Category: HAULWAY Chair Lift

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/.

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.

How to Safely Transport Your Mobility Scooter

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The sun is out and you’ve finally received that mobility scooter that is really going to take you places this summer.  The only problem is, you aren’t sure how you’ll get this mobility device to the mall, park or outdoor concert you’ve been hoping to use it at.  Don’t worry – EZ-ACCESS understands your predicament, and we have identified your three best choices for transporting that mobility scooter anywhere this summer!

  1. Public Transportation with Your Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters can only operate for a certain number of hours before the battery will need to be recharged.  For this reason, many mobility scooter users in cities choose to do some of their travel by bus or some other form or public transportation.  This allows you to save the battery life on your mobility scooter while still getting to your desired destination.

However, before heading to the bus stop with your mobility scooter, check to be sure your city’s public buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.  Know that in general, wheelchair or mobility scooter users are expected to load their mobility device within a 2 or 3 minute time period and that assistance will be available to secure the mobility device.  You will also need to be aware that most cities do not allow buses to operate a wheelchair lift on a hill, so travel to the nearest level ground bus stop.

  1. Portable Ramps for Your Mobility Scooter

Another option for transporting your mobility scooter is by using a portable ramp and your personal vehicle.   The length of portable ramp needed will depend on the floor height of your vehicle.  Use our incline calculator to determine the ramp length needed.  You should NEVER ride or drive your mobility scooter up a portable ramp, but instead set your mobility scooter to freewheel mode and push it up the ramp.

  1. Mobility Scooter Lift

If public transportation is not an option and your mobility device won’t easily fit in your personal vehicle, a great solution is to install a mobility scooter lift.  At EZ-ACCESS, we offer the HAULWAY product line which includes the HAULWAY™ Lite, Standard and HD lift to fit a variety of mobility scooter styles and sizes.

If you’re concerned with how to transport your mobility scooter, don’t wait to contact the friendly service team at EZ-ACCESS!  We’re here to help you live as safely and independently as possible!

What Makes HAULWAY The Safest External Vehicle Lift on the Market

What Makes HAULWAY The Safest Lift On the Market

With hundreds of dollars of equipment and your lifeline to mobility exposed to the world, transporting your power chair can raise concern. Ease it with HAULWAY lift systems. A fully boxed base frame, weight-bearing capacities up to 325 pounds, and top-of-line protection systems create a chair lift as secure as it is streamlined. Consider some of the features that make HAULWAY the safe option in mobility chair transport:

  • It conquers bumps in the road: Long gravel roads or main streets riddled with potholes pose just as minimal concern as if navigating your lift on smooth pavement. An integrated suspension system absorbs impact and helps your chair reorient around it.
  • Inclines aren’t an issue: Whether tackling a steep hill in your neighborhood or a steady climb up mountainous landscapes, put the fear of your mobility chair dislodging to rest. With an automatic tilt function, a HAULWAY lift will position your mobility device for maximum leverage, adjusting to changes in elevation swiftly and smoothly.
  • Restraints aren’t on your shoulders: Not only do straps and ropes tangle and create hassle, they also come with a high risk of error. An improper knot, a hook that breaks mid-ride, or a frayed strap that snaps can create an expensive problem in a matter of seconds. HAULWAY’s mechanical hold-down arm eliminates the time and focus that manual restraints demand, snugly keeping your mobility chair locked in place. Auto-retractable ratchet tie-downs also work to firmly secure your mobility chair to the lift.
  • It takes care of itself: Bumping into your lift when you round the corner can be a painful shock. The automatic fold feature prevents this pain, rising up and out of range when not in use.

Questions? Our team at EZ-ACCESS can answer them to help you select the power chair lift that suits your needs and lifestyle. Give us a call today!

Why We LOVE the HAULWAY Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift

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We tried, but we can’t hold it back:

We’re in love.

We’re in head over heels, heart pounding, makes-you-loopy love with the HAULWAY Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift! Rather than keeping it to ourselves, we want to share exactly why this lift makes the perfect partner for your mobility device:

  • It’s adaptable: Whether it’s a medium-sized scooter or a four-wheeled complex power chair, HAULWAY Standard won’t discriminate with its care. Holding weight capacities up to 275 pounds, it can accommodate a range of mobility devices. It’s ready to flex to your needs, with the addition of the optional Swingaway installation, which allows total access to your vehicle’s tailgate, rear door, and cargo area with utter ease.
  • It’s all about offering support: This love is built on security. The hold-down arm eliminates the need for cumbersome straps or rope, locking your mobility chair in place while on the move, and a full boxed frame offers added protection and peace of mind as it protects your precious cargo. Like a giant hug, the integrated suspension system even keeps your chair snugly in place to protect it from bumps in the road.
  • It’s there for you when and how you need it: Van? SUV? Truck? Take your pick. It works in tandem with any vehicle capable of supporting a Hitch Class level II or III, opening the door for easy transport adventures.
  • It picks up after itself: Talk about low maintenance. HAULWAY automatically folds up when not in use, neatly packing itself up out of your way without being told. With a quick turn of a key, the lift raises and lowers your mobility device with an automatic tilt to protect the safety of both you and your chair.
  • It’s in it for the long-term: Made with durable materials to withstand the toughest of storms, HAULWAY isn’t prepared to flake on you anytime soon. However, it comes with a three-year limited warranty to protect your purchase from life’s curveballs.

If you’re not feeling the love, HAULWAY offers other chair lift options to help you find The One. Let a representative at EZ-ACCESS know how they can play matchmaker to find the perfect accessibility product for you today!