Category: Suitcase Ramp

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.

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, contact our team today.

Best in the Industry: Everyone’s Raving About the EZ-ACCESS Suitcase® Ramps

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The Suitcase Ramp collection is specifically designed for people who need immediate, secure access, no matter the situation. Because of its sleek, light-weight design and easy-to-carry handles, people are raving about this ramp!

Check out what actual customers have said about the Suitcase® Ramps:

Sturdy and Secure

“This ramp is extremely well built: extruded aluminum ramp sections, the welds, the hinges etc. I’m a retired engineer, and I would recommend this product to anybody. Did I mention that this product is proudly MADE IN USA?”
– Anonymous

“It is sturdy and well-made and accommodates my husband’s 407.4 lb. power chair with ease. Plus being in two parts, I am able to manage it by myself a half at a time.”
– C.J.

Versatile Use

“I am in the live sound biz and use this ramp for unloading heavy pro sound equipment, sometimes I have to bridge the back of the truck to a stage or bridge a stair case. This is a very solid and safe way to load and unload gear. Folds up fast and stores in the truck easily.”
– Jim B.

“I actually bought this ramp for my aging dog and it is helping her tremendously. However, over the weekend, two of my friends carried an extremely heavy piece of furniture up the ramp (I’m guessing about 700 lbs. of total weight) and the ramp performed beautifully! I would highly recommend.”
– Anonymous

Easy and Convenient

“This has been a real improvement for dealing with my ailing parent, I am able to get her in and out of the house a lot easier and with more confidence since we have this sturdy ramp to bridge the steep step. Handy suitcase style design is just the thing to make this even more portable.”
– Willa W.

“This is a well USA made product. My father is currently using a wheelchair and I needed help in getting the wheelchair down the stairs…this product was my solution. Because it is portable, we are still able to use the stairs and when it is fully folded; it does not take a lot of room. I highly recommend this product.”
– Frances M.

The team here at EZ-ACCESS prides itself on helping customers find solutions to combat their daily access challenges. We’re proud to say our line of Suitcase® Ramps do just that!

 

 

 

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.

SUITCASE RAMPS: Accessible Solutions for the Holidays

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

 

It seems as if 2014 has come and gone in a flash. It’s already December, which means we are in the full swing of the busiest shopping season of the year trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on our list. But the holidays are about more than shopping, it’s about spending time with friends, family and the people who mean the most to us.

Millions of Americans are going to be traveling many miles to spend time with loved ones during the holiday season. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be able to enjoy the holiday season with all of your loved ones. We’re here to provide the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone can make it in and out of your home during the holidays.

In an effort to help make it easier to make your home accessible for friends or family that have limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS vendors will be offering our portable ramps from our SUITCASE line for rental. These ramps are designed to be easily carried from place to place so you can use them at your own home or while on the go. The ramps are easy to set up and durable so that you can use them over and over again.

Renting a ramp for the holidays is easy. Once you find an EZ-ACCESS dealer in your area, which you can do easily with our dealer locator tool, you get in touch with the vendor to let them know you are interested in renting. And if you find that you like the ramp and want to keep renting, you may want to consider buying the SUITCASE ramp. At typical rates, the ramp pays for itself in just three months.

No one should be left out of the holiday celebrations, and EZ-ACCESS provides the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone is included. Contact us to find out how we can help improve the accessibility at your home today.