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4 Tips for Traveling with Disabilities

 

Traveling brings plenty of opportunities for families to create treasured memories, seek historic sights and reconnect. However, for individuals with limited mobility, it can also bring potential complications. At EZ-ACCESS, we believe that the ability to explore should never be limited. That’s why we offer these important safety travel tips so that you and your loved ones can enjoy adventure, without sacrificing safety.

1.) Create a Plan

Although new cities are exciting, unfamiliar areas can be potentially dangerous for people traveling with disabilities. To avoid any possible problems, make sure to research the doctors and physicians in the area. Medical associations within the city are also a great source of information and may offer solutions in identifying accessible attractions and restaurants.  For those that rely on wheelchair assistance or need medication, make sure to bring spare equipment in case of malfunction. If you are renting any medical equipment, be sure to arrange it in advance. Calling to double check that everything is in order before you depart is also a good practice.  Above all, make sure you have the essential contact information for your doctor, and inform them of where and when you will be traveling. Doing so ensures that they will be ready to help in the event of an emergency.

2.) Use a Travel Agency that Specializes in Disabilities

It may seem simple to set up personal trips or flights without professional assistance, however, doing so can cause potential problems in the long run. By utilizing an agency that specializes in travel for the disabled, you can eliminate stress and ensure that no detail is overlooked. These agencies help arrange access to handicap vehicles as well as accessible transportation and lodging. Additionally, if any problem does arise, you can contact them for help throughout your trip.

3.) Prepare for Your Flights

If you will be flying, don’t arrive at the airport without first researching the layout. Details such as bathroom location can help in case of an issue. Make sure to give yourself an extra one to two hours prior to departure in order to get through security. Don’t forget to pack emergency equipment in your carryon as well. For catching connecting flights, 90 minutes is recommended for a layover. If you need assistance while boarding, be specific with your requests especially if it includes lifting or handling. Additionally, don’t forget to request a specialty seat or supply any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

4.) Get the Right Gear

For those traveling by vehicle, bringing your mobility scooter or power chair along for the ride can be a potential obstacle. That’s why we are making traveling easier with Haulway® vehicle lifts from EZ-ACCESS. Available in a variety of weight capacities, these lifts can easily be attached to a wide range of vehicles to ensure you have the assistance you need to keep moving. To find the right lift for you, contact our team today!

Travel can be hectic but the experience of sharing new adventures with loved ones makes it worthwhile. With these tips, you can help eliminate stress and avoid potential emergencies. At EZ-ACCESS, it is our ultimate goal to create new and innovative ways for individuals affected by limited mobility to enjoy the world around them. Find out how we are taking big steps by visiting http://capabilities.ezaccess.com/.

Listen to Your Heart with these Vital Health Tips

While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect your loved ones, EZ-ACCESS offers these keys to maintaining a strong heart:

Keep it Healthy

Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, you can help prevent heart attacks as well as improve overall health. To help make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption with the replacement of grilled chicken, trading the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

 Know the Symptoms

In the event of a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance to rule out heart complications, particularly if the symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, a shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, anxiety, cold sweat, and nausea are also important triggers.

Limit Stress

To preserve health and maintain peace of mind, reducing stress is an important element for your fitness. Find time each day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to achieving a wholesome sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relieve potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.

Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve your overall health. As a family owned company, EZ-ACCESS takes the security of your loved ones personally. Discover our story today.

Maximizing Your Haulway® Lift is As Easy as A-B-C!

 

Getting the security you need to travel safely can present potential complications for individuals affected by disabilities. However, with the right tools, you can maintain your independence and still enjoy treasured experiences with your loved ones. So how do you start? By memorizing the alphabet!

A: Access

To get the customized solution you need to travel safely, Haulway vehicle lifts offer several options so you can securely enjoy the ride. With these lifts, you can take your mobility scooter or power chair with you when you travel and get the peace of mind you need to stay safe and active.

B: Boost

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to continually advancing our products so that you can get the most efficient access solution possible. That’s why we are proud to introduce our HAULWAY Scooter and Power Chair Lift portable battery pack option. Not only does this allow for increased ease of installation and a Plug-N-Play solution, but it does not require a direct connection to the vehicle’s battery. To keep your lift moving, simply install the battery pack near the license plate holder on your lift with the provided bolt-on tray. Once it is fully charged, your lift will be able to perform approximately 20 to 30 cycles, depending on the weight and current temperature. Since the Plug-N-Play option does not require wiring to the vehicle, there is no invasive assembly required.  Featuring a durable and weather-resistant case as well as a status indicator for easy reading, this portable battery pack is the perfect investment in getting the most out of your HAULWAY vehicle lift!

C: Contact

With the Haulway vehicle lift, you can ensure you have access no matter where your travels take you. By utilizing the battery pack option, there is no limit to where you can go. To get started on your journey, the team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help. Learn more about the advantages of the Haulway portable battery pack by contacting us today!

Lift Off for Safety with HAULWAY® Vehicle Lifts!

 

Traveling can bring potential problems for those who use a scooter or power chair. Although mobility devices create a safe and easy aid in completing daily tasks, they also can cause difficulty when using vehicles. At EZ-ACCESS, security is our primary concern. To stay active no matter where you go, Haulway vehicle lifts provide the perfect safety solution for you and your loved ones. Available in three models, these scooter and power chair lifts attach to a wide range of vehicles and provide you with the customized solution you need to keep moving forward.

Get the Job Done with the Haulway Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift

No matter your mobility restrictions, life does not slow down! For heavy-duty security and functionality, the Haulway® Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift has got you covered. Designed for large scooters and power chairs with a weight capacity of 325 pounds, it makes transportation a breeze. Featuring auto-retractable ratchet tie-downs and an automatic fold system, this vehicle lift gives you the support you need to obtain the freedom you deserve.

Find the Right Fit with the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift

Our most popular automatic external lift solution, the Haulway® Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is designed with your convenience in mind. With a weight capacity of 275 pounds, the lift is equipped to carry medium to large three to four wheel scooters or medium-sized power chairs. Available for use on vehicles with a Class II or Class III hitch, the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect way to enjoy life on the road!

Keep it Simple with the Haulway Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift

For lightweight mobility devices, the HAULWAY Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect solution! Featuring a 175-pound weight capacity and an automatic tilt to secure your mobility device over steep inclines; this vehicle lift is the perfect way to transport your smaller mobility unit with ease.

Traveling with disabilities can be complicated but, with the right gear, you will be on the go in no time. To find the right fit for your travel needs, the EZ-ACCESS® Haulway® Lift Master is the simple way to find out which lift is ideal for your mobility device and vehicle.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are not only committed to ensuring you have the mobility solutions you need to enjoy life to the fullest, but we are devoted to continual improvement. That’s why we are proud to introduce the new Haulway portable battery pack. To find out more about this exciting new product, contact our team today!

Even the Toughest Conditions Won’t Stop Us

 

To build a better future, your access solution must be strong enough to stand up to the elements. At EZ-ACCESS, we are the front-runners in developing the updated answers you need to make your construction job site or industrial facility as tough as the people in it. With American-made materials, our products are time-tested to ensure your company stays compliant and provides the safety you need to protect your workers. Discover how we can help you explore uncharted territory to conquer even the toughest conditions.

Break Barriers with Construction Accessibility Solutions

At EZ-ACCESS, we understand that construction is the foundation in which we build the world. With improvements in job site safety and accessibility, you can utilize efficient loading ramps, stair systems and more to improve stability and increase access to crucial projects. Wary of the elements? No matter rain, sleet or snow, EZ-ACCESS has your site covered with powder coating options, giving your access equipment vital protection in a variety of colors customized to fit your needs. With these heavy-duty tools and examples from our construction projects gallery, your company will get the advantage to overcome the obstacles and get the job done.

Get the Edge with Increased Industrial Efficiency

To rocket past the competition, your industrial facility needs to be firing on all cylinders. To help promote productivity, EZ-ACCESS provides vital access options and products to make loading and unloading quicker without sacrificing safety. With our industrial accessibility solutions, your company can get the tailored answer it needs. From this, you can improve the bottom line and continue to explore new avenues of expansion.

Work Hard and Play Harder with Recreational Advances

Once the job is done, don’t let anything stop you from enjoying the benefits. EZ-ACCESS is ready to help with recreational accessibility solutions, perfect for providing access for individuals with limited mobility, as well as loading ramps to make transportation easier. With essential products from EZ-ACCESS, not only will you have the ability to get the work completed on the clock, but you will also have the tools to recharge at the end of a hard day.

At EZ-ACCESS, we take pride in creating access solutions to help your business reshape the world. No matter your industry, our products can help provide a safe and innovative answer to increasing productivity and efficiency. With over 30 years of experience and cutting-edge advances, EZ-ACCESS is the top choice to fight even the harshest conditions to complete the toughest projects. To find out more on how we can help your company redefine it’s accessibility standards, contact our team today.

 

Taking Access to a Whole New Level

At EZ-ACCESS, we firmly stand behind the rights of individuals, regardless of mobility restrictions. With 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States, attaining access to home and school sites is one of the most pressing needs in evolving a safe and equal world. Our team takes that commitment personally. With exciting advances in educational and residential access solutions, EZ-ACCESS is leading the way in generating parity and security. With these important steps, we can create a world that allows every individual, no matter their restrictions, to reach for the stars.

Building a Better Home with Residential Solutions

A home is about more than just brick and concrete. Its true foundation lies in the care and love of a family. At EZ-ACCESS, we are happy to be a partner in providing accessibility solutions for homes across the country. From thresholds to portable ramps, as well as lifts and flexible access systems,  our team has the products to make sure every family get-together, event, and visit is free of boundaries. By empowering each important loved one, gatherings are no longer tied to the issues that separate us, but are focused solely on the joyous events that bring families together. With creative and attainable ideas from our residential projects gallery, you can find the customized solution for your home and discover why EZ-ACCESS is about more than raw materials. We are dedicated to providing a constellation of work that exceeds restrictions to allow families to fly to new heights together.

Redefine Accessibility to Give All Students Equal Ground

The time a student spends in school is not just limited to mathematical equations and scientific theories. It is a vital building block in developing the person that they will eventually become. Lifelong friendships are formed, aspirations are born and dreams are created. For students with limited mobility, however, this crucial period of development can become marred by access restrictions. Not only does this hamper potential but it can signify possible isolation. That’s why EZ-ACCESS is committed to providing the tools to help schools create a welcoming and functional environment for all students. By incorporating our educational accessibility solutions, institutions can ensure that each child has the ability to conquer the world.

To take access to a new level, it is crucial to view mobility solutions as more than just a set of aluminum parts. At EZ-ACCESS, they are the gateway to providing inclusion so that every adult and child can be a star. As a family-owned company since 1984, our culture is unfaltering in its dedication to achieving this important goal. Contact our team today to find out why we remain the leader in creating advances in access solutions, and how we can help you reach the next level.

If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it

For your business needs, nobody understands the importance of providing secure and convenient accessibility like EZ-ACCESS. That’s why we have the products you need to create the perfect mobility solution, custom-fit, so that your company can evolve. With innovative design, superior service and unbeatable quality, find out how EZ-ACCESS can ensure your organization is light years above the competition!

Dream Away Expectations with Custom Projects

A key obstacle in developing your business is becoming overly reliant on conventional ideals. If you are blinded by tried and true methods, you can become complacent with your expectations. At EZ-ACCESS, we believe that catching a shooting star and growing your company begins with a dream. By throwing out your old ideas about access solutions, you can freely create advanced and effective processes that will allow you to stand out from the crowd. To redefine how you see access solutions, EZ-ACCESS has created unique special projects that top the market in adaptability. From this, we can provide a customized fit to any situation, regardless of your industry, and blast away from the black and white past.

Build a Better Future with Commercial Accessibility Solutions

If your business is reaching for the moon, don’t let accessibility obstacles keep your feet on the ground! Not only can we ensure compliance, but we also have the products to break down the barriers and create limitless opportunity. From installing ramps in order to increase shipment efficiencies to customizing stairs and platforms to take access to new heights, EZ-ACCESS is your partner in exploration and innovation. To see how we have worked in creating advances in business accessibility, view our commercial project gallery and learn more about our solution-based products. From this, your business will have the steps (and ramps) in place to soar past expectations.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are ready to help your business shine for years to come. By dismissing expectations and moving forward with how you view accessibility solutions, there is no limit to progress. With over 30 years of experience and a commitment to revolutionary ideas and products, the team at EZ-ACCESS is ready to help your company take flight. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help redefine the standards and stand atop the competition.

3 Winter Tips for Wheelchair Use

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The arrival of winter can bring plenty of opportunities for family fun, gatherings and games. However, for people affected by disabilities, it can also mean potential problems. Snow can create treacherous walkways, leaving those with limited mobility at a distinct disadvantage. By using these winter guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

  • Create Winter Tires

This winter, snow tires are not just for your car! Reinforcing the tires on your wheelchair can help you get through snowy walkways and uneven terrain. Not only will this help increase your traction, it is an easy and inexpensive safety addition you can do at home. Simply purchase sturdy plastic or nylon wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of your wheelchair’s tire and wheel. For manual wheelchairs, space 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and make sure the tie heads point slightly away from the tire. To avoid hurting your hands, the tie heads should be placed on the inside of the wheel and not downward under the tire. This will help dig into the snow to make for an easier ride.

  • Have a Back-Up Power Source

The winter weather can create additional obstacles for those with limited mobility. If you have an electric wheelchair or other medical equipment that requires electric power, be prepared with a back-up power source such as a portable generator.  This will ensure you are equipped in the event of an emergency.

  • Utilize Portable Ramps

To give you peace of mind no matter your location this winter, portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are a simple and versatile solution for those with limited mobility. These ramps can be easily transported to help you safely enter and exit vehicles as well as avoid snowy staircases and curbs. With a large variety of options as well as non-slip surfaces for additional traction, you can find the one best suited for your individual needs.

The upcoming winter months can be daunting, but with these helpful tips and products from EZ-ACCESS, you can enjoy this time of year to the fullest. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help you get the security you deserve year-round, contact our team today.

Reach to New Heights with the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System

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At EZ-ACCESS, we understand that mobility solutions should be versatile. That’s why our PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System provides the safest, fastest, and most efficient answer to your accessibility needs. With interchangeable options available, you are not only able to customize to fit your requirements, but you also have the flexibility to continue to upgrade. Find out why the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System has our clients raving!

Unbeatable Options

To get the access solution that fits your needs, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System can be outfitted with several options including stairs, gates, landing pads and angle platforms. The landing pad is ideal for a safe and solid landing at the bottom of the ramp run. This makes it effective for use in softer surfaces such as grass. Utilizing this option will allow you to eliminate the need to pour concrete. The angle platform allows for multi-dimensional angle changes and uses less space than traditional platforms, giving you the freedom you need.

Infinite Configurations

The PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System allows for infinite modular ramp and platform configurations, creating safe and seamless access for both standard and unique entryways. Choose from three surface options including solid, expanded metal and perforated, as well as three additional handrail options. Each option offers unique advantages, allowing you to pick the best feature for your project.

Hassel-Free Upkeep

Due to the aluminum design, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System is virtually maintenance free. Constructed from an environmentally friendly material, your system will not rot or rust. It also features a slip-resistant surface that will maintain traction in any weather condition. Since it does not rely on poured concrete, it does not affect the structure or value of your home. With quick and efficient installation, your home will instantly be upgraded with limited labor.

With countless options, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System is the perfect solution for your mobility needs. To find out more about how it can benefit you, contact our team at EZ-ACCESS today!

What You Can Do to Help People with Disabilities

 

ezaccess-blog_whatyoucandotohelpWith the end of the year approaching fast, it’s the perfect time to make a new year’s resolution. This year, instead of diet fads or gaudy purchases, make a commitment to helping those affected by disabilities. Not only can you improve their quality of life but you can also ensure that no child or adult ever gets left behind.

Become a Respite Provider

Showing your support for those affected by disabilities does not have to be costly. Becoming a respite provider is one of the most powerful aids to the families of those with limited mobility. These caretakers assist the family in attending appointments as well as in managing day-to-day tasks.  There is no special training or certification required to become a respite provider, but you do need to be 18 years or older, have a social security card and live outside the caregiver’s home. Additional skills such as CPR and first aid are also useful.

Fundraise

If time is too limited to become a respite provider, you can assist families by taking the steps to help fundraise for your favorite nonprofit organizations.  Most of charitable nonprofits rely upon the generosity of donors for all or some of their funding, making it an activity of major importance. To help, select an organization that is close to your heart such as Friends of Disabled Adults and Children or the United Spinal Association. Not only can you contribute a donation, you can also spread awareness to the cause by advocating on social media or sponsoring events with proceeds benefiting the charity. This helps raise valuable funds for research and gets more people involved to help further your efforts.

Join the Fight

For people affected by limited mobility, Medicare provides vital payment assistance. However, the new year may bring serious complications to those that rely on this service. Planned cuts to the program could impact critical components and accessories used by Complex Rehab wheelchair systems. These accessories are needed by people with significate disabilities such as ALS, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. To help fight for this crucial issue and ensure individuals get access to affordable equipment and care, email or call your Senators to show your support.

For families affected by disabilities, every day can be a fight. However, by providing crucial support, you can be the difference. At EZ-ACCESS, we understand the struggle. That’s why we are committed to providing the best possible products for individuals with limited mobility. Contact our team today to learn more about the services we provide.