Tag Archives: Caregiver Tips

What You Can Do to Help People with Disabilities

 

ezaccess-blog_whatyoucandotohelpWith the end of the year approaching fast, it’s the perfect time to make a new year’s resolution. This year, instead of diet fads or gaudy purchases, make a commitment to helping those affected by disabilities. Not only can you improve their quality of life but you can also ensure that no child or adult ever gets left behind.

Become a Respite Provider

Showing your support for those affected by disabilities does not have to be costly. Becoming a respite provider is one of the most powerful aids to the families of those with limited mobility. These caretakers assist the family in attending appointments as well as in managing day-to-day tasks.  There is no special training or certification required to become a respite provider, but you do need to be 18 years or older, have a social security card and live outside the caregiver’s home. Additional skills such as CPR and first aid are also useful.

Fundraise

If time is too limited to become a respite provider, you can assist families by taking the steps to help fundraise for your favorite nonprofit organizations.  Most of charitable nonprofits rely upon the generosity of donors for all or some of their funding, making it an activity of major importance. To help, select an organization that is close to your heart such as Friends of Disabled Adults and Children or the United Spinal Association. Not only can you contribute a donation, you can also spread awareness to the cause by advocating on social media or sponsoring events with proceeds benefiting the charity. This helps raise valuable funds for research and gets more people involved to help further your efforts.

Join the Fight

For people affected by limited mobility, Medicare provides vital payment assistance. However, the new year may bring serious complications to those that rely on this service. Planned cuts to the program could impact critical components and accessories used by Complex Rehab wheelchair systems. These accessories are needed by people with significate disabilities such as ALS, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. To help fight for this crucial issue and ensure individuals get access to affordable equipment and care, email or call your Senators to show your support.

For families affected by disabilities, every day can be a fight. However, by providing crucial support, you can be the difference. At EZ-ACCESS, we understand the struggle. That’s why we are committed to providing the best possible products for individuals with limited mobility. Contact our team today to learn more about the services we provide.

 

Top Products to Aid in Your Caregiving Routine

ezaccess_blog_topproductstoaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At EZ-ACCESS, we recognize caregivers across the world for their commitment and dedication. This November, celebrate National Caregivers Month with these tips to help you and your loved one in your day-to-day routine.

Safety proof their surroundings. Areas such as the bathroom offer potential risk of injury. For patients with limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS has a wide range of helpful tools such as the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift . Equipped with an easy to use Companion Control, it allows both the individual and caregiver to operate the seat with a push of a button. Combining the functionality of a heavy duty commode with a lift chair, it is an easy-to-use bathroom safety solution.

Find the ramp you need. At EZ-ACCESS, we know that ramps are one of the key ways to provide secure accessibility for your loved one.  However, it can be difficult to determine which ramp fits your needs. To aid in the this process, EZ-ACCESS offers our ramp selector tool. This resource allows you to pinpoint your requirements, from vehicle to home use, and get the ramp that’s right. Using this resource as well as our incline calculator limits the potential frustration and takes out the guesswork.

Look to lifts. If a ramp increases congestion in the entrance of your home, you may want to turn to vertical platform lifts. The HAULWAY® Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift provides sturdy security and functionality for large scooters and power chairs. With a 325-pound weight capacity, it is the safe and secure way to improve accessibility. By incorporating a universal tray design, your loved one will have a wide range of mobility devices available so that you can breathe easier.

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that caregiving is an important commitment. For additional support, our line of aids to daily living can help benefit you and your loved one.

4 VITAL Tips for Caregivers on How to Care for Yourself

caregiver tips

When you become a caregiver, life as you knew it is forever changed. Not only do you reorient your life around someone else’s, but you learn to juggle new equipment, techniques, and challenges that come with their new lifestyle. In the shuffle, it’s easy to push your needs aside to attend to the needs of another, but doing so can create serious burnout. EZ-ACCESS wants you to recognize Emotional Wellness Month by putting yourself first in these four areas:

  • Practice honesty: Guilt, resentment, loneliness, anger… you’ll experience them all as a caregiver, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is burying them under a brave face that you wear like a mask in front of others and to yourself. Be open about the struggles that come with full-time care, and take heart that your friends and support system want to walk with you through the highs and the lows.
  • Increase your Zzzs: You help your loved one during every waking moment, so treasure the peace and private time that comes with sleep. Calm your mind with deep breathing or yoga-inspired stretches before bedtime, or spend time journaling out your emotions after a rough day, leaving you clear-headed and ready for bed and rest.
  • Work it Out: The endorphin blast you receive from a workout keeps your body strong and spirits high. Finding a 30-minute block of time may be challenging, so try exercising in three 10-minute chunks throughout the day instead. Bonus points if you exercise with a buddy, who can provide extra motivation and TLC.
  • Treat yourself: Take a break. Not only do you deserve it, you need it. Find an activity that brings you joy, and intentionally make time to practice it. Reading, browsing the Internet, blasting music, and watching funny videos feel like a luxury when your world revolves around someone else, so let yourself enjoy the moments that are all about you. Pamper yourself with the occasional massage or manicure to rely unwind and remind yourself that you’re a strong and valued individual.

It’s taxing work, but your role as a caregiver is so important. EZ-ACCESS can make life a little easier for you and your loved one with accessories and appliances that give you mobility and freedom. Reach out at (800)451-1903 to find out how we can give you a hand.

Caring for Someone with a Spinal Injury

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

Caring for someone with a spinal injury takes dedication and patience.

 

Millions of Americans deal with mobility issues every day. Some of these issues are caused by chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes or multiple sclerosis which make it painful to stand or walk for long periods of time. However, other individuals experience mobility issues as a result of injury, and it is becoming more common that these injuries are occurring in people’s spines.

Caring for those that suffer a traumatic injury like a spinal injury is a lot of work. EZ-ACCESS is here to provide a guide to those providing the care to make sure the recovery is successful.

Patience is Key

If you’re providing care to someone who is dealing with a serious spinal injury, it will be essential to remind your patient or loved one that the process is long and slow. The injured person is obviously going to be dealing with physical symptoms, including the loss of mobility, but it’s important to remember that they will also be dealing with psychological side effects. Losing the ability to walk and depending on someone else to help you with tasks that used to require no effort can be a difficult process to go through. Be patient with them and offer support.

Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

It’s common for anyone who suddenly has to become a caregiver to devote all their time into caregiving. The problem with this is you become so focused on caring for your loved one that you forget that you also need to take care of yourself. Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury can bring stress. It’s important for you to recognize sources of stress and give yourself appropriate outlets to deal with the stress. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself to get a break, whether it’s through working out, reading a book, seeing a movie or some other form of relief.

EZ-ACCESS supports all caregivers who give so much to help their loved ones through difficult times. We can help make sure you don’t have to worry about getting your loved one in and out of your home with one of our residential ramps. Contact us or let us help you find a dealer in your area to supply you with an accessibility solution so you can focus on caregiving.