind is that most makeup includes a lower SPF, so it’s not as potent as something you would apply on your body during a day of swimming.

At EZ-ACCESS, we believe in safety first—and your skin is your body’s first defense! Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the summer months and be watchful for the symptoms of skin cancer.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Here’s What You Should Know.

Did you know that on average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes? While stroke survival rates are high, the CDC states that it is one of the top causes of long-term disability in the United States.

Here at EZ-ACCESS, we want to make sure that everyone is able to live happier, healthier lives. That’s why we’re going to talk about some of the risk factors that increase your chance of having a stroke, as well as how you can intervene if you think someone is having a stroke!

A number of the risk factors for a stroke come from lifestyle choices that can be changed, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Too much LDL cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity

A high percentage of Americans fall into one of these risk categories. If this describes you, it’s not too late to start taking your health seriously! Even small steps can make a difference in the long run.

Those who are proactive in living a healthy life can still be at risk of having a stroke. Age and genetics can play a role, and if you have had a stroke in the past then you have a higher chance of having another.

The good news is that there are still additional prevention measures that you can take. If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, you can mitigate its effects by taking immediate action. Some of the signs include sudden confusion, dizziness, headaches, trouble seeing or numbness on one side of the body. Since these symptoms also show up in other conditions, there’s an easy test you can do to see if someone is having a stroke, called “F.A.S.T.”

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

Arms: Have the person lift both arms. Does one of them slowly drift down?
Speech: Tell the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as “The sky is blue.” Is their speech slurred or hard to understand?

Time: If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, then time is of the essence! Call 911 immediately, even if the symptoms go away.

If you have been affected by a stroke, EZ-ACCESS is here to help. Our accessibility solutions can make your home more accessible, as well as allow you to enjoy life no matter where it takes you.

Made in the U.S.A.!

It’s the time of the year when we bask in remembrance of the great sacrifices that men and women all over our country make and have made to secure our freedom. On May 20th, we honor soldiers currently serving during Armed Forces Day, and we remember fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, May 29th. Patriotism runs deep in the United States and at EZ-ACCESS we stand proud knowing we are investing in this great nation.

Our aluminum access products are made in the U.S.A., creating hundreds of jobs directly through our West Coast manufacturing site located in Algona, Washington and in our East Coast manufacturing site in Morganfield, Kentucky. We also create jobs indirectly through our strategic partnerships and by offering a quality product to our dealers throughout the country.

Buying something crafted here in America does our country good. Some studies show that for every $1 of manufacturing activity, another $1.81 is returned to the economy. According to ABC News, if everyone spent an extra $3.33 on products made in the U.S., it would generate an additional 10,000 jobs. In 2016, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy, and employed 9% of the workforce. All of this job creation ultimately leads to positive economic growth for America.

Another key factor associated with manufacturing in the U.S.A. is that it provides us with the ability to institute quality control. We make sure our access solutions are to the upmost quality standards, ensuring the safety of our customers.

A few of our American-made products include:

SUITCASE® Singlefold Ramp: This ramp allows people to gain immediate access, no matter where they are. With ergonomic handles and a non-protruding hinge, this ramp can go where you go.

The PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift: Known as the lightest residential platform lift on the market, it’s a perfect solution for difficult pathways, porches or platforms. It weighs less than 400 pounds and features Plug-N-Play Wiring Technology for easy installation.

The TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System: This system combines ramps, platforms and steps to create the ideal solution that will bring any business up to code and ADA compliance.

The FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System: Whether you need access to a mobile office on a job site, a cargo trailer, or more, this system can provide a temporary or permanent solution. It’s flexible enough to fit just about any layout or configuration.

The TRAVERSE™ Walk Ramp: Perfect for those who need to load and unload goods, this curbside loading ramp is light enough to carry but strong enough to handle the rigors of everyday use.

Our contributions to America’s manufacturing sector have not gone unnoticed. We were named the silver award winner for the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Company of the Year in the Building Trades category. We’re proud to be a part of the American dream, and we encourage you to buy “Made in America” with all your purchases—not just the ones from EZ-ACCESS!

EZ-ACCESS Takes Part in Relay for Life

May is National Cancer Research Month, and the team at EZ-ACCESS is doing what we can to help fight this life-threatening condition. One of the ways we’re accomplishing this is by participating in our local Relay for Life event, which takes place on Saturday, May 13th from noon to midnight at our local high school football field.

However, this single event hasn’t been our only focus! Throughout the year, we have been holding fundraisers to reach our donation goal. All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help finance research for new, more effective treatments that may lead to finding a cure one day.

This isn’t the first year EZ-ACCESS has taken part in Relay for Life. Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so our involvement is deeply personal. Each year we set a goal of how much money we can raise for the cause, and this year we raised the bar higher than ever.

To reach our goal, we’ve had to be creative in our fundraising. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve done throughout the year:

  • Spring Has Sprung Gift Basket Raffle: We collected donations and put together gift baskets to raffle off to our employees. Some of these included a BBQ basket, a camping basket, a tool basket, a couple of kids’ toy baskets, and a Seahawks basket.
  • Car Wash: During the warmer months we have volunteers available to wash employees’ cars for a small donation.
  • Bake Sale: Who doesn’t love sweets? We have some talented folks that bake delicious treats and we package them up for sale in the lunchroom.
  • Wiener Wednesday: A favorite lunch fundraiser at EZ-ACCESS where volunteers barbeque hot dogs and serve them up with chips and a drink.
  • Taco Tuesday: Same as Wiener Wednesday, but with Tacos!
  • Chocolate Party: Because everyone needs more chocolate in their lives! Similar to our bake sale, all things chocolate are packaged up and sold for a small donation.
  • Flower Raffle: Around Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day we raffle off beautiful flower arrangements made by one of our employees.

We encourage you to find a cause you are passionate about and see how you can make a difference for those living with a disease, disability, or ailment.