Category: Mobility Device Users

It’s a Pair with EZ-ACCESSORIES®

For individuals with limited mobility, life doesn’t slow down! Keeping on the move is an essential way to maintain independence, stay fit and improve your overall health. However, transportation can be difficult if you have no place to store vital equipment.  If your access gear is slowing you down, EZ-ACCESS has got you covered with our line of EZ-ACCESSORIES. Together, we can find the perfect pair!

Wheelchair

If you are a wheelchair user, EZ-ACCESS has a wide variety of options to keep your personal belongings safe. You can be sure to find the perfect product to fit your needs. For shopping, the Wheelchair Back is a heavy-duty solution and can be easily attached to the back of the wheelchair with adjustable straps, giving you the freedom you need to keep moving. If you need a more lightweight option, the Wheelchair Underneath Carrier can be attached underneath your chair to hold papers, books or magazines. To get the best of both worlds, our Wheelchair Pack provides a large, durable pack with deep pockets behind the wheelchair and includes outside mesh pockets. These pockets keeps your necessary items, such as a phone or tablet, handy and still provides liberal room for storage.

Scooter

Scooters and power chairs provide needed assistance for individuals with limited mobility, however, they can be inadequate when it comes to storage. To keep important items close, the Scooter & Power Chair Pack is easy to install over the back of the seat for a comfortable and secure fit. If you need even closer coverage, the Scooter Arm Tote keeps your personal belongs safely within reach.

Walker

Although baskets can be handy for storing larger items in your walker, it can be less than reliable for smaller items such as phones or keys. To add more privacy and security, EZ-ACCESS recommends the Walker Basket Liner. Not only does it come with two expandable pouches to hold larger items like beverage containers, but it also includes a zippered pocket for smaller or more personal objects. If your needs extend past a typical basket, the Walker Carryon is the functional answer to your traveling problems. Available in two styles, including a side or front mount, this spacious storage container has several individual pockets in a variety of sizes so you can easily access your belongings.

Crutches

Although crutches provide convenient assistance for a wide variety of conditions, they can also be one of the most difficult items to maneuver. Since your hands are consistently at work, carrying essential items becomes extremely difficult. For a convenient and easy solution, the Universal Crutch Pouch can be fitted to a cane or crutch to provide you with the storage you need.

Although staying on the move can come with potential obstacles for people affected by limited mobility, securing these essential products can ensure you have the peace of mind needed to stay safe no matter where life takes you. To find out more about how EZ-ACCESS can help you, contact our team today!

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

De-Winterizing Your Ramp

Windows rolled down, sweaters packed in storage, and house scrubbed within an inch of its life. It’s most certainly springtime – but nobody had to tell you twice! EZ-ACCESS encourages you to pay your wheelchair ramp the same springy TLC to rid it of winter grime and prepare it for the warmer months ahead:

  1. Spray it down: Though it’s a relief to wave goodbye to winter, the snowy season leaves behind dirt, sand, and salt build-up from longs months of de-icing your ramp. Kick start the cleaning process by running a hose over the surface to remove as much surface-level gunk as possible. Let it air dry completely before moving on to prevent slips.
  2. Take a broom to it: Hopping in with brooms or scrubbers before a thorough rinse only pushes grit and grime around further, scratching the surface and spreading the mess. On a thoroughly rinsed and dried surface, sweep away fine residue to reveal a smoother, cleaner ramp.
  3. Run a check-up: A clean surface allows you to inspect your ramp for problems areas that formed over the winter. Keep your eyes peeled for scratches and rust formation on metal ramps and signs of warping or rot on wooden options.
  4. Make improvements: A taller handrail, longer landing pad, or added traction strips can make your wheelchair ramp a customized fit for your house and your lifestyle. Enjoy the fresh air as you tweak and tune your ramp for the summer months and beyond!

Been thinking about upgrading your ramp? Springtime is the time for that. Take a peek at our online catalog and let us know what improvements we can help you make!

Reducing the Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you with products that can make improve mobility for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you with products that can make improve mobility for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 percent of Americans report having a disability, and the most common disability was rheumatoid arthritis. RA is a debilitating form of arthritis that can cause limited mobility, frequent pain and decreased activity. Although it is ideal to seek treatment for rheumatoid arthritis early on, we know it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms right away.

EZ-ACCESS is here to show you how different types of ramps can help with limited mobility caused by RA. We strive to help everyone with limited mobility and those who suffer from debilitating diseases and conditions.

Suitcase Singlefold Ramp– This type of ramp is perfect for people who are on the go and need help climbing small sets of steps and getting into the house. It is portable and made of durable aluminum to last through any weather condition. You can leave it at the entrance of your home or bring it with you into town or on vacation.

Tip: Make sure you are with someone who is able to carry the ramp, so you don’t overwork your joints.

Pathway Modular Access System– If you are confined to a wheelchair because of rheumatoid arthritis, the Pathway Modular System is right for you. Instead of having to build a wood ramp outside of your home, this system from EZ-ACCESS is an easy setup for almost any home. It will give you easy access to the world outside of your home. You can feel even more independent with a ramp system permanently a part of your home.

Tip: Contact your local EZ-ACCESS dealer to see if they have installation included with your purchase.

Transitions Angled Entry Ramp– Never worry about tripping over the lip of the door with your walker again. RA can make it extremely difficult to lift your legs, and you surely don’t want to suffer a fall.

Tip: Always have someone assist you when walking out the door to avoid a fall.

EZ-ACCESS wants to help you have unlimited mobility, so you can experience life without boundaries. Contact us today, so we can help you find a dealer, or find one here.

Scary Fun for Everyone: Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Halloween will be fun for everyone with these wheelchair costume ideas
 
Scary Fun for Everyone
With a couple of weeks to go until Halloween, children across the country are getting excited to head out on Halloween night to go door-to-door in hopes of getting bags full of candy. And while there are sure to be plenty of children running up and down the street, there will also be many children in wheelchairs and mobility scooters looking to get their hands on as much candy as possible.
The use of a wheelchair or mobility scooter can present some challenges, but there are plenty of costume ideas for children with limited mobility that will make sure they look great while shouting “Trick-or-Treat!” At EZ-ACCESS, we specialize at making sure people can make it in and out of your house, but we’ve also got some wheelchair Halloween costume ideas that will make sure your child can be a big hero, or a scary villain on All Hallows Eve.
And while kids usually have the most fun on Halloween night, these costume ideas work just as well for adults.

  • Professor Charles Xavier: If you’re looking to be a hero, look no further than the leader of the X-Men. Charles Xavier may be the most famous hero that also needs to use a wheelchair. Dress in a simple suit and tie and add a flesh-colored skin cap to transform into Professor X. This costume is sure to be popular this year after the film X-Men: Days of Future Past came out during the summer.
  • Fred Flintstone: Become Bedrock’s most famous resident and make the wheelchair or scooter part of the costume by turning it into the foot-propelled car. Simply color some cardboard and secure it to the sides and top of the wheelchair. Add a black wig, an orange pullover with black felt spots and a blue tie, and you’ll be easily recognizable as the most prominent member of the Modern Stone Age Family.

If you’re hoping to make sure everyone can make it to your door to go trick-or-treating, check out some EZ-ACCESS solutions that will help make sure everyone can ring your doorbell.

Everyone’s Accessible Home Sweet Home: Adding Wheelchair Accessibility

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EZ-ACCESS has a lot of products to help our clients get in and out of the home. In fact, adding some form of wheelchair ramp to your home’s entrance is one of the best ways to make your home more accessible for those with limited mobility. But once inside, what can you do to make sure those with limited mobility can easily navigate your home?
There are several ways to make changes to your home to increase its wheelchair accessibility. Some of these are do-it-yourself projects that are relatively inexpensive, but others will require professionals to complete the work. You may not need to do all of these, but here are some ideas that might help you.
Bathroom Accessibility Improvements
In the bathroom, something as simple as raising the toilet seat’s height can make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to get in and out of their chair if they need to use the toilet. Another way to improve safety in the bathroom is to add grab bars to the tub or shower, which will make it easier for someone in a wheelchair or scooter to transfer from the chair to the tub.
Home Modifications for Accessibility
Throughout your home, other changes can be made to make it easier to navigate for someone in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, but these will require a bit more work. Doorways can be widened to accommodate the width of a wheelchair, typically to 32” or 36”. Kitchen countertops can be lowered to allow more access and make for an easier reach for someone with limited mobility. Finally, lowering cabinets and widening doors may mean that electric outlets have to be rearranged
If you need ideas for ways to improve your home’s layout for individuals with limited mobility, contact us at EZ-ACCESS. If you have already got ideas, or want to look at the products we already have to make it easier for people to move around, check out our online catalog.

Interacting with Mobility Device Users

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Earlier this month, EZ-ACCESS wrote an article which focused on how to spread awareness of accessibility.  We encouraged individuals with disabilities to volunteer, become advocates and pursue excellence in education or their career.  To support these efforts, EZ-ACCESS is drawing attention this week to interaction with mobility device users.
The topic of interaction with mobility device users may seem like common sense to those of us who are in wheelchairs, have a loved one in a mobility device or work with mobility device users, but I’m sure you can think of individuals you’ve encountered who do not find these interactions to come naturally.  Instead of becoming offended, break down barriers by sharing these simple tips:

  1. Respect wheelchair users through awareness of your surroundings.  In the shopping mall or your local grocery store, avoid taking up the entire aisle and try to avoid stopping suddenly.  Be sure to share aisles with individuals trying to get around you and walk in the same manner that you would drive a car.
  2. Don’t assume you know the abilities of the individual in the mobility device.  People use mobility devices for many different reasons.  For example, just because someone is in a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean they are paralyzed.  They may be able to take a few steps and are using the wheelchair because they are unable to stand for long amounts of time or possibly have a heart condition.
  3. Greet and speak directly to the individual in the mobility device.  Reach out and offer a hand shake no matter the individual’s condition and address the individual directly.  Consider standing a few feet away so the mobility user does not have to crank their neck to talk with you or offer to move to an area where you can sit down while interacting.
  4. Don’t shy away from figurative expressions such as “let’s go for a walk” as they are not taken literally.  Also, consider avoiding observations that could be taken as patronizing or belittling.  This includes comments such as “Wow that moves fast” or comments that bring up the mobility device unless you have a valid question about it.
  5. Finally, avoid patting the individual or their mobility device unless you have permission.  For individuals with back or spinal problems, this could be painful or the gesture could be taken as patronizing.

Do you have any tips or instances in which you or a loved one was offended by an interaction relating to the use of a mobility device?