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Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in your Home

Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

Falls are considered the number one cause of injury for seniors. After falling once, it doubles a person’s chance of falling again and often leads to Post Fall Anxiety Syndrome. Learn how a few simple modifications can help mitigate fall risks in the home and provide peace of mind for you or a loved one.

 

Bathroom: Did you know people over 85 suffer more than half their injuries near the toilet? For those who struggle to get up from the seated position or need extra stability in the bathroom, the TILT® Toilet Incline Lift may be a perfect aid to prevent injuries and falls in the bathroom.

 

Bonus Tip: Add non-slip mats to the shower and bathtub to prevent any slips and falls while bathing. If accessing a shower or tub is too difficult for you or your loved one, consider using our EZ-Shower Bedside Shower or EZ-BATHE® Body Washing Basin for an in-bed bathing experience.

 

Entryways and Raised Landings: Does your home have a tricky entryway or a step down into another room? These can be problematic for those who experience difficulty moving safely throughout their home. Adding a TRANSITIONS® threshold ramp, mat, or plate in those areas can dramatically reduce the number of tripping incidents and create a smooth path for wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, etc.

 

Porches and Stairs: Don’t risk falling or tripping down porch or entryway stairs, especially when it’s rainy or icy. Adding a ramp and/or platform to your home can help eliminate environmental hazards, which is the majority reason people fall. The PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution when it comes to creating a cleared walkway with safe handrails to guide individuals to and from home access points.

 

While not every fall leads to injury, there can still be health risks that are present such as the inability to get up or the anxiety of falling again. Since one-third of those who are over 65 will fall each year, it’s important to take the right precautions to help eliminate the potential causes of injury.

 

If you’re in need of assistance in selecting the right ramps for your situation, be sure to use our Ramp Selector or Incline Calculator or contact us here.

Improve Mobility and Save the World with These 3 Products

 

With the arrival of Earth Day, it is the perfect time to discover new sustainable solutions for your access needs. To get a long lasting answer for your home or business, EZ-ACCESS offers these great products to help you not only go green but save some too!

Make the Change

For a long lasting solution for your access needs, ditch the wooden ramps and get ready to upgrade. By utilizing an environmentally friendly aluminum ramp, you will not only be employing a reusable and recyclable source, but you will avoid future repairs or replacements. To help you find the perfect fit, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of portable and semi-permanent ramp options that are easily movable and can be reconfigured to meet any future changes.

Coat it up

Not only do aluminum ramps have the longevity and durability to stand up to the elements, they also provide an attractive alternative to a wooden ramp. By using our powder coating option, you can easily match your access equipment to your exterior surroundings. The coating emits zero or near zero volatile organic compounds and the overspray can be recycled, making it possible to achieve nearly 100 percent use so not a drop goes to waste.

Stay Simple

For a non-invasive mobility solution, our TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat is the easy answer to your needs. Suited for doorways both inside and outside, this mat will not interfere with the door tracks and is sure to provide a safe entry or exit. Made from 100 percent recyclable material and available in three colors, this mat is a simple solution for your home or office.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing safe and sustainable answers for all your access needs. To learn more about how our products can benefit you, contact our team today!

Welcome Spring with TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps

 

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to welcome in the warmer weather with help from EZ-ACCESS! By utilizing our full line of TRANSITIONS® threshold ramps, mats, and plates you will be able to brush off the winter blues and bring in the sunshine for everyone, no matter their mobility restrictions.

Why TRANSITIONS?

Not only is every TRANSITIONS threshold solution completely seam-free, making them extremely safe for mobility users, but they are available in several materials to match your specific application and the décor of your home. Offering either an extruded design or applied surface for exceptional traction, each product includes only a handful of steps for setup so that you can easily and quickly get the access you need. Finally, each TRANSITIONS threshold solution is lightweight and easy to transport, making it a breeze to adjust to any future changes.

Welcome in the Family

To get the most ideal access solution for your unique needs, EZ-ACCESS has a full line of TRANSITIONS ramps, mats, and plates to improve your home or office safety. Discover your perfect fit today:

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Ramp – Supporting doorways up to 5 ⅞ inches high, this angled entry ramp offers swivel feet that allow for varying heights and doorway angles. Uneven surfaces are not a problem with the Angled Entry Ramp!

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Ramp – Extending up to 6 ¼ inches high by simply sliding in additional sections, this modular entry ramp features a smooth path from door to ramp. Use the Modular Entry Ramp with a sliding glass door or other doorways to make every entry easy for the mobility user in your home.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat – One of two completely rubber mats in the TRANSITIONS family, this angled entry mat can reach 2 ½ inches high and is ideal for areas with cross traffic thanks to its unique beveled edges. This “welcome” mat is available in Black, Storm Grey, and Hazelnut Brown in order to match the desired aesthetic of your home.

TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat  – An additional rubber mat in the TRANSITIONS family is the modular entry mat, which does not feature beveled edges, but rather can reach a height of 4 ¾ inches using rubber risers.

TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Plate – With this single-piece, formed aluminum plate you can help eliminate trip hazards and accommodate most mobility devices. Available in 8, 10, and 12 inches, this portable solution comes with an applied slip-resistant surface, which offers superior traction no matter the condition.

Each spring brings plenty of opportunities to make treasured new memories with your friends and family. With helpful products and assistance from EZ-ACCESS, you will have the tools you need to make sure everyone feels included. Contact our team today to get started!

It’s a Pair with EZ-ACCESSORIES®

For individuals with limited mobility, life doesn’t slow down! Keeping on the move is an essential way to maintain independence, stay fit and improve your overall health. However, transportation can be difficult if you have no place to store vital equipment.  If your access gear is slowing you down, EZ-ACCESS has got you covered with our line of EZ-ACCESSORIES. Together, we can find the perfect pair!

Wheelchair

If you are a wheelchair user, EZ-ACCESS has a wide variety of options to keep your personal belongings safe. You can be sure to find the perfect product to fit your needs. For shopping, the Wheelchair Back is a heavy-duty solution and can be easily attached to the back of the wheelchair with adjustable straps, giving you the freedom you need to keep moving. If you need a more lightweight option, the Wheelchair Underneath Carrier can be attached underneath your chair to hold papers, books or magazines. To get the best of both worlds, our Wheelchair Pack provides a large, durable pack with deep pockets behind the wheelchair and includes outside mesh pockets. These pockets keeps your necessary items, such as a phone or tablet, handy and still provides liberal room for storage.

Scooter

Scooters and power chairs provide needed assistance for individuals with limited mobility, however, they can be inadequate when it comes to storage. To keep important items close, the Scooter & Power Chair Pack is easy to install over the back of the seat for a comfortable and secure fit. If you need even closer coverage, the Scooter Arm Tote keeps your personal belongs safely within reach.

Walker

Although baskets can be handy for storing larger items in your walker, it can be less than reliable for smaller items such as phones or keys. To add more privacy and security, EZ-ACCESS recommends the Walker Basket Liner. Not only does it come with two expandable pouches to hold larger items like beverage containers, but it also includes a zippered pocket for smaller or more personal objects. If your needs extend past a typical basket, the Walker Carryon is the functional answer to your traveling problems. Available in two styles, including a side or front mount, this spacious storage container has several individual pockets in a variety of sizes so you can easily access your belongings.

Crutches

Although crutches provide convenient assistance for a wide variety of conditions, they can also be one of the most difficult items to maneuver. Since your hands are consistently at work, carrying essential items becomes extremely difficult. For a convenient and easy solution, the Universal Crutch Pouch can be fitted to a cane or crutch to provide you with the storage you need.

Although staying on the move can come with potential obstacles for people affected by limited mobility, securing these essential products can ensure you have the peace of mind needed to stay safe no matter where life takes you. To find out more about how EZ-ACCESS can help you, contact our team today!

How to Increase Bathroom Safety in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals affected by mobility restrictions, every day can present possible obstacles. This is particularly true when it comes to home safety. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing the safety you and your family deserve. With these helpful guidelines and products, you can maintain security and get the peace of mind you need.

  1. Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  1. Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is not slick. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

  1. Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency. Above all, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. To ensure safety for your loved ones and prevent injuries to family members or caretakers, EZ-ACCESS recommends the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the TILT is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution that’s perfect for your family. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, you can maintain independence and still get the needed security to avoid falls.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips and products can help keep your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about how you can make your home more accessible, 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.

How to Maintain Your Modular Ramp this Winter

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Investing in modular ramps are a crucial component to aiding individuals affected by disabilities as well as providing important on-site industrial access. However, harsh weather can wear down vital pieces. This winter, don’t let snow and ice damage your system. With these key steps from EZ-ACCESS, you will be able to ensure longevity and protect your mobility investment.

Step 1: Prevention is Key

Prior to expectant snowfall, anti-icing chemicals can provide additional safety. Often used on roads, these solutions are applied to concrete and metal surfaces before snow or ice accumulation to prevent potential buildup.

Step 2: Keep it Clear

Snow buildup can cause your modular ramps to become slick and dangerous. Ensure the surfaces are clear and free of snow and ice by shoveling or sweeping the snow. Next, apply magnesium chloride, or rock salt, to the ramps and platforms.  This will help melt the snow and prevent slippage. To stay on top of the weather, always sweep your ramps even after a light dusting of snow. Doing so will help prevent dangerous buildup.

Step 3: Take Advantage of Powder Coating

In order to further defend your access equipment from snow and ice damage, EZ-ACCESS offers powder coating options. This spray powder produces a much thicker coating then conventional liquid and ensures that your valuable investment has additional protection. Available in black, brown or tan, the coating is easy to blend in with your home or business’ architectural style and still provide you with the elemental protection you need.

Winter provides ample opportunity for snow and ice damage to your modular ramp system. Utilizing these steps can help combat the weather and ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help provide mobility assistance for the upcoming months, contact our team today.

 

Using Home Furnishings to Improve Home Safety

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Home means a lot of things to a lot of people. For many of us, it is a place of safety and comfort. But, how do you make sure your home is still safe when you or a loved one is living with limited mobility? Fear not, because EZ-ACCESS is here to help. September is National Home Furnishings Month, and we’re here to provide you with ideas on how to not only keep your home stylish, but also add functionality and safety for individuals with limited mobility.

Door Threshold Ramps

For older homes, many doors may be difficult to access using a power chair, mobility scooter, manual wheelchair or other mobility aids. Door threshold ramps are an ideal solution that provide an easy transition between doors and other uneven surfaces throughout the home.

Portable Ramps

Individuals living with limited mobility are still as active as they can be, and that means traveling. Portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are easy to carry and lightweight, but sturdy enough to withstand repeated use. While designed for travel, our portable ramps can also be set up at home to make entering and exiting your home easier.

Wheelchair Lift

A more permanent solution that can be installed in your home, wheelchair lifts make it easier to access porches and decks when there may not be room for another mobility solution like a ramp. EZ-ACCESS’ Passport Vertical Lift is designed for easy installation and can handle weights of up to 750 pounds to make sure your home is accessible, no matter how much space you have.

At EZ-ACCESS, it is our mission to provide accessibility solutions that make your home better and easier to navigate. To find out which ramp might be best for your home, please use our ramp selector tool. And, if you’re ready to make a purchase, you can use our dealer locator tool to find a vendor who sells EZ-ACCESS products near you.

 

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!