Category: Life Tips

Ways to Get Ready for National Preparedness Month

As National Preparedness Month comes into full swing, it’s important to take steps to keep your family safe. Disaster can happen anytime or anywhere so planning ahead and being prepared is always a good approach. EZ-ACCESS has created this list of simple steps to take in order to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Create a first aid kit.

Be sure to keep a first aid kit in your car, at home, at work, etc. Although we hope it’s never needed, this kit will be your next best friend and provides temporary support until you can get help. You should also have food and water in your kit in case you are stuck somewhere without access to essentials.

  1. Know where community shelters and food banks are near you.

If you are without food, water, or shelter, knowing where to find the necessities is extremely important. It’s also a good idea to check the shelter’s protocol for disasters so you know what to expect if you need to go.

  1. Sign up for phone alerts and warnings in your area.

These alerts will warn you of impending tornados, floods, or other natural disasters. It’s a great feature and can prevent injury and save lives. To be effective, these alerts need to be heard so be sure to set your phone settings to receive them at all times, no matter the time of day or night.

  1. Have an escape route or evacuation plan for your home and community.

Practice with an emergency drill and be sure to include your pets. Knowing how to get out of your home the quickest and safest way, along with knowing which roads to take as you leave town, will help you safely get out of harm’s way.

  1. Identify a safe point where everyone can meet if you get split up.

In the event someone gets lost or groups get split up, have a planned meeting place and a way to stay in communication with each other. One solution is to be sure that everyone has a walkie talkie in case cell service is lost.

  1. Take care of others during a disaster.

If you are able to go around and check on others safely, then do it. Look out for your neighbors and know which ones may not be able to leave their homes safely. Our elderly neighbors are particularly vulnerable, so please include them in your planning.

  1. For the upcoming cold weather, be sure to have extra supplies.

In your vehicle, make sure you have blankets, coats, hats, and gloves for each person in the car. If your vehicle breaks down or you are involved in an accident, you will be prepared with warm clothing to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

It’s always important to remember that disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. We hope you never have to encounter a natural disaster, but if you do, being prepared can reduce panic and keep your friends and family safe. How do you plan to engage in preparedness actions this month?

3 Winter Tips for Wheelchair Use

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The arrival of winter can bring plenty of opportunities for family fun, gatherings and games. However, for people affected by disabilities, it can also mean potential problems. Snow can create treacherous walkways, leaving those with limited mobility at a distinct disadvantage. By using these winter guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

  • Create Winter Tires

This winter, snow tires are not just for your car! Reinforcing the tires on your wheelchair can help you get through snowy walkways and uneven terrain. Not only will this help increase your traction, it is an easy and inexpensive safety addition you can do at home. Simply purchase sturdy plastic or nylon wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of your wheelchair’s tire and wheel. For manual wheelchairs, space 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and make sure the tie heads point slightly away from the tire. To avoid hurting your hands, the tie heads should be placed on the inside of the wheel and not downward under the tire. This will help dig into the snow to make for an easier ride.

  • Have a Back-Up Power Source

The winter weather can create additional obstacles for those with limited mobility. If you have an electric wheelchair or other medical equipment that requires electric power, be prepared with a back-up power source such as a portable generator.  This will ensure you are equipped in the event of an emergency.

  • Utilize Portable Ramps

To give you peace of mind no matter your location this winter, portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are a simple and versatile solution for those with limited mobility. These ramps can be easily transported to help you safely enter and exit vehicles as well as avoid snowy staircases and curbs. With a large variety of options as well as non-slip surfaces for additional traction, you can find the one best suited for your individual needs.

The upcoming winter months can be daunting, but with these helpful tips and products from EZ-ACCESS, you can enjoy this time of year to the fullest. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help you get the security you deserve year-round, contact our team today.

What You Can Do to Help People with Disabilities

 

ezaccess-blog_whatyoucandotohelpWith the end of the year approaching fast, it’s the perfect time to make a new year’s resolution. This year, instead of diet fads or gaudy purchases, make a commitment to helping those affected by disabilities. Not only can you improve their quality of life but you can also ensure that no child or adult ever gets left behind.

Become a Respite Provider

Showing your support for those affected by disabilities does not have to be costly. Becoming a respite provider is one of the most powerful aids to the families of those with limited mobility. These caretakers assist the family in attending appointments as well as in managing day-to-day tasks.  There is no special training or certification required to become a respite provider, but you do need to be 18 years or older, have a social security card and live outside the caregiver’s home. Additional skills such as CPR and first aid are also useful.

Fundraise

If time is too limited to become a respite provider, you can assist families by taking the steps to help fundraise for your favorite nonprofit organizations.  Most of charitable nonprofits rely upon the generosity of donors for all or some of their funding, making it an activity of major importance. To help, select an organization that is close to your heart such as Friends of Disabled Adults and Children or the United Spinal Association. Not only can you contribute a donation, you can also spread awareness to the cause by advocating on social media or sponsoring events with proceeds benefiting the charity. This helps raise valuable funds for research and gets more people involved to help further your efforts.

Join the Fight

For people affected by limited mobility, Medicare provides vital payment assistance. However, the new year may bring serious complications to those that rely on this service. Planned cuts to the program could impact critical components and accessories used by Complex Rehab wheelchair systems. These accessories are needed by people with significate disabilities such as ALS, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. To help fight for this crucial issue and ensure individuals get access to affordable equipment and care, email or call your Senators to show your support.

For families affected by disabilities, every day can be a fight. However, by providing crucial support, you can be the difference. At EZ-ACCESS, we understand the struggle. That’s why we are committed to providing the best possible products for individuals with limited mobility. Contact our team today to learn more about the services we provide.

 

How to Maintain Your Modular Ramp this Winter

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Investing in modular ramps are a crucial component to aiding individuals affected by disabilities as well as providing important on-site industrial access. However, harsh weather can wear down vital pieces. This winter, don’t let snow and ice damage your system. With these key steps from EZ-ACCESS, you will be able to ensure longevity and protect your mobility investment.

Step 1: Prevention is Key

Prior to expectant snowfall, anti-icing chemicals can provide additional safety. Often used on roads, these solutions are applied to concrete and metal surfaces before snow or ice accumulation to prevent potential buildup.

Step 2: Keep it Clear

Snow buildup can cause your modular ramps to become slick and dangerous. Ensure the surfaces are clear and free of snow and ice by shoveling or sweeping the snow. Next, apply magnesium chloride, or rock salt, to the ramps and platforms.  This will help melt the snow and prevent slippage. To stay on top of the weather, always sweep your ramps even after a light dusting of snow. Doing so will help prevent dangerous buildup.

Step 3: Take Advantage of Powder Coating

In order to further defend your access equipment from snow and ice damage, EZ-ACCESS offers powder coating options. This spray powder produces a much thicker coating then conventional liquid and ensures that your valuable investment has additional protection. Available in black, brown or tan, the coating is easy to blend in with your home or business’ architectural style and still provide you with the elemental protection you need.

Winter provides ample opportunity for snow and ice damage to your modular ramp system. Utilizing these steps can help combat the weather and ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help provide mobility assistance for the upcoming months, contact our team today.

 

Does Thinking Positive Really Make Life Better? Try These Tips in 2016 & See

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Did you know that the key to a brighter future could simply be changing your mindset?  Recent studies have shown that positive thought can actually lead to a better life.  In our industry, the team at EZ-ACCESS comes across individuals every day who have had hardships, yet improved their life dramatically by the way they look at their life.  Going in to 2016, we hope you try these tips for positive thinking and make it your year!

Never Say Never – Did your mother ever tell you, “The mood you have for the day is up to you”?  As it turns out, she was right!  The words you let bounce around in your head dictate the actions you do or don’t take.  Keep those words like “can’t”, “won’t”, and “never” in check, and embrace your positive self-talk, even if you have to fake it ‘til you make it!

Keep Those Eyes Open – If you close your eyes as a car slides towards you through an intersection, will it still hit you?  Most likely, it will.  The same goes for your stressors.  Keep your eyes open and confront your stress.  Don’t let it drag you down.  You must acknowledge the negatives in your life in order to create a plan of attack.

Be Happy Optimistic – To feel happy is to feel everything amplified: the sky looks brighter, your day looks less stressful, and everyone looks a little kinder. However, happiness is situational and based on an emotion that fades fast. Optimism, however, is in your hands. It’s believing that you’re responsible for creating and maintaining your own happiness. Look at a situation, identify all the positives and negatives it can reap, and choose to hold onto those positives.

A happier you isn’t discovered overnight, but embracing positive thinking today gives you a longer lifetime to find it. Reach out to us at EZ-ACCESS and let us know what we can do to help improve your life today.