Category: Home Accessibility Modifications

Designing your Home for Accessibility and Safety

The discussion of assisted living and nursing homes can be stressful and sensitive for all parties involved. It can be a difficult and costly decision to make. In 2016, a private room cost more than $92,378 a year, and with the average stay in a facility sitting a little over two years, the cost for a facility can amount to more than $184,000.

Before making the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home, consider home modification to allow them to stay within the comfort of their home. Actually, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. If you’re looking to make your or a loved one’s home adequately equipped so they can age in place, let us be your guide for things to consider as you look to make home modifications.

 Safety: The first step in the home modification process is to take a look at the safety of the home and recognize potential safety hazards. Can they move around without any tripping hazards? If there are doorways in the home that may have a lip, ledge, or step, consider using a TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp.

 Accessibility: Will you or your loved one be able to enter or exit the home? If there are multiple steps leading up to the home, our PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution for eliminating those hazardous heights. Don’t forget about the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener, which automatically opens and closes the front door with a push of a button so that those using a walker, cane, crutch, wheelchair, or power mobility device can easily get in and out of the doorway.

 Adaptability: The process of modifying a home is all about adapting to meet you or a loved one’s needs. Adding accessories to make their life easier is the key. If they’re using a walker or wheelchair add a tote or basket liner. Bathing and using the restroom can present certain challenges too. Our TILT® Toilet Incline Lift can help those who struggle with getting up from the seated position.

Beyond the cost benefits, allowing you or your loved one to age in their own home provides a little more comfort, independence, and safety. To learn how EZ-ACCESS products can help your home modification process, visit our residential page.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

10 Ways to Improve Wheelchair Accessibility in your Home

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As the winter days wind down and the sun starts to stay out for a little bit longer each day (we know, winter is still too long), many of us find ourselves thinking about the spring. One of the best parts about spring is that we get back to doing projects around the house. And while it’s fun to think about spring cleaning projects, or planting some new seeds in the garden, there are several changes you can make that can improve your home’s function by making it accessible to individuals with mobility devices. EZ-ACCESS is here to present you with 10 tips to make your home more accessible.

  1. Add ramps to entrances. The cost of this solution will vary based on the size of the ramp. Regardless of cost, though, ramps are an easy way to make your home accessible without having to do any heavy remodels.
  2. Install a platform lift. For home entrances where a ramp is impractical or difficult to install, a platform lift can be installed to easily lift mobility devices to a desired height.
  3. Remove rugs. While pretty to look at and valuable for decorative purposes, area rugs and throw rugs make it difficult for people in mobility devices to navigate.
  4. Change your flooring surface. While more expensive than removing a rug, getting rid of thick carpet in favor of hardwood or tile will make it much easier for people with limited mobility to get around your home.
  5. Install threshold ramps. Whether they’re being used to go from outdoors to inside or between rooms of your homes, threshold ramps help make your home safe by easing transitions between surfaces at different heights.
  6. Cordless phones are important. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many homes still have telephones with cords. Cordless phones or using only cell phones means you won’t be confined to one room if you have limited mobility.
  7. Lower the countertops. You may not think about this one very often, but for people who use the kitchen a lot, it’s obvious. Lowering countertops will make life easier for you to cook if you have limited mobility.
  8. Open doors easier. Lowering door knobs or putting automatic openers on your doors can be a huge added convenience.
  9. Install a walk-in tub. Bathrooms can be a dangerous place for anyone due to the slippery surfaces. A walk-in tub allows for an easy transition from wheelchair to tub.
  10. Make stairs safer. Install a stair lift to allow for easy transport up and down stairs in your home to reduce the risk of a fall.

 

If you or a loved one lives with limited mobility, these ten tips can help make life a little simpler at home. If you have questions about the solutions available through EZ-ACCESS, please feel free to contact us.