Category: Wheelchair Safety

How to Plan a Path for Your Wheelchair Ramp

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are here to help you choose the best wheelchair ramp pathway for your home. Our innovative products can fit almost any yard or home, and our expert installation will ensure your wheelchair ramp will last for years to come. Today, we’re going to share a few of the things to keep in mind while selecting the best pathway for your home:

Property Lines

Before our experts arrive, check your home’s property lines to ensure that your wheelchair ramp doesn’t overlap your neighbors’ yard, lawn, sidewalk or drive. If you must overlap the sidewalk in front of your house, call the city first to make sure you won’t get a fine for doing so.

Access Point

When our dedicated team comes to your home for installation, the first thing we do is help to determine the best access point. Which door do you want to go in and out of every day? What entry has the most width? The last thing you want is to feel cramped going in and out of your own home, so be sure to choose an area that has plenty of space for you to move around.

The Elements

You don’t want your wheelchair to slip on wet leaves or other debris, so aim to avoid placing your wheelchair ramp under any trees. If possible, position the ramp underneath an awning or porch so it won’t become slick when it rains or snows. Sunlight exposure is also good, as it can quickly dry your wheelchair ramp after a storm, as well as more easily melt the snow.

We’re all about helping our customers increase their mobility. If you or a loved one have difficulty getting around, don’t wait until there’s an accident. Find a nearby EZ-ACCESS dealer today to come out and help you make your home safe and accessible!

Keep Calm and Clean Your Wheelchair

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Do you have the most beautiful wheelchair on the block?  If not, now it the perfect time to earn that title.  This month, we celebrate National Wheelchair Beautification Month by identifying the most effective ways to keep your wheelchair looking shiny and new all year long.  Come along with the EZ-ACCESS team as we describe everything from spot cleaning your nylon seat to maintaining ball bearings!

Wheelchair Cleaning

  • Wipe down entire wheelchair WEEKLY
  • Apply car wax to wheelchair frame
  • Use multipurpose cleaning on marks

Cushion Cleaning

  • Remove cover
  • Machine wash on warm/cold and gentle cycle with mild detergent (no bleach)
  • Air dry (do not tumble dry)
  • Clean cushion by following manufacturer instructions as there are many types out there

Spot Cleaning Nylon Seat

  • Place a towel under the wheelchair to catch drips
  • Spray multi-purpose cleaning on spot or spill
  • Wipe from outside in with microfiber cloth
  • Use clean cloth to wipe down after spot is gone
  • Dampen entire site for even drying
  • Allow to completely dry before use

Maintaining Your Wheelchair

  • Check for loose nuts and bolts MONTHLY
  • Check all function such as removable parts, tilt and fold mechanisms and locks
  • Check wheel tire pressure and tread
  • Pick and clean wheel axle completely
  • Check frame for cracks or breaks in metal and report problems to dealer
  • Lubricate folding mechanism YEARLY
  • Check wheel alignment MONTHLY

Wheelchair cleaning and maintenance is vital when it comes to performance, safety and reliability, and can greatly extend the life of your wheelchair.  Although EZ-ACCESS does not provide wheelchairs or wheelchair cleaner, we do carry wheelchair accessories such as covers, chair packs and underneath carriers as well as a full line of wheelchair ramps to help you safely get you where you need to go.   Contact EZ-ACCESS and see how we can help make your life more accessible!

Preventing Heat Stroke in your Wheelchair

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The summer is heating up which means the risk of heat stroke is on the rise. Those who are in wheelchairs are at an even higher risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. If not prevented, a heat stroke can leave a person with vital organ damage and can even be fatal. EZ-ACCESS wants to help you understand how to prevent heat strokes to protect yourself while using your wheelchair during the hot summer months.

Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you are planning to head outside, it is important to do so at the appropriate time of day. Schedule your outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning or late evening. Stay in air-conditioned buildings during the hot hours of the day.

Stay hydrated – Staying hydrated is important for anybody who plans to be outside in the summer.  It is import to drink plenty of water before, during and after you spend time in the sun. If your body is properly hydrated, it will be able to cool itself off in case you start to overheat. Avoid soda and alcohol as these drinks can quickly lead to dehydration.

Keep a caregiver close – It is important to make sure someone is with you or knows you are going outside.  Having someone close can help remind you to drink water and get you to those cooler outdoor spots, like shade under a tree. Also, in case an emergency did happen, a caregiver would be able to properly and promptly be able to help if you are unable or unconscious.

Remember, if you ever feel dizzy, headachy, muscle cramps, weakness or nauseas get out of the heat and cool down as soon as possible. If you have shortness of breath, hot/dry skin, chest pains or feel confused, call 9-1-1 immediately.

EZ-ACCESS hopes you enjoy your summer staying safe and cool in your wheelchair! Check out our website for more information on our portable mobility ramps and wheelchair storage equipment!