The New Year is almost here and what an exciting time to make some changes for the betterment of yourself and/or your business! If you’re looking to make your business more accessibility-friendly, we have a few products and tips that can help you out with this New Year’s Resolution!
Resolution No. 1
Evaluate Your Entrances:
Taking a look at your entrances is a great starting point to determine what kind of accessibility solutions will be required. Are there stairs that can prevent someone from getting to your door? Is there enough space for a wheelchair to maneuver its way to the door and through the doorway? Is there a slope that’s too steep for someone to get up? These are all great questions to ask yourself.
Achieving Resolution No. 1:
With a few simple products like the TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System, you can provide a seamless entry point for your customers. This system is low maintenance so it doesn’t have to be another worry while you run your business or welcome customers.
Resolution No. 2
Take a look at your door:
While opening a door may be a simple task for many, it’s important to consider the weight of the door and how easy it would be to open for someone using a wheelchair. One more thing to look at is the doorway threshold. Is it a significant height? Would it be a struggle for a wheelchair, scooter, or walker to navigate the threshold?
Achieving Resolution No. 2:
Adding one of our TRANSITIONS® entry mats can eliminate those tricky thresholds and help prevent the potential trip hazard they may pose. Designed to be slip resistant and easy to match up to your threshold, installing these mats should be no hassle at all. They blend so well, you’ll barely notice they’re there!
We understand that making your business completely accessible can seem like an overwhelming task while running your business, but with these few improvements, you’ll be marking resolutions off your list left and right. Cheers to a New Year and let us help you create a plan for improved accessibility here!
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.
Living healthy with limited mobility isn’t as hard as you might think.
Welcome to the New Year! We’ve said goodbye to 2014 and welcomed a new year with hope. Millions of people use this time to reflect on how they want to make themselves better in the New Year and set resolutions to try and reach those goals. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to live healthier.
EZ-ACCESS encourages everyone to live healthier, and wants to offer some tips for those who want to get healthy, but have limited mobility. It may take some different thinking, but there’s no reason that the New Year can’t mean a new you.
Exercising With Limited Mobility
Whether you’re in a mobility scooter, wheelchair, power chair or just have trouble moving around because of conditions like arthritis, there are exercises you can do to improve your fitness while seated. With a set of hand-held weights, you can do strength workouts to exercise your arms and chest. We also recommend things like water aerobics or swimming, which lets you improve your cardio fitness and has the added benefit of the water taking pressure off your joints.
Eating Right With Limited Mobility
The beginning of any successful weight-loss is having a balanced diet. This is especially true for those with limited mobility, as those individuals tend to have less energy due to inactivity. This means they have a lower metabolism and their bodies don’t burn calories as easily. Focus on adding protein to your diet through meat and beans, which can give you more energy. Fish meat can be especially beneficial, as it contains protein and Omega-3 fatty acid, which brings several health benefits, including helping lower your risk for heart disease.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, EZ-ACCESS wishes you the best of luck. If you’re hoping to improve your health, we can make it easy for you to get to where you need to go with portable ramps that can help you get to the gym or to the grocery store to get healthy food. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you find a mobility solution.
Have you put any thought into your 2014 New Year’s Resolution? If you or a loved one has limited mobility or your life involves accessibility in some form, EZ-ACCESS would like to encourage you to make 2014 the year for accessibility. Help others with limited mobility by spreading awareness of you or your loved one’s abilities and disabilities. By increasing awareness, we can help make our communities more accessibility-minded and encourage those with disabilities to live well beyond limits!
How do we spread awareness?
- If you or your loved one has limited mobility, show the community that it doesn’t keep you from getting involved. Get out and get active in the community. Volunteer and give back to the community through local civic organizations, local charities and local events.
- Become an expert in your trade. This could mean taking classes to fine tune a favorite hobby of yours, pursuing a higher education or striving to exceed expectations at work by becoming a model employee.
- Be an advocate for Americans with disabilities. Be the change you want to see by joining your community’s advocacy groups, taking part in local meetings and speaking out for local accessibility.
- Do all of this with a positive attitude. You can’t encourage others without encouraging yourself first. Turn off any negative self-talk and find ways to constantly improve your self image. A great way to do this is by finding a role model. Look to someone with a disability who has accomplished great things and represented themselves well.
From everyone at EZ-ACCESS, go out and make this year count. Know that your words and actions speak volumes. Take the opportunity this year to encourage yourself, encourage others and let the world know what you’re doing to strengthen your community and make it more accessible for generations to come!