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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.

 

 

 

How to Plan a Path for Your Wheelchair Ramp

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are here to help you choose the best wheelchair ramp pathway for your home. Our innovative products can fit almost any yard or home, and our expert installation will ensure your wheelchair ramp will last for years to come. Today, we’re going to share a few of the things to keep in mind while selecting the best pathway for your home:

Property Lines

Before our experts arrive, check your home’s property lines to ensure that your wheelchair ramp doesn’t overlap your neighbors’ yard, lawn, sidewalk or drive. If you must overlap the sidewalk in front of your house, call the city first to make sure you won’t get a fine for doing so.

Access Point

When our dedicated team comes to your home for installation, the first thing we do is help to determine the best access point. Which door do you want to go in and out of every day? What entry has the most width? The last thing you want is to feel cramped going in and out of your own home, so be sure to choose an area that has plenty of space for you to move around.

The Elements

You don’t want your wheelchair to slip on wet leaves or other debris, so aim to avoid placing your wheelchair ramp under any trees. If possible, position the ramp underneath an awning or porch so it won’t become slick when it rains or snows. Sunlight exposure is also good, as it can quickly dry your wheelchair ramp after a storm, as well as more easily melt the snow.

We’re all about helping our customers increase their mobility. If you or a loved one have difficulty getting around, don’t wait until there’s an accident. Find a nearby EZ-ACCESS dealer today to come out and help you make your home safe and accessible!

It’s a Match with the EZ-ACCESS Lift Matcher

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With so many vehicle lift options out there, finding the lift that works with both your vehicle and your mobility device can be difficult.  EZ-ACCESS is always looking for ways to simplify your accessibility selection process, and the Lift Matcher has done just that for all our new HAULWAY customers.  It’s actually as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.  Follow these steps at www.haulwayliftmatcher.com:

  1. Select your vehicle

Going back as far as 1992, select the year, make and model of your vehicle.

  1. Select your mobility device

Once your exact vehicle is selected, move to finding your mobility device.  There are over 48 mobility device manufacturers to choose from.  Select the manufacturer and then your exact mobility device.

  1. Select your EZ-ACCESS lift

After selecting your mobility device, you’ll notice all HAULWAY lifts display with a green compatible checkmark or a red not compatible x to indicate which products will work for your vehicle and mobility device.

The Lift Matcher not only displays which HAULWAY lift is most compatible with your equipment, it will also provide suggested accessories to make your device transport experience even better.   We’re talking about hitch adapters, swingaway attachments and more.

Finally, when you’re all through determining the right HAULWAY lift for you in three easy steps, you’ll be sent to that HAULWAY’s page to learn about it and find a dealer near you.  The Lift Matcher is a perfect example of what we want for you.  We want you to be easily matched up with accessibilities products that are going to meet your needs perfectly.  If you’re experiencing any difficulty with your accessibility, give us a call and let us help you find the right solution today!

What Makes the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift BEST IN SHOW

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The EZ-ACCESS line of HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lifts expands independence with its ease of use while saving space and increasing personal mobility. We are committed to diminishing accessibility barriers through quality products, and the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is no exception.

  1. Expanded Mobility

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift gives you a sturdy hold while traversing steep inclines as it tilts your wheelchair or scooter. Your daily routine is made easier with the convenience of the Power Lift Chair and gives you the ability to get up and go whenever necessary.

  1. Space Saver

Easily mounted on the rear of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift opens up the inside of your vehicle for more room.

  1. Simplicity

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is specifically designed for ease of use and expedient maneuvering. It is light and compact, while at the same time providing a secure hold and tilt as it operates. If mounted on the back side of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift simply loads and raises when you’re ready to embark outdoors.

Find a dealer today and make transporting your scooter or wheelchair a breeze with the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift! Also available in Standard or HD, the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift can fit any and all of your mobility needs.

Visit the HAULWAY Lift Matcher to find out which HAULWAY® suits you the best.