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Q&A: Find the Mobility Gear You Need to Hit the Road

The sun is shining and the days are longer, making it the perfect time to load up for an outdoor adventure with your family!  However, for those in mobility devices, hitting the road can come with potential obstacles. In order to get the portable ramp that fits your unique needs so that you can travel safe, it’s not enough to simply buy the first available option. To get the customized solution necessary, EZ-ACCESS breaks down the facts so that you can get the right fit, the first time!

How Do I Find the Right Ramp?

Step One: In order to get the correct size, measure the height of your vehicle’s landing or top step that you’ll be using your mobility device on. If you are unable to get out and measure this height, look up the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle.

Step Two: In addition to the height of your vehicle landing or top step, find the recommended degree of incline for your mobility device in your manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

Step Three: Next, you’ll need to take the rise you found for your vehicle and your recommended degree of incline to the EZ-ACCESS Incline Chart.  The incline chart will tell you what ramp length you’ll need to maintain a safe degree of incline for your desired height usage.

Step Four: Finally, the issue many people forget to check on is whether the portable ramp is small enough to fit into your vehicle. You can find the size of the portable ramp when it is folded for storage on our website to make sure it will easily fit into your vehicle.

Getting the right ramp to fit your needs can be a process, however, by incorporating these easy guidelines you can get the perfect match. For additional assistance, our friendly team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help make the process go smoothly. Contact us today for more information!

Improve Mobility and Save the World with These 3 Products

 

With the arrival of Earth Day, it is the perfect time to discover new sustainable solutions for your access needs. To get a long lasting answer for your home or business, EZ-ACCESS offers these great products to help you not only go green but save some too!

Make the Change

For a long lasting solution for your access needs, ditch the wooden ramps and get ready to upgrade. By utilizing an environmentally friendly aluminum ramp, you will not only be employing a reusable and recyclable source, but you will avoid future repairs or replacements. To help you find the perfect fit, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of portable and semi-permanent ramp options that are easily movable and can be reconfigured to meet any future changes.

Coat it up

Not only do aluminum ramps have the longevity and durability to stand up to the elements, they also provide an attractive alternative to a wooden ramp. By using our powder coating option, you can easily match your access equipment to your exterior surroundings. The coating emits zero or near zero volatile organic compounds and the overspray can be recycled, making it possible to achieve nearly 100 percent use so not a drop goes to waste.

Stay Simple

For a non-invasive mobility solution, our TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the easy answer to your needs. Suited for doorways both inside and outside, this mat will not interfere with the door tracks and is sure to provide a safe entry or exit. Made from 100 percent recyclable material and available in three colors, this mat is a simple solution for your home or office.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing safe and sustainable answers for all your access needs. To learn more about how our products can benefit you, contact our team today!

Welcome Spring with TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps

 

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to welcome in the warmer weather with help from EZ-ACCESS! By utilizing our full line of TRANSITIONS® threshold ramps, mats, and plates you will be able to brush off the winter blues and bring in the sunshine for everyone, no matter their mobility restrictions.

Why TRANSITIONS?

Not only is every TRANSITIONS threshold solution completely seam-free, making them extremely safe for mobility users, but they are available in several materials to match your specific application and the décor of your home. Offering either an extruded design or applied surface for exceptional traction, each product includes only a handful of steps for setup so that you can easily and quickly get the access you need. Finally, each TRANSITIONS threshold solution is lightweight and easy to transport, making it a breeze to adjust to any future changes.

Welcome in the Family

To get the most ideal access solution for your unique needs, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of TRANSITIONS ramps, mats, and plates to improve your home or office safety. Discover your perfect fit today:

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Ramp – Supporting doorways up to 5 ⅞ inches high, this angled entry ramp offers swivel feet that allow for varying heights and doorway angles. Uneven surfaces are not a problem with the Angled Entry Ramp!

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp – Extending up to 6 ¼ inches high by simply sliding in additional sections, this modular entry ramp features a smooth path from door to ramp. Use the Modular Entry Ramp with a sliding glass door or other doorways to make every entry easy for the mobility user in your home.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat – One of two completely rubber mats in the TRANSITIONS family, this angled entry mat can reach 2 ½ inches high and is ideal for areas with cross traffic thanks to its unique beveled edges. This “welcome” mat is available in Black, Storm Grey, and Hazelnut Brown in order to match the desired aesthetic of your home.

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat  – An additional rubber mat in the TRANSITIONS family is the modular entry mat, which does not feature beveled edges, but rather can reach a height of 4 ¾ inches using rubber risers.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Plate – With this single-piece, formed aluminum plate you can help eliminate trip hazards and accommodate most mobility devices. Available in 8, 10, and 12 inches, this portable solution comes with an applied slip-resistant surface, which offers superior traction no matter the condition.

Each spring brings plenty of opportunities to make treasured new memories with your friends and family. With helpful products and assistance from EZ-ACCESS, you will have the tools you need to make sure everyone feels included. Contact our team today to get started!

Let’s Talk: How to Identify and Manage Depression

 

With the arrival of World Health Day every April, taking the time to reflect on vital issues can be a key step in improving your overall quality of life. In the past, this important holiday has helped spread awareness of diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure and other illnesses by sharing knowledge and advocating preventative actions. However, this year we are taking a step back to understand that not all conditions can be evident to the outside eye. Each year, more than 16 million American adults suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the nation. From this, 7 million of those affected are over the age of 65. In honor of the World Health Day’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of this vital issue, EZ-ACCESS offers these essential management guidelines so that you can find the help you need to live a full life:

Know the Symptoms

Allowing depression to go untreated can dramatically decrease your well-being. Although it can be easy, dismissing warning signs and treating them as common mood swings can have severe future consequences. To ensure you get the help necessary to live your days to the fullest, recognize the symptoms. Although feeling sadness, hopeless, cranky, nervous and disengaged are the most publicized effects, they are not the only indicators. If you are feeling fatigue, have consistent headaches, abdominal cramps, digestive issues, an increase or decrease in your appetite and experience insomnia, these can also be important signs of a more serious problem.

Speak Out

If you experience depression symptoms, don’t keep it inside. Speaking to family, friends and medical professionals is a key component of managing the effects of the disease. If you are not yet comfortable in seeking personal support, contacting an advocacy group such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance can be an important first step in coming to terms with the condition. No matter which option you use, by taking the first step in seeking help, you can find the treatment that’s effective for your unique needs and have a core team that will provide key support with the transition.

Stay Healthy

An important tool in the fight against depression is keeping active. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy walks and other outdoor events. Spending the day in a park can also help increase relaxation and prevent possible anxiety. If you are struggling to make it outside, start small. Make it a point to walk each day to the end of your driveway and back. Additionally, try to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet and eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. To help stay active, you can also join community clubs and groups or simply ask a friend to accompany you on a daily stroll. Even the smallest steps can make a major impact in improving your overall well-being.

Although depression is an ongoing fight, with support and healthy habits, you can continue to overcome the obstacles. To help you stay active, EZ-ACCESS offers a complete line of portable and semi-permanent ramps so that you can enjoy each and every day to the fullest. Contact our team today to learn more about how these useful products can get you moving forward.

FAQ: Upgrade Your Safety with the Pathway 3G Modular Access System

If you are upgrading your home’s accessibility, the options can be potentially overwhelming. In order to find the customized solution to your needs, EZ-ACCESS is proud to provide the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System. By utilizing universal components and interchangeable surfaces, this American-made modular system will efficiently increase security for you and your loved ones. Find out more about why the PATHWAY 3G is the right fit for your needs!

How difficult is assembly?

Since the PATHWAY 3G Modular Access System requires minimal tools and relies on few components and hardware, installation is a breeze! With no construction or poured footers, the assembly is simple and can be continually added upon, interchanged, and moved to fit your changing needs. To learn more about the ease of installation, please view our video or browse the instruction manual.

Is it durable?

Made from quality aluminum materials, the PATHWAY 3G is built to stand up to the elements. Protected by a lifetime warranty, this modular ramp is the long-lasting solution to your needs. For additional protection, our powder coating option is available in three colors to help not only safeguard your access solution, but also compliment it to the exterior of your home to match your desired look.

Can it be adjusted?

The future is never set in stone! The PATHWAY 3G’s unique features include interchangeable surface and handrails that can easily be swapped out in the future. Comprised of ramps, handrails, stairs and platforms this access solution can be combined and configured to provide the customized fit for your home. Additionally, vertical or horizontal pickets can be added by simply inserting either welded picketed sections or additional rails at any time. Since the process involves bolts instead of heavy construction, they can also be removed with ease.

At EZ-ACCESS, we don’t believe in the cookie-cutter approach. By utilizing the distinct and personalized features of the PATHEWAY 3G Modular Access System, you can get the flexible and secure mobility answer for you and your family. To learn more about the benefits, contact our team today!

Spring Forward with Maintenance Tips for Your Home Access Equipment

With birds chirping, the sun shining and temperatures rising, spring has finally arrived. Before you head out to enjoy the weather with your family, first take the time to ensure your access solution is in prime working condition for the heavy springtime traffic ahead. By following these simple tips from EZ-ACCESS, you will be ready to enjoy the outdoors in no time!

Give Your Access Equipment the Spring Sweep

Use a broom to brush off any loose debris to help guarantee that the traction on your ramps, mats, and lifts, have not been compromised by the winter weather.

Tackle the Tough Spots

Use a garden hose to rinse off the entire aluminum mobility ramp to prepare it for cleaning. If you come across any areas with mud or clay, soak these areas to allow the mud to loosen.

Keep it Clean

Take a damp towel and dab at any stains left on the ramp from dirty snow or mud. To keep the aluminum ramp system looking new, avoid using harsh cleaners on the surface. Instead, wipe these areas with a clean cloth and continue until the entire surface is clean. To finish, use a dry towel to wipe down the entire ramp until it is dry.

Double Check the Hardware

Once you have completed cleaning, it is always a good idea to check and tighten any loose nuts and bolts to ensure the safety of your ramp.

Spring is the perfect season to enjoy time with your loved ones outside. By taking the time to properly care for your access equipment, you can rest easier knowing that your family is secure. To learn more about how we can help you get the tools you need to enjoy this wonderful time of year, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today!

It’s a Pair with EZ-ACCESSORIES®

For individuals with limited mobility, life doesn’t slow down! Keeping on the move is an essential way to maintain independence, stay fit and improve your overall health. However, transportation can be difficult if you have no place to store vital equipment.  If your access gear is slowing you down, EZ-ACCESS has got you covered with our line of EZ-ACCESSORIES. Together, we can find the perfect pair!

Wheelchair

If you are a wheelchair user, EZ-ACCESS has a wide variety of options to keep your personal belongings safe. You can be sure to find the perfect product to fit your needs. For shopping, the Wheelchair Back is a heavy-duty solution and can be easily attached to the back of the wheelchair with adjustable straps, giving you the freedom you need to keep moving. If you need a more lightweight option, the Wheelchair Underneath Carrier can be attached underneath your chair to hold papers, books or magazines. To get the best of both worlds, our Wheelchair Pack provides a large, durable pack with deep pockets behind the wheelchair and includes outside mesh pockets. These pockets keeps your necessary items, such as a phone or tablet, handy and still provides liberal room for storage.

Scooter

Scooters and power chairs provide needed assistance for individuals with limited mobility, however, they can be inadequate when it comes to storage. To keep important items close, the Scooter & Power Chair Pack is easy to install over the back of the seat for a comfortable and secure fit. If you need even closer coverage, the Scooter Arm Tote keeps your personal belongs safely within reach.

Walker

Although baskets can be handy for storing larger items in your walker, it can be less than reliable for smaller items such as phones or keys. To add more privacy and security, EZ-ACCESS recommends the Walker Basket Liner. Not only does it come with two expandable pouches to hold larger items like beverage containers, but it also includes a zippered pocket for smaller or more personal objects. If your needs extend past a typical basket, the Walker Carryon is the functional answer to your traveling problems. Available in two styles, including a side or front mount, this spacious storage container has several individual pockets in a variety of sizes so you can easily access your belongings.

Crutches

Although crutches provide convenient assistance for a wide variety of conditions, they can also be one of the most difficult items to maneuver. Since your hands are consistently at work, carrying essential items becomes extremely difficult. For a convenient and easy solution, the Universal Crutch Pouch can be fitted to a cane or crutch to provide you with the storage you need.

Although staying on the move can come with potential obstacles for people affected by limited mobility, securing these essential products can ensure you have the peace of mind needed to stay safe no matter where life takes you. To find out more about how EZ-ACCESS can help you, contact our team today!

How to Customize Your Home’s Accessibility in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals with limited mobility, having a complete access system is the top priority in providing a safe and welcoming home. However, obtaining the customized and complete solution can be potentially overwhelming. To avoid any possible oversights, the team at EZ-ACCESS is ready to help with important safety products and guidelines to ensure easy entering and exiting of your home.

Step 1: Ramp it up

To safely access your home, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System provides the fastest and most efficient solution for those with limited mobility. Comprised of universal components and interchangeable surfaces with several handrail options, it is the perfect customized alternative to a traditional wood or portable ramp. Made from durable American materials, the PATHWAY 3G will withstand any elements and, by utilizing our powder coating option, you can easily match it to the exterior of your home. Since the system is made of ramps, handrails, stairs, and platforms, it can be combined and configured in a variety of ways that can continue to be reformatted to fit possible future changes.

Step 2: Avoid the Curb

Once you have your PATHWAY 3G in place at the exterior of your home, the next obstacle is right at the doorway. In order to provide extra security, the TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the simple and durable answer to your needs. By placing a mat on the entrance or exit, you can ensure that your mobility device continues to move smoothly. Made from 100 percent recycled rubber and available in three colors, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat does not interfere with door tracks so you are guaranteed to get the help you need to conquer the threshold.

Step 3: Open the Doorway

After you have ensured a safe entrance and exit to you home, don’t overlook the actual doorway! To increase accessibility, the CONCIERGE® Power Door Opener is a cost-effective and lightweight option that is perfect for doors that need to have the ability to be automatically opened. Since it does not require modification to your door or jambs, it can be installed quickly and plugged right into a regular 115-vac wall outlet. With additional safety features including an adjustable hold-open timer plus an automatic load-sensor to avoid potential obstruction, you and your loved ones can rest easier.

Although living with limited mobility can provide obstacles, by taking these vital steps you can guarantee your home is secure. To find out more about how these products can work together to form the customized access solution that fits your needs, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today!

Find Out Why People Love Our Portable Ramps

At EZ-ACCESS, we know life doesn’t slow down for people affected by mobility restrictions. With our innovative access solutions, we can help ensure you have the tools needed to keep moving forward. With a full line of portable options available, you can find the support you need wherever you go. Find out why our customers love our portable ramps!

Suitcase® Trifold® AS Ramp

“This 8 foot long ramp has a better angle and now we can just keep my sister in her wheelchair and roll her in and out of the house. The ramp is heavy-duty aluminum construction, very solid, foldable for storage, traction material and side edges for safety. Definitely has been a good purchase for us and I’d recommend it.” – George M., Amazon User

As our largest portable ramp, the SUITCASE Trifold AS Ramp is ideal for raised landings, steps, or larger vehicles. It offers easy conversion from ramp to ground, as well as the ability to separate into two individual sections, making this portable ramp the perfect accessibility solution for your family!

Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp 

“This ramp is sleek, sturdy and easy to install. I needed a ramp for visitors to my mid-century modern house/office and dreaded the possibility of some functional monstrosity conflicting with the lines of my home. I don’t think I could have found anything better than this industrial-chic ramp.”Amazon User

With the GATEWAY Solid Surface Portable Ramp, you get the functionality you need without making any major adjustments to your home or office. Since it’s a one-piece design, no moving parts are necessary. Due to the durable aluminum materials, not only will it combat the outdoor elements, but it will also stand up to the test of time.

Transitions® Angled Entry Mat

“I absolutely love this ramp! So much so, that I’ve ordered another for the back door. I told my physical therapist about it and she was thrilled to know about it.” – Wendy R., Amazon User

To increase accessibility in your home with ease, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat is the perfect noninvasive solution. Accommodating for both inside and outside doorways, our mat is made with 100 percent recyclable fiber and available in three different colors.

For those living with limited mobility, getting the perfect access solution is a necessity. With a large variety of both portable and modular ramp options, EZ-ACCESS has a customized answer no matter your situation. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help!

How to Increase Bathroom Safety in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals affected by mobility restrictions, every day can present possible obstacles. This is particularly true when it comes to home safety. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing the safety you and your family deserve. With these helpful guidelines and products, you can maintain security and get the peace of mind you need.

  1. Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  1. Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is not slick. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

  1. Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency. Above all, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. To ensure safety for your loved ones and prevent injuries to family members or caretakers, EZ-ACCESS recommends the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the TILT is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution that’s perfect for your family. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, you can maintain independence and still get the needed security to avoid falls.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips and products can help keep your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about how you can make your home more accessible, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today.