Category: Home Accessibility Modifications

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.

The Home Danger Zones for Individuals with Limited Mobility

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Outside your house, the world poses unique obstacles when living with limited mobility. However, without proper adjustments, danger could be lurking in your own home, too. In honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month, EZ-ACCESS has identified red-alert areas and modifications to make your home a safe haven.

Kitchen Dangers:

  • Stovetops: Knobs stationed at the back of stovetops force wheelchair-bound chefs to reach across hot burners to operate. Reduce the risk by choosing stovetops with knobs and push-buttons on the front panel. Additionally, consider installing a mirror above the stove to check on food as it cooks rather than removing pans and risking hot spills.
  • Counters: Ceramic or marble countertops become slick with juice when chopping fruits and veggies, making an accidental slip of a knife likely. Gain stability with nonslip or rubberized cutting mats or boards for an added grip while you prep.
  • Shelving: A container stashed too high on the shelf or too far back in the cupboard requires a reach, which can upset your balance and send you tumbling. Shelves that slide out or revolving Lazy Susan cupboards bring the item right to you, no awkward stretching required.

Bathroom Dangers:

  • Sinks: To accommodate wheelchairs, some sinks expose plumbing pipes. Hot water flowing through the system can heat pipes to a point that causes serious burns. Cover with insulation or box them in to prevent a surprise scalding.
  • Tubs: Transferring from chair to tub requires coordination, putting your limited balance to the test. The possibility of slips, bumps, and missteps are endless without the proper assistance gear. A simple grab bar installed to a wall or the interior of a shower can make all the difference, as can swivel-style shower seats, roll-in showers, and benches that extend past the bathtub.
  • Toilets: Much like chair-to-tub action, maneuvering from one seat to another poses risk when accessing the toilet. A seat riser for your toilet evens the playing field and makes the move easier, and safety rails provide a sturdy place for leaning and regaining balance.
  • Flooring: Ceramic and tile floors paired with splashing water from sinks and tubs create the perfect storm for an impending slip. Placing non-slip bath matts in front of the sink, tub, and bathroom door still provide easy access for walkers and wheelchairs while reducing the risk of taking a tumble.

Your home should be a place of rest, not risk. EZ-ACCESS encourages you to maintain your independence with smart solutions to daily challenges. Give us a call at 800-451-1903 to find out more solutions for accessibility in your home such as ramps, power chair lifts, platform lifts and accessible bathing products!

Using Home Furnishings to Improve Home Safety

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Home means a lot of things to a lot of people. For many of us, it is a place of safety and comfort. But, how do you make sure your home is still safe when you or a loved one is living with limited mobility? Fear not, because EZ-ACCESS is here to help. September is National Home Furnishings Month, and we’re here to provide you with ideas on how to not only keep your home stylish, but also add functionality and safety for individuals with limited mobility.

Door Threshold Ramps

For older homes, many doors may be difficult to access using a power chair, mobility scooter, manual wheelchair or other mobility aids. Door threshold ramps are an ideal solution that provide an easy transition between doors and other uneven surfaces throughout the home.

Portable Ramps

Individuals living with limited mobility are still as active as they can be, and that means traveling. Portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are easy to carry and lightweight, but sturdy enough to withstand repeated use. While designed for travel, our portable ramps can also be set up at home to make entering and exiting your home easier.

Wheelchair Lift

A more permanent solution that can be installed in your home, wheelchair lifts make it easier to access porches and decks when there may not be room for another mobility solution like a ramp. EZ-ACCESS’ Passport Vertical Lift is designed for easy installation and can handle weights of up to 750 pounds to make sure your home is accessible, no matter how much space you have.

At EZ-ACCESS, it is our mission to provide accessibility solutions that make your home better and easier to navigate. To find out which ramp might be best for your home, please use our ramp selector tool. And, if you’re ready to make a purchase, you can use our dealer locator tool to find a vendor who sells EZ-ACCESS products near you.

 

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2

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In honor of April Fool’s Day, we started this two-part series on home safety evaluations.  In the previous blog post, we covered home safety evaluations for the entryway, floor and electrical.  If you’re visiting this page from the previous post, read on to continue your home evaluation with kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!

Kitchen

When evaluating the kitchen, keep in mind that most kitchen injuries are caused by reaching for something.  Look at how your loved one will access and operate common appliances like the fridge, microwave and stove.  Controls placed at the front of the stove prevent your loved one from reaching over burners.  Also, take a look at the ventilation in the kitchen.  Poor ventilation can lead to kitchen fires.

The next step in the kitchen is to review countertops.  Are countertops at the right height to allow your loved one to complete their tasks?  Do you have the most commonly used items on the countertop to avoid lifting and carrying?  Are utensils easy to grab without moving around the kitchen?  Check for all of these items when examining the kitchen.

Bathroom

According to the National Institute on Aging, 80 percent of falls each year in seniors over age 65 occur in the bathroom, making this one of the most important rooms you will evaluate today.  Just like rugs, you’ll need to make sure bathroom mats are secure to the floor, and just like the kitchen countertops, make sure all commonly used items are easily reachable.  You’ll also want to examine the tub and toilet areas to be sure there are enough grab bars and proper footing.

Basic Maintenance

Basic maintenance is another commonly missed issue.  Many falls in the home occur because the individual is trying to change a light bulb or complete other standard home maintenance.  The easy fix for this is to make sure your loved one has a sturdy stepladder.

For more on home accessible solutions and proper home evaluations, reach out to our EZ-ACCESS customer service team.  Our customer service representatives are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to home accessibility and would be happy to offer advice or connect you with a home accessibility expert in your area!

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 1

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Happy April Fool’s Day!  We, at EZ-ACCESS, are taking this opportunity to remind you that accessible home safety is no joking matter.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released statistics stating “one in three adults aged 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of these falls lead to moderate or severe injuries” so take action now.  Evaluate your home or the home of your aging loved ones for safety concerns and get these issues address immediately.

Here are a few tips for evaluating a home today:

Home Entryways

For entryways, you are focused completely on what it takes to get into the home safely.  Take a close look at how well lit the entrance is, how easy it is to get to the front door, how easily can the individual unlock and use the door handle and what the welcome mat situation is.  A common hazard we come across is welcome mats that easily shift around, making them easy to trip on.

Inside the entryway, predict what your loved one will be doing.  If they take off their shoes and hang up their coat, evaluate how they can safely do this.  You may consider adding a sturdy bench.

Concerned with your home entry?  Check out EZ-ACCESS’ line of door threshold ramps for smaller transitions, semi-permanent ramps or wheelchair lifts for higher entry solutions.

Floors

Just the floor alone can be highly dangerous.  If your home has wood or tiled flooring, the surface can often be slick, and if you’ve placed throw rugs or mats down, go ahead and call the ambulance.   When it comes to rugs or mats, either use adhesive strips to stick them to the floor or remove them entirely.  For carpeting, make sure the carpet is in good shape and not balling up or rolling in areas.

Electrical

While you are down evaluating the floor, make sure to check the outlets, cords and extension cords.  We typically discourage the use of extension cords or cords running under walkways as these can be dangerous tripping hazards.  If you’re willing do a little electrical work on the home, consider installing outlets at mid-room level for easy access, less bending and less cord hazards.

Also, use this time to evaluate the indoor lighting.  Check that hallways and doors are well lit, and that light switches are accessible and easy for your loved one to use.

Continue walking through your accessible home evaluation by reading our next blog post “Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2,” covering kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!