Category: Accessible Travel Tips

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!

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!

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!

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, contact our team today.

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!

Top Wheelchair Safety Tips for Fall Outdoor Activities

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As fall approaches, daytime temperatures decrease and trees begin to shed their leaves. These crisp fall days make for some of the best outdoor activities. Don’t let your wheelchair stop you from taking advantage of the season! The team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help with a few outdoor wheelchair safety tips:

Preparing for the Weather
Be sure to check the weather in your area before heading for your fall outing. Keep your eye in the sky, but also on the surface your navigating. Precipitation of any kind will make the ground you are traveling slick and prone to slipping. Remember that when using ramps, a wet surface makes uphill wheeling difficult and downhill wheeling dangerous. Most importantly, take your time.

Balancing Off-Road Surfaces
When participating in fall festivities outdoors, thicker tires work better for traversing difficult terrain. Be cautious of potholes, large rocks, and sandy areas. These hazards create an imbalance for your wheelchair. As soon as you are over the off-road surface, clean off your tires to avoid unwanted tipping or spinning.

Navigating Nighttime
Making yourself visible is the number one priority, especially in parking lots or along roadways. Keep in mind, a dimly lit wheelchair shape is unexpected for motorists, thus their response time to your presence is delayed.  Be proactive by attaching lights or reflectors to your chair before heading out on any fall excursions that may carry into the night.

Keep in mind, EZ-ACCESS can provide many wheelchair accessories to make your excursion even easier such as chair packs and covers, and welcome the fall season safely by following these tips!

Accessible Playground: What it is and how to find one near you

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Not long ago, an exciting trend began popping up across the United States, accessible playgrounds. This is an exciting trend in the playground world because it is an inclusive and accessible environment. EZ-ACCESS is dedicating this blog to telling you what an accessible playground is and how you can locate an accessible playground for your child to enjoy.

What is an accessible playground?

An accessible playground is an inclusive and accessible environment for all children to play without restrictions because of a wheelchair. These types of playgrounds make it easy for children in wheelchairs to feel like they have a place to play without thinking about their wheelchair holding them back. These playgrounds have been popping up to comply with ADA guidelines and communities that want accessible playgrounds.

How do I find an accessible playground?

There are more accessible playgrounds out there than you may think. Exciting news: nearly every state in the USA has an accessible playground! There is even a directory of accessible playgrounds so you can see which cities in your state have these playgrounds for your children to enjoy.

Where are the accessible playgrounds in Washington?

Washington has quite a few accessible playgrounds to choose from, depending on where you live.

Cresent Creek Park- Gig Harbor, Washington: This Park is an all-ability with all-inclusive play equipment for children of all abilities. The park offers access for adults of limited ability as well.

Discovery Playground and Sensory Garden- Auburn, Washington: From water jets to easily accessible pathways, this is the perfect summertime fun spot for children of all abilities. Raised plant beds at the sensory garden can help wheelchair users see all that it has to offer.

Meadow Crest Park- Renton, Washington: Another accessible part in a different area of Washington state. View all the rest of the accessible parks here.

EZ-ACCESS hopes you are able to enjoy these parks for the rest of the summer into the fall season. Learn more about our accessibility ramps for your home.

Celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month with Accessible Outdoor Activities

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July is National Parks & Recreation Month and we at EZ-Access want to help you get out and enjoy your local parks, trails and summertime activities! From identifying easily accessible outdoor areas to joining a local adaptive sports team, EZ-Access is prepared to get you involved with Parks and Recreation Month.

Identifying Accessible Parks and Trails

In recent years, new guidelines have been put in place to help make parks and trails more easily accessible for those with limited mobility. Newer or recently updated parks will be your best bet when looking for a park that can support your mobility needs. These newer parks and trails should include modifications such as wider trails, smoother surfaces, a decrease in hills and major slopes, and accessible routes to campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, etc.

Summertime Adaptive Sports

Many communities offer adaptive sports for those with disabilities. From golfing to kayaking, there are a variety of adaptive sports available in the summer months for both kids and adults. These modified sports can include adaptive equipment or rules, offer exciting exercise to get you active and can provide comradery and friendship by working with a team. Interested in trying a specific sport? Disabled Sports USA has resources for adaptive sports all across America.

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting outdoors, spending time in the park or joining an adaptive sports program, research what your community offers. There are many national organizations that help get accessible parks and recreational activities in cities across the United States. There may even be a local organization near you! Consider joining an organization that helps provide communities with accessible outdoor areas or an organization that helps develop adaptive sports programs for local communities.

EZ-Access hopes that you will join in the celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month and get involved with your community. As always, feel free to visit us or contact us today if you have any home or commercial accessibility questions!

Tips to Travel Safe with Your Wheelchair for National Safety Month

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Are you planning a summer vacation, but you’re unsure what precautions to take to keep you and your mobility equipment safe?  The EZ-ACCESS team understands your concerns.  In honor of National Safety Month, here are a few items to keep in mind when traveling with your mobility device this summer.

  1. Use Your Portable Mobility Ramp Safely

Mobility ramps are our area of expertise and we can’t stress enough how important it is to use your portable mobility ramp in the way it was designed to be used.  This means to only use your ramp at the proper incline, be mindful of weight restrictions and store properly to avoid injury.

  1. Take Along Backup Equipment

Be prepared for anything by remembering to pack replacement parts and backup batteries/chargers.  If your mobility device is battery operated, what is your plan of action in case of a power outage?

  1. Beat the Heat

Heat and hydration is extremely important in the summer, especially for wheelchair users.  Have a plan for staying hydrated throughout the day and know the signs of heat stroke.  Watch for our next blog where we cover the signs of dehydration and heat stroke in detail.

  1. Plan Ahead

Be prepared for any accessibility issues beforehand.  You can do this by calling the places you are visiting to discuss your needs.  This will give you more peace-of-mind and allow the hotel, restaurant or other destination to prepare for your arrival.

Now that you know these four simple precautions, go out and enjoy your summer.  Remember to use your ramp correctly, bring replacements, stay hydrated and call ahead.  If you have questions about how to properly use your portable mobility ramp, contact the helpful customer service team at EZ-ACCESS!

3 Must-Haves for Summer Air Travel with Your Mobility Device

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Summertime is quickly approaching, which means summer vacations are just around the corner!  Though summertime vacationing is a great way to enjoy the warm summer months, traveling through airports with equipment for those with limited mobility, such as a wheelchair, mobility scooter or a power chair, can quickly become discouraging or frustrating.

EZ-ACCESS wants to make your time traveling through airports a little easier.  The first step in successfully and comfortably flying with limited mobility is being well prepared.  Start with notifying your airline well in advance that you or your loved one will be traveling with a wheelchair, mobility scooter or power chair.  Next, consider these tips when preparing your equipment to fly hassle-free to your destination.

  • Check to make sure your equipment is in good working condition. Be sure to check and double check any power equipment for warn parts or parts that may need to be replaced. Nothing would hinder a great summer vacation more than having unexpected accidents or break downs with your equipment!
  • Pack a small repair kit. After you have checked your equipment and made sure it is in good working condition, it is a safe idea to pack a small repair kit just in case. Minor tools, batteries or portable parts are just some items that you could bring along in your repair kit while on vacation.
  • Label your chair and detachable parts. While traveling through airports and airport security, it will highly benefit you to label your equipment with your name. This will ensure that your chair will be returned to you when you land at your destination.  Also, consider using a gate delivery tag to be extra sure that your equipment will be returned to you when you land.

Once you have landed at your destination, be sure that all transportation arrangements are ready to go so that you can start your vacation as soon as you arrive.  EZ-ACCESS can help you stay prepared with portable ramps and supplies to make your summer vacation the very best that it can be.