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Q&A: Find the Mobility Gear You Need to Hit the Road

The sun is shining and the days are longer, making it the perfect time to load up for an outdoor adventure with your family!  However, for those in mobility devices, hitting the road can come with potential obstacles. In order to get the portable ramp that fits your unique needs so that you can travel safe, it’s not enough to simply buy the first available option. To get the customized solution necessary, EZ-ACCESS breaks down the facts so that you can get the right fit, the first time!

How Do I Find the Right Ramp?

Step One: In order to get the correct size, measure the height of your vehicle’s landing or top step that you’ll be using your mobility device on. If you are unable to get out and measure this height, look up the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle.

Step Two: In addition to the height of your vehicle landing or top step, find the recommended degree of incline for your mobility device in your manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

Step Three: Next, you’ll need to take the rise you found for your vehicle and your recommended degree of incline to the EZ-ACCESS Incline Chart.  The incline chart will tell you what ramp length you’ll need to maintain a safe degree of incline for your desired height usage.

Step Four: Finally, the issue many people forget to check on is whether the portable ramp is small enough to fit into your vehicle. You can find the size of the portable ramp when it is folded for storage on our website to make sure it will easily fit into your vehicle.

Getting the right ramp to fit your needs can be a process, however, by incorporating these easy guidelines you can get the perfect match. For additional assistance, our friendly team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help make the process go smoothly. Contact us today for more information!

Find Out Why People Love Our Portable Ramps

At EZ-ACCESS, we know life doesn’t slow down for people affected by mobility restrictions. With our innovative access solutions, we can help ensure you have the tools needed to keep moving forward. With a full line of portable options available, you can find the support you need wherever you go. Find out why our customers love our portable ramps!

Suitcase® Trifold® AS Ramp

“This 8 foot long ramp has a better angle and now we can just keep my sister in her wheelchair and roll her in and out of the house. The ramp is heavy-duty aluminum construction, very solid, foldable for storage, traction material and side edges for safety. Definitely has been a good purchase for us and I’d recommend it.” – George M., Amazon User

As our largest portable ramp, the SUITCASE Trifold AS Ramp is ideal for raised landings, steps, or larger vehicles. It offers easy conversion from ramp to ground, as well as the ability to separate into two individual sections, making this portable ramp the perfect accessibility solution for your family!

Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp 

“This ramp is sleek, sturdy and easy to install. I needed a ramp for visitors to my mid-century modern house/office and dreaded the possibility of some functional monstrosity conflicting with the lines of my home. I don’t think I could have found anything better than this industrial-chic ramp.”Amazon User

With the GATEWAY Solid Surface Portable Ramp, you get the functionality you need without making any major adjustments to your home or office. Since it’s a one-piece design, no moving parts are necessary. Due to the durable aluminum materials, not only will it combat the outdoor elements, but it will also stand up to the test of time.

Transitions® Angled Entry Mat

“I absolutely love this ramp! So much so, that I’ve ordered another for the back door. I told my physical therapist about it and she was thrilled to know about it.” – Wendy R., Amazon User

To increase accessibility in your home with ease, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat is the perfect noninvasive solution. Accommodating for both inside and outside doorways, our mat is made with 100 percent recyclable fiber and available in three different colors.

For those living with limited mobility, getting the perfect access solution is a necessity. With a large variety of both portable and modular ramp options, EZ-ACCESS has a customized answer no matter your situation. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help!

3 Winter Tips for Wheelchair Use

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The arrival of winter can bring plenty of opportunities for family fun, gatherings and games. However, for people affected by disabilities, it can also mean potential problems. Snow can create treacherous walkways, leaving those with limited mobility at a distinct disadvantage. By using these winter guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

  • Create Winter Tires

This winter, snow tires are not just for your car! Reinforcing the tires on your wheelchair can help you get through snowy walkways and uneven terrain. Not only will this help increase your traction, it is an easy and inexpensive safety addition you can do at home. Simply purchase sturdy plastic or nylon wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of your wheelchair’s tire and wheel. For manual wheelchairs, space 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and make sure the tie heads point slightly away from the tire. To avoid hurting your hands, the tie heads should be placed on the inside of the wheel and not downward under the tire. This will help dig into the snow to make for an easier ride.

  • Have a Back-Up Power Source

The winter weather can create additional obstacles for those with limited mobility. If you have an electric wheelchair or other medical equipment that requires electric power, be prepared with a back-up power source such as a portable generator.  This will ensure you are equipped in the event of an emergency.

  • Utilize Portable Ramps

To give you peace of mind no matter your location this winter, portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are a simple and versatile solution for those with limited mobility. These ramps can be easily transported to help you safely enter and exit vehicles as well as avoid snowy staircases and curbs. With a large variety of options as well as non-slip surfaces for additional traction, you can find the one best suited for your individual needs.

The upcoming winter months can be daunting, but with these helpful tips and products from EZ-ACCESS, you can enjoy this time of year to the fullest. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help you get the security you deserve year-round, contact our team today.

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, 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.

 

Access For All: Accessibility Solutions for Holiday Gifts

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

A ramp is the perfect gift for your loved one with limited mobility.

 

This time of year divides people into two groups. One group consists of a group of people who are easy to shop for, the ones who you know exactly what to get them for a holiday gift without thinking twice. The second group is on the other side of the coin. These are the ones that are hard to shop for, the ones that make you wrack your brain to come up with the perfect gift idea, only to come up with no ideas.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift idea for a family member, friend or loved one with limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS has gifts that are sure to be helpful and appreciated. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide accessibility solutions, whether it is during the holiday season or at any other time during the year.

Here are some ideas that would make great gifts for anyone with limited mobility.

  • Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp: This is the perfect gift for someone with limited mobility that does traveling. The Gateway is designed to be durable and easily moveable. All you have to do is set it in place and it’s ready to use in any weather.
  • Suitcase Singlefold Ramp: This is another good ramp for anyone who is on the go. Designed to be easy to carry and portable, the Suitcase Singlefold Ramp is available in different lengths between 2 feet and 8 feet long.
  • Pathway Modular Access System: This ramp system can be customized and built to fit the entrance to any home. This is a system great for people who use wheelchairs, power chairs, mobility scooters or prosthetics.

EZ-ACCESS is here to help provide the perfect gift through accessibility solutions. To find out which solution is the best for you, use our ramp selector tool or contact us to speak with a member of our expert staff.

SUITCASE RAMPS: Accessible Solutions for the Holidays

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

The SUITCASE line of ramps will be available for rental during the holiday season.

 

It seems as if 2014 has come and gone in a flash. It’s already December, which means we are in the full swing of the busiest shopping season of the year trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on our list. But the holidays are about more than shopping, it’s about spending time with friends, family and the people who mean the most to us.

Millions of Americans are going to be traveling many miles to spend time with loved ones during the holiday season. EZ-ACCESS wants you to be able to enjoy the holiday season with all of your loved ones. We’re here to provide the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone can make it in and out of your home during the holidays.

In an effort to help make it easier to make your home accessible for friends or family that have limited mobility, EZ-ACCESS vendors will be offering our portable ramps from our SUITCASE line for rental. These ramps are designed to be easily carried from place to place so you can use them at your own home or while on the go. The ramps are easy to set up and durable so that you can use them over and over again.

Renting a ramp for the holidays is easy. Once you find an EZ-ACCESS dealer in your area, which you can do easily with our dealer locator tool, you get in touch with the vendor to let them know you are interested in renting. And if you find that you like the ramp and want to keep renting, you may want to consider buying the SUITCASE ramp. At typical rates, the ramp pays for itself in just three months.

No one should be left out of the holiday celebrations, and EZ-ACCESS provides the accessibility solutions to make sure everyone is included. Contact us to find out how we can help improve the accessibility at your home today.

Portable Ramps and Threshold Ramps for Thanksgiving

A portable ramp will make it easier for guests to get in your house.

 

So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your place, huh? Sitting down and sharing a seemingly endless meal of good food and great company with your family will undoubtedly be a fun time. However, it also means there’s going to be a lot of stuff on your plate, literally and figuratively, as you plan to accommodate extra people in your home.

EZ-ACCESS hopes to take some of the stress out of hosting Thanksgiving at your home. If you’re cooking, cleaning and setting the table, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether everyone can make it through the front door. Let us take care of that with one of our residential ramp that will make it easier for a family member with limited mobility to make it into your home.

Portable Ramps for Thanksgiving

One of those portable ramps that can help add access to your home is our SUITCASE® Singlefold Ramp. The best thing about this portable ramp is its portability, which allows the ramp to be easily folded up so it can be carried to your destination. When you need to use it, simply unfold it and securely place it. The portable ramp will do the rest.

Threshold Ramps for Thanksgiving

Maybe you don’t need a portable ramp, but it can still be a little tough to get someone with a mobility scooter or wheelchair over the threshold and through the front door. If that’s the case, you may want to consider our TRANSITIONS® Angled Entry Mat or the TRANSITIONS® Modular Entry Mat. Both of these threshold ramps are easy to transport and place to provide a smooth transition over your thresholds so members of your family can easily get in and out of your home on Thanksgiving.

If you’re not sure which of our portable ramp or mat systems is the best fit for your home, use the EZ-ACCESS ramp selector tool, which can help you  find out which of our products will work best to suit your needs. We hope we can help take out some of the stress from your hosting duties, that way you can focus on enjoying the time with your family.

Flying with Your Mobility Scooter or Power Chair

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As Thanksgiving approaches later this month, millions of Americans will be taking to the country’s skies to see their loved ones. But for those with limited mobility who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters or power chairs, there are some extra challenges that accompany cross-country travel.

At EZ-ACCESS, we strive to make sure that everyone is comfortable and has access to their home. But, we also want to make sure that everyone can reach their destination for the holidays. With that in mind, we bring you some travel tips to help those with limited mobility travel easier.

  • Planning ahead: Whether you have limited mobility or you’re making plans to travel with someone with limited mobility, it’s important to think ahead. If you’re flying, be sure to make your reservation well in advance. While making the reservation, inform the booking agent that you will be traveling with a mobility scooter, wheelchair or power chair. The sooner the airline knows about your needs, the greater likelihood you’ll have fewer hassles. Be sure to confirm all your requests a couple of days before you’re scheduled to depart.
  • At the Airport: Like during the planning stages, it’s important to think ahead. That means you need to make sure to arrive at the airport early to give yourself plenty of time to get to your flight if something unexpected comes up. When checking your mobility scooter or power chair, request that it is returned to you at the gate when you arrive. Be sure to mark your name and address on any equipment and make sure it has a gate delivery tag so it is returned to you when you reach your destination.

Once you get to your destination, make sure you have arranged for transportation that will accommodate the power chair or mobility scooter. To make sure you have an easy time getting into your destination, check out our portable ramps that are easy to set up. EZ-ACCESS also has storage packs to give your power chair or mobility scooter more storage.

Benefits of Using a Portable Ramp from EZ-ACCESS

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Portable ramps can make mobility much easier for you!

If you are a wheelchair or scooter user, you probably have some sort of ramp system that allows you to enter and exit your home. But what about when you go to other locations, like family and friends’ homes and other places that are not wheelchair accessible? And what about getting in and out of cars and other transportation? It can be incredibly frustrating if there are not ramps available to you. Without assistance from someone, you may not be able to get over certain thresholds or up stair entrances. Eliminate that issue with a portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS. We understand the importance of ease of mobility. We have a wide selection of lightweight, easy-to-transport ramps so you can get where you need and want to go at any time. Learn about the options we have for you below and their benefits.
SUITCASE Singlefold Ramp
This ramp is lightweight, ultra-strong, and folds once for carrying. Features an extruded slip-resistant tread and a bottom transition plate for an easy ride from ramp to ground. The surface is 30 inches wide and has an 800 pound weight capacity. The SUITCASE Singlefold Ramp is available in 2-8 foot lengths.
SUITCASE Trifold AS Ramp
This ramp has a unique three-fold design and can be carried in two parts or as one unit. This ramp has an applied surface (AS) that is slip-resistant, a 29-inch surface and 800 pound weight capacity.
SUITCASE Singlefold AS Ramp
This ramp is similar to the SUITCASE Singlefold Ramp but has a 29-inch surface, applied slip-resistant tread and is available in 2-6 foot lengths.
Top Lip Extension
Consider getting this addition for your ramp. It extends the top lip to nine inches, helping you to get over larger bumpers.
When choosing a portable ramp, it’s important to consider the amount of weight it can bear, the type and durability of the materials used, and the type of wheelchair or scooter you’ll be using so you can choose the best ramp to match it. Our ramps are made of aluminum, making them lightweight and extremely durable and resistant to the elements.
EZ-ACCESS wants you to have comfortable mobility wherever life takes you.  If you would like to learn more about our portable ramps and find out which is best for your wheelchair or scooter model and personal needs, contact us today!