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What Type of Loading Ramp Works for Each Application

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There are literally hundreds of loading ramp solutions on the market.  This is why most questions we receive at EZ-ACCESS relate to which ramp works best for each situation.  To make your loading ramp decision easier, the EZ-ACCESS team has identified two questions you should ask yourself when you have a specific loading need.

  1. Why do you need the loading ramp?

Start by determining what your needs are. What will the ramp be used for the most and how often will it be used? Do you need a residential, recreational or industrial ramp? Also, where will it be stored? If you are lacking storage space, consider getting one of our Traverse Singlefold Ramps. They are easy to fold and store after use. Determining these things will help you narrow down your choice from our very large pool of available ramps to just several. You can also use the Ramp Selector Tool on our website to help you make the best choice.

  1. How long does the ramp need to be?

Then establish how long your ramp needs to be. You can use our Incline Calculator to calculate exactly how much room you will need to safely load your things without danger or having too much of an incline.

Choosing the wrong ramp for your needs can be a costly and depending on what you are transporting, a potentially dangerous mistake. Make the right choice and call EZ-ACCESS for all your ramp needs today.

Best Safety Tips for the Family Caregiver

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Being a caregiver is no easy feat. With 65 million Americans acting as caregivers each year, we at EZ-ACCESS want to make that task easier for the dedicated individuals that hold that title. This National Safety Month, we’d like to provide some helpful tips and tricks on how to care for your loved ones while also taking care of yourself.

  • Make Minor Adjustments to Your Home

FOR THEM: Safety is your number one priority. Make sure your home is de-cluttered, and all hallways or passages are well lit both day and night. Consider removing any unnecessary rugs to avoid potential trip hazards.

FOR YOU: Add baby-monitors to both your room and the room of the person you’re caring for. This can help maintain supervision even when you’re apart.

  • Treat Each Other with Kindness

FOR THEM: Patience is a virtue – that is no joke. No matter the situation remember to breathe and approach the matter with a clear head. Not only will you communicate better, but by maintaining a level of respect between you and the person you’re caring for, you restore some familiarity in their now more dependent life style.

FOR YOU: Caring for another person day-in and day-out is stressful and labor intensive work. Be sure to take time each day for yourself, to read, relax or just getaway for an hour or two.

  • Have a System

FOR THEM: If the loved one you’re caring for is fighting dementia or other neurological diseases, they may forget or refuse to take their daily medications. Make sure all medication is labeled properly, and separated within an organized weekly pill box.

FOR YOU: Structure your days with designated times for meals, bathings, and naps. By adding some routine into your days you can provide some consistency and familiarity to you both.

For all the accessibility modifications and reliable support you might need, EZ-ACCESS is here to help.

Entry Tips for the Mobile Modular Building

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Summer is nearly here and the modular building setups for summer construction projects are ramping up.  As the accessible entry experts, we’d like to point out that choosing an appropriate entry for your modular office isn’t always a slam dunk and there are several requirements that businesses must meet with entries of this kind.

Here are some tips to help you determine the best entry for your mobile modular building:

  1. OSHA Compliant – As a business owner, you’ve been well informed of the need to remain compliant with OSHA standards in the workplace, and the entry for your mobile modular building is no exception.
  2. Adjustable – Is the stair height adjustable so that you can setup and use your stairs again for other entry needs? The FORTRESS OSHA Stair System adjusts from 23” to 34” for 3 steps and 27.5” to 42.5” for 4 steps.
  3. Durable – Assuming these stairs are going to be out in the severe summer elements and put through heavy use, will they remain in great shape and resist rust? The FORTRESS is made of corrosion-resistant aluminum that will remain rust-free for years and require little to no maintenance to keep in great working condition!
  4. Easy to Assemble – Are the stairs easy to move and set up with limited resources and manpower?
  5. Stable – Will your modular stairs stay in place even on a muddy, dirt surface? The FORTRESS OSHA Stair System offers optional oversized feet to possibly eliminate the need for pavers.
  6. Easy Storage – When not in use, do the stairs store easily? The FORTRESS folds completely flat so that you can easily transport and store it.

These are just a few of the considerations you must make when deciding on the best mobile modular building entry system.  EZ-ACCESS offers several mobile modular access options including the FORTRESS OSHA Stair System and the TITAN Code Compliant Modular Access System.  If you have questions about finding the right mobile modular building entry for you, give EZ-ACCESS a call today!

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Why Being Active and Getting Fresh Air is Vital to Your Health

Long walks through the park or pick-up games of basketball? Washing the cars or tending to the garden? No matter your preference, time spent exercising outdoors is never wasted. Outdoor fitness impacts your body, mind, and spirit, and our team at EZ-ACCESS wants you to head outside to seize these benefits:

Body

  • Clean air, rejuvenating scenery, and plenty of sunshine inspires more activity than a 4-walled gym. With more space and energy to romp around, outdoor workouts are typically performed with more vigor than indoor exercise, helping to burn calories, curb weight gain, and keep heart and circulatory systems strong.
  • Vitamin D, which is naturally produced in your skin in response to sunlight, boasts a wealth of benefits. From fighting disease to strengthening bones, spending time exercising under the sun instead of fluorescent lights makes this vitamin thrive. Bonus: it’s been proven to supplement weight loss, boosting the benefit of your outdoor exercise even farther.

Mind

  • Your brain craves stimulation, and physical environment matters. That’s why a 20-minute walk outside has been proven to channel focus and promote increased concentration as it gives your mind time to unwind from pressing matters and redirect to soak up new sensations.
  • Research is starting to name exercise as one of the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Walks around the neighborhood, gardening, and bike rides combine the benefits of heart-pumping exercise with the environmental stimulus that keeps your brain sharp.

Spirit

  • Ditch the treadmill and head for the hills. Research indicates exercises performed outdoors reduce tension, confusion, anger, and depression more effectively than any indoor counterparts.
  • Mood-booster serotonin is affected by oxygen intake. The more you inhale, the more your body is able to produce, helping to increase your happiness and sense of well-being. Deep lungfuls of fresh air enable you to relax and refresh as they trigger production and release of natural uppers.

No matter your level of mobility, the great outdoors is waiting for you. Take a look at our line of SUITCASE easy transport ramps so you can pack up and go wherever and whenever you want!

Foldable Accessibility: Choosing the Right Suitcase Ramp for You

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Getting in and out of the snow is a hassle on its own, and adding a mobility chair to the mix can add serious chunks of travel time to your schedule. SUITCASE® series portable ramps helps streamline the transport process with lightweight, easy-to-assemble options to get you moving in no time.

We’ve broken down each SUITCASE® portable ramp to give you a look at the highlights and special features of this line’s wide offering:

Singlefold Ramp

Best for: Mobility chair users who need fast access in a variety of locations

Lengths: 2’ – 8’ options

Special features: A single-fold ramp hinge that makes set-up easy and fingers unpinched; durable handles for easy carry; slip-resistant tread to keep your mobility device rolling

Singlefold AS Ramp

Best for: Mobility chairs in need of extra traction

Lengths: 2’ – 6’ options

Special features: Applied slip-resistant surface; easily separates into two lightweight sections with the removal of two hinge pins; both attachments fitted with ergonomic, flexible handles; self-adjusting bottom transition plates adjust to the ground surface from portable ramp position

Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber)

Best for: Caregivers who can carry limited weight

Lengths – 2.5’ – 7.5’ options

Special features: Lightest folding ramp in the industry starting at 8 lbs; glass reinforced graphite fiber provides impressive weight-bearing capacity of 660 lbs; single-fold hinge that runs full length of ramp for ensured stability and safety

Trifold AS Ramp

Best for: Raised landings, steps, larger vehicles, wider complex wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Lengths: 5’ – 10’ options

Special Features: Tri-fold portable ramp for easy setup and transportation; separates into two sections for easy carry; interlocking hinge reduces pinch points and ensures smoother operation.

The Singlefold, Singlefold AS, and Trifold AS ramp can be outfitted with an additional Top Lip Extension, which increases the transition plate from 3” to 9”, helping ramps avoid vehicle bumpers and providing increased surface area made of slip-resistant aluminum for durability and safety.

EZ-ACCESS strives to provide stability and independence to you and your loved ones with mobility options to improve each day, rain, snow or shine. Take a look at our online catalog and let us know how we can help!

When It Comes to Your New Year’s Resolution – Be S.M.A.R.T.

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Every year, you start off so strong, exercising every day, avoiding caffeine like the plague or saving every extra penny to finally get out of debt, but over a matter of weeks, your fancy New Year’s resolution seems to drop off and you’re back to your old self again.  According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, you’re not alone – 1 in 3 resolution makers ditch their promise of the year before the first month is even up!

Well, this year is going to be different, and EZ-ACCESS will help.  Using these proven S.M.A.R.T. techniques, you will stick to your New Year’s Resolution, for at least the first few months – let’s be realistic!

  1. SPECIFIC – Don’t be flighty with your goal. Be clear and concise, assigning a direction, a date or a target for you to reach for. “I want to run a local 5K in the spring at an 8:30 pace” gives you a target to aim for that goes beyond a hopeful thought.
  2. MEASURABLE – Set mini goals to achieve along the way that lead to your overall goal. Don’t forget to determine your metrics or how you will assess that you’ve reached your milestones.  Identify concrete ways to assess your goal so you know if and when you’ve reached it.
  3. ATTAINABLE – Rome wasn’t built in a day and you won’t lose 50 pounds in a week. Make sure your goal is practical and within reach.  Make as much of an effort as you can, but don’t set yourself up for failure with a goal that’s actually impossible to meet.
  4. REALISTIC – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If you want to knit baby blankets for preemies in the NICU, could you knock out 30 in 30 days? Technically, probably, yes. However, how realistic is that goal when you factor in everything else on your plate? Don’t burn yourself out with a goal that pushes the boundaries of reason.
  5. TIME-BOUND – When life stressors appear, personal goals are the first thing to go. If you’ve given yourself concrete deadlines, however, skipping out on what you set out to do becomes much, much harder. Whether you follow a daily timeline or strive towards a date a few months down the road, a time-bound goal helps keep you on track and moving forward.

Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Choosing and meeting a goal gives you just a taste of all you’re capable of accomplishing. Let us know at EZ-ACCESS if there’s a goal we can help you conquer in 2016.

 

6 Savory Foods Spiking Diabetes Complications

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According to a 2014 study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 29.1 million Americans currently suffer from diabetes.  However, even though a large portion of our population is affected by this health condition, there is still a misunderstanding of diet choices that affect diabetes.  In an effort to educate our loved ones, EZ-ACCESS is identifying these top foods to avoid for those with diabetes.

Review this list of the worst foods for diabetes and share with loved ones who need a reminder!

  1. Pretzels – While you may think pretzels reside on the healthy side, the basic ingredients tell a different tale. Made up of white flour, yeast, salt and vegetable oil, this snack offers no nutritional value and actually destroy your blood sugar numbers.  Better choice – rice cakes.
  2. Bacon – This fatty cut of meat is loaded with saturated fat which spurs inflammation throughout the body and puts you at even greater risk for heart disease. Better choice – lean meats.
  3. Whole Milk – A better name would be Whole Fat. Whole milk is high in saturated fat greatly affects insulin resistance.  Better choice – skim or even 1% milk.
  4. White Bread – Refined starches like the ones packed in to white bread, interfere with your glucose control. Better choice – whole wheat bread.
  5. French Fries – Before you order up a plate of trans fat heaven (french fries), keep in mind that this starchy, fatty side dish will cause your glucose levels to sky rocket and increase your bad cholesterol, in turn increasing your risk of heart disease. Better choice – almost any other side dish.
  6. Raisins – Raisins, or any dried fruit, are sure to make your blood sugar spike. This is caused by natural sugars becoming highly concentrated in the dehydration process.  Better choice – fresh fruit.

Rounding out this list of the worst foods for diabetes is candy, fruit juice, pancakes and syrup, and pastries.  If you suffer from diabetes or are working to prevent it, we recommend steering clear of these 6 foods for sure as well as other unhealthy choices described by your doctor.

While EZ-ACCESS does not offer treatment options for diabetes, we do offer solutions in home accessibility and mobility accessories. If you would like to discuss better accessibility solutions for your home, contact EZ-ACCESS at 800-451-1903 today!

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.

Things You May Not Know About Veterans Day

EZ-ACCESS Thanks veterans for their service

 

In honor of Veterans Day, EZ-ACCESS wants to say thank you all the men and women who have served in the armed forces to help protect our nation’s freedom over the years. You have given us so much. We don’t know all of you, but we owe all of you a debt of gratitude for the courage and self-sacrifice you have displayed in defense of the American Flag.

As it turns out, the 11th day of November serves as a reminder to honor service members across the world. In honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d share some facts about the history of Veterans Day and veterans. This brief history lesson will help you further understand the significance of the day. Who knows, you just might learn something new.

How Did Nov. 11 Become Veterans Day?

Veterans Day didn’t get its name until 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday. Prior to that point, Nov. 11 was referred to as Armistice Day to signify the end of hostilities in Europe during World War I, which ended on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Variations of Veterans Day

The end of World War I is commemorated every year in several other countries. While the day is referred to as Veterans Day in the United States, other countries refer to the holiday as Remembrance Day. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 as a way to honor the men and women who have served. Great Britain has a similar tradition that is held on the second Sunday in November with a moment of silence held every Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Veterans: The Reason for Veterans Day

Here are some facts about the number of veterans living in the U.S. from the Census Bureau

  • There are nearly 20 million military veterans living in the United States.
  • 7 million of those veterans, more than one-third of America’s total, served during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 million veterans are at least 65 years old.

As veterans return from combat overseas and continue to age, they may need some assistance moving around. Make sure veterans with limited mobility can access your home or business with an accessibility solution from EZ-ACCESS.

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.