Category: Independent Wheelchair User

How to Customize Your Home’s Accessibility in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals with limited mobility, having a complete access system is the top priority in providing a safe and welcoming home. However, obtaining the customized and complete solution can be potentially overwhelming. To avoid any possible oversights, the team at EZ-ACCESS is ready to help with important safety products and guidelines to ensure easy entering and exiting of your home.

Step 1: Ramp it up

To safely access your home, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System provides the fastest and most efficient solution for those with limited mobility. Comprised of universal components and interchangeable surfaces with several handrail options, it is the perfect customized alternative to a traditional wood or portable ramp. Made from durable American materials, the PATHWAY 3G will withstand any elements and, by utilizing our powder coating option, you can easily match it to the exterior of your home. Since the system is made of ramps, handrails, stairs, and platforms, it can be combined and configured in a variety of ways that can continue to be reformatted to fit possible future changes.

Step 2: Avoid the Curb

Once you have your PATHWAY 3G in place at the exterior of your home, the next obstacle is right at the doorway. In order to provide extra security, the TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the simple and durable answer to your needs. By placing a mat on the entrance or exit, you can ensure that your mobility device continues to move smoothly. Made from 100 percent recycled rubber and available in three colors, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat does not interfere with door tracks so you are guaranteed to get the help you need to conquer the threshold.

Step 3: Open the Doorway

After you have ensured a safe entrance and exit to you home, don’t overlook the actual doorway! To increase accessibility, the CONCIERGE® Power Door Opener is a cost-effective and lightweight option that is perfect for doors that need to have the ability to be automatically opened. Since it does not require modification to your door or jambs, it can be installed quickly and plugged right into a regular 115-vac wall outlet. With additional safety features including an adjustable hold-open timer plus an automatic load-sensor to avoid potential obstruction, you and your loved ones can rest easier.

Although living with limited mobility can provide obstacles, by taking these vital steps you can guarantee your home is secure. To find out more about how these products can work together to form the customized access solution that fits your needs, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS 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.

Adding Independence & Accessibility In Your Home

There are several modifications you can make to help add accessibility to your home.

There are several modifications you can make to help add accessibility to your home.

 

EZ-ACCESS offers a variety of products to help those with limited mobility to maneuver in, out and around the home. Adding a wheelchair ramp to the entrance of your home is one of the best ways you can make your home safer and easier for those in a wheelchair or scooter to enter and exit.

In observance of Senior Independence Month, we want to share some solutions to help ensure that the inside of your home is easily accessible for seniors and those with limited mobility. Some are inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects while others will require professional work. Evaluate your home to see where improvements can be made to make your home easier for everyone to move through. You may only need to make modifications in one room or the entire house!

Bathroom Accessibility Improvements

The bathroom can be a challenging room for those in a wheelchair to maneuver through. Bathrooms are typically small and often have many obstructions that make it difficult to get around. Something simple like raising the toilet seats will make it easier for someone to get in and out of their wheelchair if they need to reach the toilet. Bath tubs and showers can also be dangerous because of the wet surfaces and lack of stable places to use for support. Adding grab bars to the tub and shower will make it easier for someone using a wheelchair or scooter to make the transfer from their chair to the tub. You can also check out our accessibility accessories to find items that make bathing easier and safer.

Home Modifications for Accessibility

More changes can be made throughout the home to make it easier for those with limited mobility. These modifications, however, will require more work. The typical width of a wheelchair is 32” or 36”. Widening the doorways to accommodate this size opens up more of the home to those in a wheelchair. Kitchen countertops and cupboards can also be lowered to allow someone sitting to easily access or reach something.

If you are looking for more ideas on how you can improve the layout of your home to accommodate to those with limited mobility, contact EZ-ACCESS. If you have the ideas but are searching for the right products, you can find them in our online catalog.

Planning for a Winter Emergency

It's important to be prepared for a winter emergency when the weather is cold and the snow is flying.

It’s important to be prepared for a winter emergency when the weather is cold and the snow is flying.

 

For many of us, it would be great if winter were over after we had finished unwrapping presents for the holidays and opening bottles of champagne to celebrate the New Year. Unfortunately for those of us that feel that way, we still have several months of cold, unpredictable weather ahead of us. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be prepared for the winter should the weather turn nasty, as this is especially important for individuals with limited mobility.

Keep a Supply of Non-Perishable Food

It’s always been true that Mother Nature is fickle and can be unpredictable. During the winter months, you could see a situation where your town is buried under snow that makes travel impossible and creates a winter emergency for several days (just ask Buffalo, New York). If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll be thankful to have items like canned soup, peanut butter and packaged pastas like macaroni & cheese. These are foods that have long shelf lives that will keep you fed until the weather improves. Most of them have the added benefit of being easy to prepare, which is a plus for those with limited mobility.

Have a Plan to Shovel Driveways and Ramps

If you have limited mobility, it’s going to be difficult to get out a shovel to make sure you can get in and out of your home. Finding a friend, family member or neighbor to help clear snow away is going to be essential to ensuring that access points are clear of snow and ice, which can be especially dangerous if they build up on your ramps or lifts that allow access to your home.

The first step in handling any emergency weather situation is being prepared and having a plan of action. EZ-ACCESS has the residential ramps that can make sure you can get in and out of your home, regardless of the weather. Contact us to find out how we can help set one up for you today.

Seated Fitness: Limited Mobility Exercise

Burn off the calories from Halloween candy with these wheelchair exercise ideas
 
Halloween will be here at the end of the week, and that means candy, lots and lots of candy. The first week of November is sure to be filled with people hitting their gyms to try and burn off the calories from all the extra sugar from all the candy, and that includes people with limited mobility that need to use wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
And while it may take some different exercises, EZ-ACCESS has some ideas to help our clients with limited mobility burn off those sugar calories from Halloween. These exercises may be useful for losing weight after Halloween, but they also work throughout the rest of the year, too.

  • Free weights: One of the advantages of free weights is that they are still easy to use for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are plenty of upper-body exercises that you can do with free weights that give your arms and chest a solid workout. It’s important to remember to start with a weight you’re comfortable with and add more weight or reps as you get stronger.
  • Wheelchair push-ups: If you’re not comfortable with lifting weights, you can still build strength in your arms and chest. By locking the brakes of your wheelchair and using the arm rests to stabilize yourself, you can lift yourself off the seat of the wheelchair and then sit back down slowly. You can add more reps as you build strength.
  • Keep up the cardio: Raising your heart rate can do wonders for your entire body, rather than focusing all your attention on one muscle group. Wheeling around the track is a great way work up a sweat, improve your overall fitness and get a great arm workout. You can also play a game of wheelchair basketball if you’re looking for a team sport to keep you active.

Contact us at EZ-ACCESS to see if we have anything that might help you in your efforts to be more active.

independent wheelchair users

Choosing a Mobility Ramp for the Independent Wheelchair User

Last week, we addressed how to choose the right size in portable ramp depending on your vehicle or landing height.  This week, we take the topic one step farther for those independent wheelchair users that plan to visit friends’ homes, businesses and other unknown destinations.  Read on to learn how to choose a mobility ramp for multiple purposes.
One of the most depressing issues a new wheelchair user faces is limited access to homes of friends and family members.  The wheelchair user may feel like their world is getting smaller and places they used to frequent are not accessible for their new device.  Our job is to open up the possibilities and get them back to their old stomping grounds again.
“My patient was so excited to be able to participate in his weekly poker game that he had missed for months, with his 8’ TRIFOLD ramp from EZ-ACCESS”, said Jennifer S. (Marysville, WA).
Where do you want to be able to go that you’re not able to go to now?
Our first step is to determine who will be setting up the mobility ramp.  If this independent wheelchair user travels solo and will need to setup the ramp alone, we start exploring the Advantage Series Line.  The Advantage Series Line is our first recommendation for independent wheelchair users because it is the easiest to deploy alone, allowing the wheelchair user to move just half of the ramp at a time.
Our next step is to determine length and weight needs.  In order to access multiple heights, we would recommend the longer Suitcase Advantage Series ramps that come up to 6 feet in length, clearing up to 3 standard steps and some minivans or SUVs, or the even larger Trifold Advantage Series line which is available in 10 feet in length, clearing up to 4 standard steps as well as minivans and some SUVs.
The defining factor for the large trifold ramp is transportability.  With the disconnecting design of the trifold ramp, wheelchair users can carry each side independently to lighten the load.  The Trifold Advantage Series ramp is easily separated into two sections each with their own carrying handle.
Overall, in order to get the best absolute result, we recommend that you contact EZ-ACCESS and discuss your accessibility goals with our experienced customer service team.  If there are still destinations that you cannot reach with a portable ramp, but plan to visit frequently, you may need to discuss a modular ramp or platform lift with the homeowner or business owner.  Whatever your goal, let us know so we can help!