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Your Passport to Independence: How to Utilize our PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift

“Ding! You are now free to move about the country.”

While you may not be taking on the whole country, you can reclaim your independence with our PASSPORT Vertical Platform Lift, an easy-to-use solution for accessing raised entry points such as a porch or deck. But before you unbuckle your seat belt and start taking on the world – it’s time to learn how to make the most of our PASSPORT. Sit back and relax as we make our final descent to your destination.

The Destination Doesn’t Matter: Did you know the PASSPORT isn’t just designed for your front porch? That’s right, you can place the PASSPORT at whatever access point you use most. Don’t leave through the front door? Place it in your garage. It works just as great, especially when higher rises and/or tight spaces are present and it gets you to your desired destination much faster.

Forget the Heavy Luggage: The PASSPORT is one of the most lightweight products of its kind on the market, which means no overweight bag fees need to be paid. Being lightweight makes it possible for a one person install. The lift is also fairly easy to relocate if your first stop was just the connection.

Please Turn Your Attention to the Screen in Front of You: The PASSPORT is easy to install and even easier to use, which you can see in the video below.

For Your Safety We Ask That You Place Your Chair and Tray Tables in the Upright Position: Much like an airplane that deters away from an unsafe landing, the PASSPORT will do the same. If something is blocking the platform from downward travel, the lift will stop immediately. The lift will still be operational in the upward direction, but the object or obstruction must be cleared to resume downward travel. We like to maintain safety as the number one priority while the PASSPORT is in use and the obstruction detector is a must have.

We know you have many options when it comes to reclaiming your independence but from those of us at EZ-ACCESS, we thank you for traveling with us today. We encourage you to continue using your PASSPORT for a lifetime of independence.

Danger Zone: Tips to Take Bathroom Safety to the Next Level

More danger lurks in the bathroom than most people think.

Stop for a moment and envision you’re in your bathroom – the shower is running but part of the shower curtain isn’t in the tub and water is pooling where you get out of the shower. You turn, and you notice the toilet is low to the ground so you know you’re going to struggle getting up, causing strain to your body. As you get into the shower, you slip on the slick surface and there’s nothing to safely grab a hold of. After regaining your stability, you find yourself getting fatigued in the shower. You reach for your shampoo and soaps, but there’s no handy or easily accessible place to store them.

While the first thing that comes to mind may not be “danger”, that’s what these scenarios can potentially turn into. If you’re ready to step up your bathroom safety game, consider these levels of safety to implement in your own home.

Level 1: Add a walk-in shower or ditch the shower curtain and opt for a door. If it’s a struggle to climb in and out of the tub or you’re always fretting over the shower curtain, it may be time to add a walk in shower or replace the shower curtain with a shatterproof glass door. This solution can keep water from pooling where you get out and eliminate one of the lurking dangers in the bathroom.

Level 2: Add a TILT® Toilet Incline Lift. People over 85 years old sustain more than 50 percent of their injuries near the toilet. It’s no surprise that a toilet can be a source of danger when getting on and off can be a strain. Adding a TILT to your toilet helps alleviate the struggle of getting up and down, providing a sense of security for the user.

Level 3: Add grab bars or other stability increasing measures. Bathtubs and showers come with various dangers and slipping accounts for almost 20 percent of bathroom injuries. Adding grab bars in and around the bathtub can help provide balance and stability to those who need it.

Level 4: Add an EZ-ACCESSORIES® Universal Bather to your bath chair. Being in the shower can be fatiguing and having your shower chair or bench available will provide a place to rest but sometimes getting up and down to retrieve your shampoo can be even more of a struggle. Adding the EZ-ACCESSORIES Universal Bather allows you to have all of your bathing items within a safe reach.

Don’t let your bathroom become or remain a danger zone. By making a few modifications and installing a few helpful tools you can reduce the risks that lurk in your bathroom. Step out of the danger zone and step into a life of safety and security. For more information on bathroom safety visit our website.

Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Ramp: Tips for Winter Ramp Safety

Are you walking through a winter wonderland? Or more like skating through one with ice and chilly temperatures? While picturesque, we want to help you maintain a safe and accessible ramp and walkway this winter. Don’t forget to winterize your ramp with these simple tips.

  1. Prevention: Is the weatherman predicting a substantial snowfall or sleet in the coming days? Make the most of the time before the storm hits by applying solutions to prevent snow and ice accumulation. This will save you time and effort in the long run so you won’t have to worry and you can enjoy the snowfall.

 

  1. Ice Melt: Using things like certain salts and other ice melt products can help eliminate the ice and snow safely with minimal work on your part, so you have more time to enjoy the winter wonderland. However, avoid corrosive chemicals that can cause damage to your ramp.

Note: The information above is taken from Fact Sheet 707, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was up-to-date at the time of this post.

*Sodium and calcium chloride are particularly damaging to newly poured concrete. Also, these chemicals should not be applied to brick or stone surfaces. Table adapted with permission from work of John Buckreis, Merrifield Gardens Nursery, Annandale, VA

  1. Brooms: Having a push broom on hand is also great for easily snow removal. A push broom will move snow faster as opposed to a traditional kitchen broom. Another bonus of using a broom? You won’t damage the ramp.
  2. Plastic Shovels: Metal on metal can be hard on the ears and even harder on your ramp. If you plan to shovel snow, make sure that you’re utilizing a plastic or rubber shovel. It gets the job done and helps prevent scratches or damages to your ramp.

Don’t let the ice and snow prevent you from using your ramp this winter and enjoying the season. If you have questions when it comes to caring for your ramp during the winter, please reach out to our friendly customer service team.

 

Planning for the New Year – Why Making Your Business More Handicap Accessible Should Be Top of the List!

The New Year is almost here and what an exciting time to make some changes for the betterment of yourself and/or your business! If you’re looking to make your business more accessibility-friendly, we have a few products and tips that can help you out with this New Year’s Resolution!

Resolution No. 1

Evaluate Your Entrances:

Taking a look at your entrances is a great starting point to determine what kind of accessibility solutions will be required. Are there stairs that can prevent someone from getting to your door? Is there enough space for a wheelchair to maneuver its way to the door and through the doorway? Is there a slope that’s too steep for someone to get up? These are all great questions to ask yourself.

Achieving Resolution No. 1:

With a few simple products like the TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System, you can provide a seamless entry point for your customers. This system is low maintenance so it doesn’t have to be another worry while you run your business or welcome customers.

Resolution No. 2

Take a look at your door:

While opening a door may be a simple task for many, it’s important to consider the weight of the door and how easy it would be to open for someone using a wheelchair. One more thing to look at is the doorway threshold. Is it a significant height? Would it be a struggle for a wheelchair, scooter, or walker to navigate the threshold?

Achieving Resolution No. 2:

Adding one of our TRANSITIONS® entry mats can eliminate those tricky thresholds and help prevent the potential trip hazard they may pose. Designed to be slip resistant and easy to match up to your threshold, installing these mats should be no hassle at all. They blend so well, you’ll barely notice they’re there!

We understand that making your business completely accessible can seem like an overwhelming task while running your business, but with these few improvements, you’ll be marking resolutions off your list left and right. Cheers to a New Year and let us help you create a plan for improved accessibility here!

Forget Hibernation! Try these Three Tips to Staying Active this Winter

While it may not be as fun to stay active when the temperatures are colder and the sun sets so early, there are a few advantages when it comes to remaining active during the winter months. You don’t have to worry about the heat and humidity, you can boost your immunity during cold and flu season, and of course, maintain an active lifestyle. To learn how you can reap these benefits, take a look at these three tips for staying active during the season of chilly temperatures.

  1. Bundle Up: You don’t have to miss out on your brisk walks or trips outside just because the temps have dropped. Simply make sure you’re wearing the proper warm weather gear to hold in your body heat. Start with base layers such as thermals to trap body heat. Add your sweatshirts or jackets, followed by hats, scarves and gloves to keep every part of your body protected from those nippy temperatures. Make sure your layers are water-wicking as to not absorb moisture from snow or sleet.
  2. Turn Your Household Chores into a Full Body Workout: Thankfully, we don’t have to build a winter shelter, but taking care of your home can be a full body workout! Did you know that shoveling snow for 30 minutes can burn around 220 calories based on a body weight of 155 pounds? That’s right! Doing your household chores this winter can help you shed the pounds. If you don’t get snow in your neck of the woods, deep cleaning your home can burn the same amount of calories with effort exerted.
  3. Pick up a Winter Sport: Everyone agrees on the phrase “work hard play hard”, and there’s no better way to embrace the winter weather than by picking up a winter sport. While you don’t have to go the extreme sports route like snowboarding, there are plenty of other options such as sledding or cross country skiing. Try a hike or snowshoeing through the peaceful, snowy landscape. Are you a wheelchair user? You could join a winter sports team, like a wheelchair hockey team or sit skiing club. Not only do you have the chance to be outside and be active, but you can make new friends. 

No matter how you plan to stay active this winter, always remember to properly hydrate and wear the correct gear for whatever activity you may be partaking in. Have your own tips for staying active during the winter? Share them in the comments below!

Start Making the Grade When it comes to School Building Accessibility

Is it time for an educational assessment when it comes to your school’s accessibility? Don’t wait until summer break to start the lesson plans, now is the perfect time to make improvements around your campus.  Whether you’re looking for a ramp for wheelchair users or one to help with a set of stairs for younger students, we’re an A student when it comes to accessibility solutions and we have the perfect lesson for you.

Our TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System is the correct answer and through its modular design, one of the most adaptable and durable systems on the market. Take a look at a few key features this system has:

  • Most Adaptable: While the TITAN System can change to meet your needs, you won’t find any fad trends here. Depending on the building, this system can be customized to the site. The components of this ramp are easy as ABC to install and configure. The ramps, platforms, and stairs can all be combined and configured to fit a variety of buildings, spaces, and access needs.

 

  • Most Likely to Be on Safety Patrol: This ramp system is all about safety and isn’t afraid to let others know about it either. We offer two or four inch high curbs, safety railings, and an optional lower handrail for younger students. No slipping and sliding here, the slip-resistant surface is designed to help provide increased traction during rainy or winter weather.

 

  • Biggest Rule Follower: The biggest rule follower, if there ever was one! The TITAN Code Compliant Modular Access System is in compliance with ADA, IBC, OSHA and most local code regulations. You won’t find this ramp in detention.

 

  • Most Likely To Succeed: Not to brag, but this ramp system knows it’s good. Like many of our other EZ-ACCESS products, the TITAN is built with the highest quality aluminum, which is corrosion-resistant, making it maintenance-free for many years of high traffic use. You won’t have to worry about rust, rot, deterioration, splinters, or having to replace it.

If you’re looking to continue your education with some after school tutorial sessions, visit our website here. Don’t forget, if you’re wanting to an A on that report card, be sure to contact some of our experts and star pupils here.

Class dismissed!

 

 

 

We Have Lift Off on the ORBIT™ Patient Transfer Lift – Get your first glimpse here *VIDEO Included

We have lift off in 5…4…3…2…1…

We’re excited to announce the lift-off of our brand new product, the ORBIT™ Patient Transfer Lift!

Unlike other patient transfer lifts on the market, our unique lift surpasses all other programs in the space race. The ORBIT provides an articulating arm and pivoting stanchion that both rotate a full 360-degrees. Providing patients with a complete 360 degree orbit creates better flexibility and maneuverability in the home or care facility. Take a look at more of the features that make the ORBIT an ideal transfer solution.

Three Seconds to Launch:

Through our innovative design, you won’t experience any suborbital missions here. Our patient lift post or “stanchion” as we refer to it, will rotate a full 360-degrees, along with the articulating arm which also rotates a full 360-degrees allowing you to reach full orbit. We offer two different height options to accommodate most ceiling heights from 8 to 12 feet. The design also allows for a smaller footprint for mankind within the home or care facility, and can be installed in the most convenient location for the patient or caregiver. The arm also has three height positions with the ability to clear doorways, and comes in a four or five foot option.

Two Seconds to Launch:

With the single stanchion design, the mission for install is simple and straightforward. It can be installed floor-to-ceiling or floor-to-wall. These mounting options allow for easy and compact storage to help reduce clutter in your control room.

One Second to Launch:

Due to the minimal assembly and simple two mounting point install, if you want to realign into a different orbital pattern or for intergalactic travel it would be a simple process. With its sleek and innovative design, you can place multiple ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift throughout the home or care facility for added convenience, no booster needed.

Other features of the tactical mission for the ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift include a five-year warranty, a brake to help slow the rotation for more control while in orbit, and two different weight capacities depending on the length of the arm selected.

We have lift off!

Learn more about the ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift by watching the overview video from Mission Control.

Ready to start your own space mission?

Visit the ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift product page on our website to learn more, or to find a dealer in your local area to purchase an ORBIT from, submit a quick contact form and we will get you connected to one.

We can’t wait to hear about your own space mission with the new ORBIT Patient Transfer Lift!

DISCLAIMER: EZ-ACCESS does not sell or provide motors or slings.

Using EZ-ACCESS Products to Create a Home Designed for Accessibility

 

 

From the garage to the bathroom, we’re breaking through barriers with safe and easy-to-use accessibility solutions. If you’re looking for a specific solution for a room or area in your home, we can help you find the perfect product.

 

CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener – With just a touch of a button, the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener can open and close interior and exterior doorways. It’s easy to install and comes with several safety features including adjustable door hold-open time and obstruction detector.

 

PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift – Don’t worry about access when it comes to your porch or elevated entrance. The PASSPORT® Vertical Lift is perfect for those with limited mobility and provides a smooth ride. The unit is adaptable for various heights and configurations. The controls are designed to be easy to use and features high-visibility LED indicator lights for simple troubleshooting.

 

TRANSITIONS® Angled and Modular Entry Ramp – Have an entryway in your home that’s raised or requires a step up? The TRANSITIONS® product line could be your perfect solution! These products create a seamless surface for thresholds and raised landings, can be used indoors and outdoors, and are portable so they can be moved from one entryway to the next.

 

TILT® Toilet Incline Lift – The TILT Toilet Incline Lift is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, using this lift can maintain independence and still provide the needed security to avoid falls. Even better? It’s easy to clean and allows for better transfers for those in powerchairs and wheelchairs.

 

SUITCASE® Ramps – Designed to be easily transported from place to place, the SUITCASE® ramps are perfect for accessibility on the go, especially during the holiday season. If you’re visiting friends and family or hosting company in a wheelchair or powerchair, this may be the right solution for you.

PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System – This customizable system allows you to create a ramp for standard and unique entryways. With interchangeable options available, you have the flexibility to continue to upgrade the system as your needs or preferences change. This can be your long-lasting access solution since it’s built with aluminum materials designed to withstand the elements.

 

At EZ-ACCESS, we strive to create easy and safe accessibility solutions for all. Stay tuned to see what room we’re tackling next when it comes to providing solutions for home accessibility. For more information about our residential products, visit our website or contact us today.

Three Tips to Show Support for Caregivers

November is National Caregiver Awareness Month, and with an estimated 44 million caregivers in the United States, it’s important to show support to these people who may feel overlooked or overwhelmed with the vital responsibility they hold. With these three tips, you can show support to caregivers and help alleviate the stress they may face.

Ask How You Can Help

Being a caregiver can be taxing, and like anything that requires around the clock attention, it can potentially lead to burnout. Asking how you can help, for a day or even a few hours, can go a long way. Even if it’s not stepping in to handle the caregiving duties, helping out in other ways like bringing food or doing household chores can lessen their workload and alleviate their stress. Always ask what is specifically needed to help them. Saying the generic statement of “let me know if I can do something for you” leaves the ball in their court, meaning they may never get back to you, but still need the help.

Make Sure They’re Caring for Themselves

When someone is dependent on another person for their care, it’s pertinent that the caregiver is healthy both physically and emotionally. A caregiver may make excuses as to why they can’t put their health and well-being first. However, it’s important they attend regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments, make time for physical activity and hobbies, and seek support through groups or counseling. Help them find solutions such as having a family member, friend, or community member come sit with the loved one while the caregiver is tending to their well-being.

Equip Them with the Proper Tools

Caregiving can be more than just emotionally draining, it can be physically draining as well. Having the right tools in the home can make the job a little easier. Installing ramps to a home’s entry points can eliminate strain when trying to help someone up a set of stairs. Adding a TILT® Toilet Incline Lift, can help a caregiver or loved one while in the bathroom. Other tools to help them do their job include the EZ-SHAMPOO® Hair Washing Basin, EZ-SHOWER Bedside Shower, and EZ-BATHE® Body Washing Basin. For more tools that can help make a caregiver’s job easier and safer, visit our website here.

 

There are many ways you can show support for caregivers, even simply listening to them can be the most helpful thing to do. The work they do is incredibly important and can be stressful, so lending an attentive and understanding ear shows that you really do care. To learn about how EZ-ACCESS can make a caregiver’s job a little easier with products that promote ease of use and patient safety, visit our website.

Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in your Home

Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

Falls are considered the number one cause of injury for seniors. After falling once, it doubles a person’s chance of falling again and often leads to Post Fall Anxiety Syndrome. Learn how a few simple modifications can help mitigate fall risks in the home and provide peace of mind for you or a loved one.

 

Bathroom: Did you know people over 85 suffer more than half their injuries near the toilet? For those who struggle to get up from the seated position or need extra stability in the bathroom, the TILT® Toilet Incline Lift may be a perfect aid to prevent injuries and falls in the bathroom.

 

Bonus Tip: Add non-slip mats to the shower and bathtub to prevent any slips and falls while bathing. If accessing a shower or tub is too difficult for you or your loved one, consider using our EZ-Shower Bedside Shower or EZ-BATHE® Body Washing Basin for an in-bed bathing experience.

 

Entryways and Raised Landings: Does your home have a tricky entryway or a step down into another room? These can be problematic for those who experience difficulty moving safely throughout their home. Adding a TRANSITIONS® threshold ramp, mat, or plate in those areas can dramatically reduce the number of tripping incidents and create a smooth path for wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, etc.

 

Porches and Stairs: Don’t risk falling or tripping down porch or entryway stairs, especially when it’s rainy or icy. Adding a ramp and/or platform to your home can help eliminate environmental hazards, which is the majority reason people fall. The PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution when it comes to creating a cleared walkway with safe handrails to guide individuals to and from home access points.

 

While not every fall leads to injury, there can still be health risks that are present such as the inability to get up or the anxiety of falling again. Since one-third of those who are over 65 will fall each year, it’s important to take the right precautions to help eliminate the potential causes of injury.

 

If you’re in need of assistance in selecting the right ramps for your situation, be sure to use our Ramp Selector or Incline Calculator or contact us here.