Category: Pathway® Modular Ramp System

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!

Stay Safe with These 3 Platform Lift Enhancements

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are driven by our commitment to provide access solutions that break through barriers of daily life. The Passport Vertical Lift is a great solution for any difficult pathway, porch or platform, providing easy navigation to and from your home. With the addition of Passport Vertical Platform Lift accessories, you can get the most out of your equipment while staying safe and mobile.

 

  1. Passport Top Landing Gate

In order to prevent improper operation as well as keep your rider safe and protected, use the Passport Top Landing Gate. The gate provides an extra precaution, especially during the upcoming winter months. With the combination of a Pathway Connector Kit, the Top Landing Gate can also quickly be connected to a PATHWAY Modular Access System platform.

  1. Passport Platform Safety Rail

Simple installation of the Passport Platform Safety Rail enhances the stability of the rider and the lift’s operator. As snow, sleet, and ice begin to fall, the Platform Safety Rail gives you increased security when loading and unloading the lift.

  1. Passport Platform Weather Guard

Weather debris can cover and clog your platform lift. Keep your equipment clear with the Passport Platform Weather Guard. Using the Weather Guard, the Safety Pan on your Passport Vertical Platform Lift will stay clean and protected with a quick click into place.

 

EZ-ACCESS’s wide variety of product options will help you customize the Passport Vertical Platform Lift to get the most out of your equipment. For even more options, visit ezaccess.com/accessories and enhance your lift and increase your mobility today!

Comparing Aluminum and Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

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For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for custom carpentry to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, the team at EZ-ACCESS will walk you through a fair comparison of aluminum ramps and wooden ramps:

  • Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
  • Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to maintain their appearance and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
  • Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. The construction process typically lasts two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
  • Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping, in addition to any staining or waterproofing materials.
  • Maneuverability—Once built, a wooden ramp is not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure.

Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues you may experience with wooden ramps. For example:

  • Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
  • They’re low maintenance, simply needing the occasional spray washing for cleanliness.
  • They can be installed in less than a day.
  • They are traditionally a more affordable option and are better for the environment.
  • They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

Now that you know the facts, check out the best and most versatile aluminum wheelchair ramp on the market – the Pathway Modular Access System!

Question to Ask When Choosing a Home Ramp

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A porch, a step or two, an uneven threshold – the smallest features can be the biggest barriers to accessibility for mobility devices. A home ramp can make your house an accessible safe haven for you and caregivers alike, and the options for assistance seem endless. As you search for the best-fit ramp for your home and needs, let these questions from EZ-ACCESS guide you:

  1. What mobility device am I accommodating? From temporary manual wheelchairs to three-wheeled scooters to four-wheeled complex power chairs, assistive mobility devices run the gamut. Ramps differ in material, weight capacity, and function, so begin your search with a list of your mobility device’s specifications handy to find the best fit ramp.
  2. Is this a long-term living situation? If your living arrangement looks stable for at least another year, investing in a free-standing ramp is your best option. Aluminum ramps are more durable and customizable than wooden options, and they’re more easily packed up in the event of a move. But, if a move to a more accessible home or assisted living facility is in the near future, a portable option might be enough to support you during the transition. Designed for transport, portable ramps are lightweight, foldable, and cost-efficient options that allow you to maneuver over thresholds and into vehicles with equal ease.
  3. Do I have assistance from a partner? If a caregiver is capable of helping you in and out of the house as needed, a portable ramp may suffice. However, if you live alone or if your caregiver isn’t physically capable of placing and removing a ramp as you come and go, a free-standing solution offers ease and peace of mind for both you and your partner.
  4. Is the surface safe? Rain and snow can create hazardous conditions for you or your caregiver as you’re propelled up a slope. A non-slip surface is a must for safety. Make sure your ramp’s design features either grooved surfaces or grip strips to provide traction as you go.
  5. How long should it be? A ramp that’s too short creates an incline that’s near impossibly to tackle. To check whether your selected ramp can cover your needs, take three measurements: the vertical rise from ground to threshold, the distance between the highest point and farthest and clearest point on your path, and the width of the desired location. Aim for a ramp incline ratio of 1:12 (one inch of height for every twelve inches of length.). Try the EZ-ACCESS Incline Calculator for an easy assessment.

Our professionals at EZ-ACCESS are trained and ready to walk you through the ramp selection process, whether it’s your first time or your fifth. Let us know how we can help!

 

Vertical Platform Lift or Mobility Ramp: How to Choose

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At EZ-ACCESS, mobility users or caregivers often ask us which home accessible solution is best: a vertical platform lift such as the Passport Vertical Platform Lift or a modular ramp such as the PATHWAY Modular Access System.  The answer depends on many factors like space, upkeep and budget.  Before you make any quick decisions, go through these questions:

  1. How high up is your porch, deck or front entry?

What is the distance between the upper landing of your entry and the ground?  The rise will affect how high the vertical platform lift will need to go or how long your modular ramp will need to be to stay within the ADA Standard Ratio of 1:12.  Once you determine how high your rise is, you’ll have a better idea of the space needed for a modular ramp.

  1. Where would your modular ramp or vertical platform lift lead out to?

You’ll need to consider the terrain and make sure you have enough room to park a car and safely navigate to the ramp or lift entry.  You will also need your ramp or lift to entry to be on level, sturdy ground, preferably not in the middle of your lawn.

  1. Who would keep the ramp or lift clear from the elements?

In certain parts of the country, you may need someone to come clear your modular ramp of snow, ice or leaves.  If you choose a vertical platform lift, will it be in an area that snow, ice or rain will not cause a problem?

  1. What is your budget?

How much will budget affect your decision?  Typically, a modular ramp system costs less than a vertical platform lift, but a modular ramp may not be the best solution for your home.  If funding is a concern of yours, visit our Funding Sources page to learn about financing available by state or category.

Deciding on the best home accessible solution can be complicated.  This is why EZ-ACCESS has a customer service team available at 800-451-1903.  You can also use our Dealer Locator tool to find an expert in your area that can evaluate your home accessible needs.

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.

Access For All: Accessibility Solutions for Holiday Gifts

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

 

This time of year divides people into two groups. One group consists of a group of people who are easy to shop for, the ones who you know exactly what to get them for a holiday gift without thinking twice. The second group is on the other side of the coin. These are the ones that are hard to shop for, the ones that make you wrack your brain to come up with the perfect gift idea, only to come up with no ideas.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift idea for a family member, friend or loved one with limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS has gifts that are sure to be helpful and appreciated. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide accessibility solutions, whether it is during the holiday season or at any other time during the year.

Here are some ideas that would make great gifts for anyone with limited mobility.

  • Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp: This is the perfect gift for someone with limited mobility that does traveling. The Gateway is designed to be durable and easily moveable. All you have to do is set it in place and it’s ready to use in any weather.
  • Suitcase Singlefold Ramp: This is another good ramp for anyone who is on the go. Designed to be easy to carry and portable, the Suitcase Singlefold Ramp is available in different lengths between 2 feet and 8 feet long.
  • Pathway Modular Access System: This ramp system can be customized and built to fit the entrance to any home. This is a system great for people who use wheelchairs, power chairs, mobility scooters or prosthetics.

EZ-ACCESS is here to help provide the perfect gift through accessibility solutions. To find out which solution is the best for you, use our ramp selector tool or contact us to speak with a member of our expert staff.

Not Your Average Ramp: What Makes the Pathway Modular Access System the Best

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When you need improved accessibility to your home, you want it ASAP. You want the very best in safety and stability, but you might not be sure what to look for. You also want a reasonable price tag. Why not just have a family member or friend construct a wooden ramp for you? Why not go with a cheap option? While those ideas may seem convenient at the time, they won’t benefit you in the long run. EZ-ACCESS knows ramps. It’s what we spend all of our time engineering, constructing and installing. We know what our customers need and want in a ramp. And that’s why our Pathway Modular Access System is simply the best ramp option for your money. Let us show you why it’s not your average ramp:
You won’t have to settle for a bumpy ride off the ramp
In order to help you transition from the ramp to the ground with extra stability, we offer a standard ground transition, lower transition, landing pad, and transition plate connection with the Pathway Modular Access System. Depending on your needs and the setup of the ramp, we’ll find the best transition option for you.
Get customized handrails so you feel safe
The Pathway Modular Access System offers loops for handrail options. You can easily attach handrails together with our handrail connectors that require no additional fasteners or hardware. We want you to have the rails that are easiest for you to navigate and make you feel safe and secure on your ramp.
Don’t worry about fitting a ramp on your unique entryway
The Pathway Modular Access System has an angled platform that allows it to fit tight configurations. The ramp can fit multi-dimensional angles and takes up less space than most ramps. The low-profile, offset, oversized feet create extra stability and allow for multi-positional placement. You can also have stairs added for an additional entry option to your ramp and home.
Cut out maintenance with aluminum
Unlike wood ramps, aluminum requires little to no maintenance, won’t rust or rot, assembles with ease and minimal tools, doesn’t require a building permit, and can easily be expanded, reconfigured or moved to another location.
When you’re considering a ramp for your home, choose the option that offers you the most safety, customization and convenience.

Choosing the Best Layout for your Pathway® Modular Ramp System

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With EZ-ACCESS® aluminum ramp systems, you’re in control by choosing the best layout options for your needs.  We’re here to work with you to determine what the best layout for your Pathway® Modular Ramp System should be.  Today, EZ-ACCESS® will help you better understand what the perfect Pathway® Modular Ramp System could be for your home and most of all, your needs.
The first thing to consider when preparing to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System is to determine the best access point.  Which door of your home do you want the ramp to come from and is that doorway wide enough to allow you “EZ” access in and out of your home? Make sure there is enough space inside your home so you don’t feel cramped as you’re trying to enter or exit your home.
Be aware of your neighbor’s property line, as you don’t want your ramp to overlap on their lawn, driveway or sidewalk. Try to avoid areas under trees that may drop leaves or other debris on the walking surface. Also, try to get southern exposure to aid in drying and melting snow and ice from the walking surface. Please understand this cannot be done with every home or ramp system.
EZ-ACCESS® aluminum ramps and the Pathway® Modular Ramp System includes a built-in, non-skid surface that prevents sliding or losing traction when going up or down the ramp. Aluminum ramps can become slippery when wet, but this is why EZ-ACCESS® puts handrails on both sides of the ramp surface for added safety and assurance of your mobility.
With every well-built Pathway® Modular Ramp System that EZ-ACCESS® builds, we make sure to fit the ramp with handrails. The Pathway® Modular Ramp System is constructed to support the combined weight of the user, wheelchair or other mobility option and a helper, all at the same time.
For more information regarding the Pathway® Modular Ramp System, contact EZ-ACCESS® today!

Installing a Pathway® Modular Ramp System is a Breeze

If you’re considering becoming an EZ-ACCESS® Authorized Dealer and/or installer, get ready to be amazed on how quick, easy and stress free it is to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System.  Aluminum ramps compared to wooden ramps are much easier to install, take less time and can be used within a day.  Today, EZ-ACCESS® would like to educate you how simple it is to install a Pathway® Modular Ramp System compared to a wooden ramp. installing-pathway-graphic
The EZ-ACCESS Pathway® Modular Ramp System is designed to meet all ADA requirements and can be installed at the client’s home.  All Pathway® Modular Ramp Systems provide levels of convenience, comfort and safety with every ramp that is installed.  General things to consider while installing a modular ramp would be to consider the slope and rise, clear width, landings, handrails, cross slope and surfaces, edge protection and outdoor conditions. The evaluation form you get with your job will have all the details laid out so you know how to assemble the ramp and what to look for while performing your quality check.
Depending on how large of a wooden ramp you build, it may need a trailer full of lumber to end up with a truck load of scrap wood after all the cuts, measurements and misjudgments.  Not to worry with aluminum ramps! Like wooden ramps, depending on what design you choose, the entire ramp and parts fits into the back most pickup trucks or cargo vans.  From our assembly line at EZ-ACCESS®, we try to make all sections of the ramps ready to go with no further installation needed other than applying the necessary brackets, nuts and bolts and other miscellaneous additions.
No saws, screws, nails or hammers needed. Why? With a Pathway® Modular Ramp System, just have a few different sockets ready along with your power screwdriver and charged batteries.  It’s always nice to have a second pair of hands holding and carrying pieces of the ramp to specific locations of the design.
If you’d like to see how a Pathway® Modular Ramp System is installed, visit our Youtube Page to see videos of EZ-ACCESS® and other products we offer. Please visit EZ-ACCESS® for more information if you and your business would like to be an Authorized Dealer.