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Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Ghosts, goblins and witches galore! Halloween is near and if you’re like most people you’re waiting until the last minute to come up with what you or your child is going to be this year. Stop your procrastinating because we’ve come up with some Halloween costume ideas that are sure to be winners in the costume contest and help your kids collect the most candy!

  1. Oscar the Grouch – Dress up as Oscar by using green fur and making your wheelchair or powerchair look like a trashcan. All you need to do is perfect your best Oscar the Grouch voice and you are dressed for the part!
  2. Kayak – With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn a wheelchair into a kayak. All you need to do is cut the shape of a kayak out using cardboard. Decorate it how you want and get a couple of paddles to attach to the kayak. Grab your kayak clothes and hit the sidewalk to collect all the candy you can.
  3. A Car – Customize your set of wheels! If you or your kiddo are a fan of cars, racecars, tractors, – anything with a set of wheels – make it into an awesome costume for Halloween. Much like the kayak, you’ll need a little ingenuity and creativity when it comes to making these costumes.
  4. A Drum Set – Become the drummer for your favorite band by covering a hula hoop in paper, which will be your bass drum! Next, attach two large cylinders at the side of the bass drum to create your snare drums. Grab your drumsticks, put on your best rock star outfit and rock that costume down the sidewalk.
  5. A News Anchor or Late Night TV Show Host – Channel your inner Jimmy Kimmel or David Muir, by giving your chair a news desk and making yourself into a news anchor or TV show host. Put on a suit, have your note cards ready and deliver the news or jokes all night long!

We hope you found some inspiration for you or your kiddo’s next Halloween costume. If you dress up this Halloween, share your photos with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to see you all decked out!

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?

Tips to Celebrate Family Fun Month!

August is Family Fun Month and boy oh boy do we have some fun ideas for you! The crew at EZ-ACCESS has compiled their favorite entertaining activities to do with their loved ones for this fantastic month. Check it out!

Splish Splash

Have fun and stay cool with your family by playing in the water all day! Enjoy the pool, sprinkler, slip ‘n slide, and water balloons all in your backyard. Find an old tarp and throw a hose and dish soap on it to create your own slip ‘n slide if you don’t have one!

S’more Fun

Have a camp out at night with the kids and enjoy some yummy s’mores around the fire. Tell scary stories and see who can catch the most fireflies in a jar to make a bright lantern.

Search for Treasures

Throw a scavenger hunt for the kids to participate in with their friends or neighbors. Hide little goodies around with clue cards that describe where to go next. You can even make it into a treasure hunt if you want a prize at the end!

Off-roading Recreation

Take the family for a fun cruise down the trails or through the fields! The TRAVERSE™ Singlefold Edgeless Ramp is the perfect tool to help load your ATVs, dirt bikes, or other recreational vehicles into the back of your truck or trailer.

Movie Madness

Have a backyard movie night with a white sheet or garage door and projector. Create an ice cream buffet and popcorn station where you can add M&M’s, chocolate syrup, caramel, and other sweets. Throw blankets and pillows down to create a little comfy oasis before the film starts!

Rapid Races

Create teams out of your family and throw little competitions. See who is better at potato sack racing, Bocce Ball, bean bag toss, and more. Do timed sessions of each event to create excitement. It could be as simple as having a station to see who can throw a Frisbee the farthest, and then your child can run to the next station to potato sack race to the next challenge!

We hope that you love these ideas and try out a few with your family! For more information about our options to make those with limited mobility more independent, contact us today!

Must Try Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer is in full swing and with the kids out of school, you’ll need some healthy recipes to keep them and you strong and active this summer.  That’s why we compiled this list of mouthwatering summer recipes that are nutritious, but still tasty!

Squash Pizza: Abundant zucchini and squash mixed together with pizza is a surefire way to put a smile on your loved one’s face!

Grilled Eggplant Panini: Cook up these creamy and rich eggplant Paninis as an easy summertime lunch for the family!  Using whole-grain bread will add just another emphasis on the healthy aspect of the sandwich.

Triple Berry Salad: Plump berries, tangy goat cheese, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds…say no more!  You will love this healthy, fresh summer salad that will give you a boost of energy to get through this summer’s festivities.

Pasta Primavera: For all the pasta lovers out there, this is the yummy but light dish for you!  We love how these crisp vegetables bring bright colors into this refreshing meal.

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles: These refreshing, lemony popsicles will cool you down during this summer!  Don’t skip out on the graham cracker crumbs because they definitely make this recipe special!

Salmon Burgers: Try this lighter, healthier take on a burger that will make your taste buds burst!  This quick recipe will be great to make for your family when you’re getting ready to go to baseball tournaments this summer.

Banana Split Kabobs: These easy to make kabobs will put a smile on everyone’s face. Feel free to add other healthy items to make this recipe your own sweet summer treat!

Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken: This grilled chicken recipe comes with a fruity salsa mix that brightens up this meal! The sweet flavors will leave your family wanting more and asking when you’ll be making it again.

Burrito Bowls: Let your kids have fun and be creative by getting to throw any of the healthy items you set out into their own burrito bowl. This is a recipe you can feel good about, even if you add extra guacamole.

Triple Berry Crisp: This warm berry crisp will make your mouth water. Find some summer berries and throw them together with a couple extra ingredients to make this sweet delight!

Try making a few of these and let us know which one of these nourishing delights was your favorite, or tell us one of your healthy summer recipes that you like to make. We’d love to hear what delicacies you create!