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How to Customize Your Home’s Accessibility in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals with limited mobility, having a complete access system is the top priority in providing a safe and welcoming home. However, obtaining the customized and complete solution can be potentially overwhelming. To avoid any possible oversights, the team at EZ-ACCESS is ready to help with important safety products and guidelines to ensure easy entering and exiting of your home.

Step 1: Ramp it up

To safely access your home, the PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System provides the fastest and most efficient solution for those with limited mobility. Comprised of universal components and interchangeable surfaces with several handrail options, it is the perfect customized alternative to a traditional wood or portable ramp. Made from durable American materials, the PATHWAY 3G will withstand any elements and, by utilizing our powder coating option, you can easily match it to the exterior of your home. Since the system is made of ramps, handrails, stairs, and platforms, it can be combined and configured in a variety of ways that can continue to be reformatted to fit possible future changes.

Step 2: Avoid the Curb

Once you have your PATHWAY 3G in place at the exterior of your home, the next obstacle is right at the doorway. In order to provide extra security, the TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the simple and durable answer to your needs. By placing a mat on the entrance or exit, you can ensure that your mobility device continues to move smoothly. Made from 100 percent recycled rubber and available in three colors, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat does not interfere with door tracks so you are guaranteed to get the help you need to conquer the threshold.

Step 3: Open the Doorway

After you have ensured a safe entrance and exit to you home, don’t overlook the actual doorway! To increase accessibility, the CONCIERGE® Power Door Opener is a cost-effective and lightweight option that is perfect for doors that need to have the ability to be automatically opened. Since it does not require modification to your door or jambs, it can be installed quickly and plugged right into a regular 115-vac wall outlet. With additional safety features including an adjustable hold-open timer plus an automatic load-sensor to avoid potential obstruction, you and your loved ones can rest easier.

Although living with limited mobility can provide obstacles, by taking these vital steps you can guarantee your home is secure. To find out more about how these products can work together to form the customized access solution that fits your needs, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today!

Taking Access to a Whole New Level

At EZ-ACCESS, we firmly stand behind the rights of individuals, regardless of mobility restrictions. With 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States, attaining access to home and school sites is one of the most pressing needs in evolving a safe and equal world. Our team takes that commitment personally. With exciting advances in educational and residential access solutions, EZ-ACCESS is leading the way in generating parity and security. With these important steps, we can create a world that allows every individual, no matter their restrictions, to reach for the stars.

Building a Better Home with Residential Solutions

A home is about more than just brick and concrete. Its true foundation lies in the care and love of a family. At EZ-ACCESS, we are happy to be a partner in providing accessibility solutions for homes across the country. From thresholds to portable ramps, as well as lifts and flexible access systems,  our team has the products to make sure every family get-together, event, and visit is free of boundaries. By empowering each important loved one, gatherings are no longer tied to the issues that separate us, but are focused solely on the joyous events that bring families together. With creative and attainable ideas from our residential projects gallery, you can find the customized solution for your home and discover why EZ-ACCESS is about more than raw materials. We are dedicated to providing a constellation of work that exceeds restrictions to allow families to fly to new heights together.

Redefine Accessibility to Give All Students Equal Ground

The time a student spends in school is not just limited to mathematical equations and scientific theories. It is a vital building block in developing the person that they will eventually become. Lifelong friendships are formed, aspirations are born and dreams are created. For students with limited mobility, however, this crucial period of development can become marred by access restrictions. Not only does this hamper potential but it can signify possible isolation. That’s why EZ-ACCESS is committed to providing the tools to help schools create a welcoming and functional environment for all students. By incorporating our educational accessibility solutions, institutions can ensure that each child has the ability to conquer the world.

To take access to a new level, it is crucial to view mobility solutions as more than just a set of aluminum parts. At EZ-ACCESS, they are the gateway to providing inclusion so that every adult and child can be a star. As a family-owned company since 1984, our culture is unfaltering in its dedication to achieving this important goal. Contact our team today to find out why we remain the leader in creating advances in access solutions, and how we can help you reach the next level.

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2

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In honor of April Fool’s Day, we started this two-part series on home safety evaluations.  In the previous blog post, we covered home safety evaluations for the entryway, floor and electrical.  If you’re visiting this page from the previous post, read on to continue your home evaluation with kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!

Kitchen

When evaluating the kitchen, keep in mind that most kitchen injuries are caused by reaching for something.  Look at how your loved one will access and operate common appliances like the fridge, microwave and stove.  Controls placed at the front of the stove prevent your loved one from reaching over burners.  Also, take a look at the ventilation in the kitchen.  Poor ventilation can lead to kitchen fires.

The next step in the kitchen is to review countertops.  Are countertops at the right height to allow your loved one to complete their tasks?  Do you have the most commonly used items on the countertop to avoid lifting and carrying?  Are utensils easy to grab without moving around the kitchen?  Check for all of these items when examining the kitchen.

Bathroom

According to the National Institute on Aging, 80 percent of falls each year in seniors over age 65 occur in the bathroom, making this one of the most important rooms you will evaluate today.  Just like rugs, you’ll need to make sure bathroom mats are secure to the floor, and just like the kitchen countertops, make sure all commonly used items are easily reachable.  You’ll also want to examine the tub and toilet areas to be sure there are enough grab bars and proper footing.

Basic Maintenance

Basic maintenance is another commonly missed issue.  Many falls in the home occur because the individual is trying to change a light bulb or complete other standard home maintenance.  The easy fix for this is to make sure your loved one has a sturdy stepladder.

For more on home accessible solutions and proper home evaluations, reach out to our EZ-ACCESS customer service team.  Our customer service representatives are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to home accessibility and would be happy to offer advice or connect you with a home accessibility expert in your area!

Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 1

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Happy April Fool’s Day!  We, at EZ-ACCESS, are taking this opportunity to remind you that accessible home safety is no joking matter.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released statistics stating “one in three adults aged 65 and older fall each year and 20-30% of these falls lead to moderate or severe injuries” so take action now.  Evaluate your home or the home of your aging loved ones for safety concerns and get these issues address immediately.

Here are a few tips for evaluating a home today:

Home Entryways

For entryways, you are focused completely on what it takes to get into the home safely.  Take a close look at how well lit the entrance is, how easy it is to get to the front door, how easily can the individual unlock and use the door handle and what the welcome mat situation is.  A common hazard we come across is welcome mats that easily shift around, making them easy to trip on.

Inside the entryway, predict what your loved one will be doing.  If they take off their shoes and hang up their coat, evaluate how they can safely do this.  You may consider adding a sturdy bench.

Concerned with your home entry?  Check out EZ-ACCESS’ line of door threshold ramps for smaller transitions, semi-permanent ramps or wheelchair lifts for higher entry solutions.

Floors

Just the floor alone can be highly dangerous.  If your home has wood or tiled flooring, the surface can often be slick, and if you’ve placed throw rugs or mats down, go ahead and call the ambulance.   When it comes to rugs or mats, either use adhesive strips to stick them to the floor or remove them entirely.  For carpeting, make sure the carpet is in good shape and not balling up or rolling in areas.

Electrical

While you are down evaluating the floor, make sure to check the outlets, cords and extension cords.  We typically discourage the use of extension cords or cords running under walkways as these can be dangerous tripping hazards.  If you’re willing do a little electrical work on the home, consider installing outlets at mid-room level for easy access, less bending and less cord hazards.

Also, use this time to evaluate the indoor lighting.  Check that hallways and doors are well lit, and that light switches are accessible and easy for your loved one to use.

Continue walking through your accessible home evaluation by reading our next blog post “Home Accessibility is No Joke: Home Safety Evaluation – Part 2,” covering kitchens, bathrooms and basic maintenance!

Top Tips for Home Accessibility

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At some point, many of us will experience the need for more accessibility in our homes.  There may be differing levels of needs based on whether you are using crutches, braces, a walker, a mobility scooter or a wheelchair, but home accessibility adjustments will still be necessary to make navigating the home safe and easy.  Here are some home accessibility options of varying costs that will get your home ready for any mobility device:
Exterior Door Accessibility
Let’s start with how you enter your house.  Does your mobility device allow you to enter safely, without assistance?  If not, you may need to consider a portable ramp if your situation is temporary.  If your situation is more permanent, then you’ll need either a modular ramp or a platform lift, depending on the setup of your front door.
Interior Doorway Accessibility
Once you’re in your house, are the interior doors wide enough for your mobility device?  If you are using a wheelchair, you will need at least 32” to clear the space safely.  If you don’t have 32” of width, all is not lost.  You have options in swing-away door hinges, removing the door entirely or removing the woodwork around the door and replacing with a wider door.
Bathroom Accessibility
Many of us consider the bathroom as one of the most important rooms in the house.  This is also the room you will need the MOST maneuverability in.  After you get through the door using the tips above, how are you going to use the shower, toilet and sink?  If using a wheelchair, you will need a 60” diameter circle to reach bathroom fixtures.  You may want to replace your tub or shower with a roll-in shower and remove your base cabinets to provide knee space under the sink.  If your bathroom is entirely too small, you may want to consider relocating the bathroom to the corner of a bedroom or borrowing space from a connected room to make the bathroom bigger.
Kitchen Accessibility
In the kitchen, counter top height and sink access can be a problem.  If your needs are permanent, we recommend removing base cabinets and installing lower counter tops for food preparation areas.  When you are removing your sink cabinet for easier access, you’ll want to insulate pipes to avoid burns as well as replace any hot and cold faucets with a single-lever faucet with an extension arm for easy access.
If you need additional help deciding what to do with your entrances and exits, let EZ-ACCESS help!  Join us next week when we address funding options for accessibility modifications!