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4 Tips for Traveling with Disabilities

 

Traveling brings plenty of opportunities for families to create treasured memories, seek historic sights and reconnect. However, for individuals with limited mobility, it can also bring potential complications. At EZ-ACCESS, we believe that the ability to explore should never be limited. That’s why we offer these important safety travel tips so that you and your loved ones can enjoy adventure, without sacrificing safety.

1.) Create a Plan

Although new cities are exciting, unfamiliar areas can be potentially dangerous for people traveling with disabilities. To avoid any possible problems, make sure to research the doctors and physicians in the area. Medical associations within the city are also a great source of information and may offer solutions in identifying accessible attractions and restaurants.  For those that rely on wheelchair assistance or need medication, make sure to bring spare equipment in case of malfunction. If you are renting any medical equipment, be sure to arrange it in advance. Calling to double check that everything is in order before you depart is also a good practice.  Above all, make sure you have the essential contact information for your doctor, and inform them of where and when you will be traveling. Doing so ensures that they will be ready to help in the event of an emergency.

2.) Use a Travel Agency that Specializes in Disabilities

It may seem simple to set up personal trips or flights without professional assistance, however, doing so can cause potential problems in the long run. By utilizing an agency that specializes in travel for the disabled, you can eliminate stress and ensure that no detail is overlooked. These agencies help arrange access to handicap vehicles as well as accessible transportation and lodging. Additionally, if any problem does arise, you can contact them for help throughout your trip.

3.) Prepare for Your Flights

If you will be flying, don’t arrive at the airport without first researching the layout. Details such as bathroom location can help in case of an issue. Make sure to give yourself an extra one to two hours prior to departure in order to get through security. Don’t forget to pack emergency equipment in your carryon as well. For catching connecting flights, 90 minutes is recommended for a layover. If you need assistance while boarding, be specific with your requests especially if it includes lifting or handling. Additionally, don’t forget to request a specialty seat or supply any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

4.) Get the Right Gear

For those traveling by vehicle, bringing your mobility scooter or power chair along for the ride can be a potential obstacle. That’s why we are making traveling easier with Haulway® vehicle lifts from EZ-ACCESS. Available in a variety of weight capacities, these lifts can easily be attached to a wide range of vehicles to ensure you have the assistance you need to keep moving. To find the right lift for you, contact our team today!

Travel can be hectic but the experience of sharing new adventures with loved ones makes it worthwhile. With these tips, you can help eliminate stress and avoid potential emergencies. At EZ-ACCESS, it is our ultimate goal to create new and innovative ways for individuals affected by limited mobility to enjoy the world around them. Find out how we are taking big steps by visiting http://capabilities.ezaccess.com/.

Maximizing Your Haulway® Lift is As Easy as A-B-C!

 

Getting the security you need to travel safely can present potential complications for individuals affected by disabilities. However, with the right tools, you can maintain your independence and still enjoy treasured experiences with your loved ones. So how do you start? By memorizing the alphabet!

A: Access

To get the customized solution you need to travel safely, Haulway vehicle lifts offer several options so you can securely enjoy the ride. With these lifts, you can take your mobility scooter or power chair with you when you travel and get the peace of mind you need to stay safe and active.

B: Boost

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to continually advancing our products so that you can get the most efficient access solution possible. That’s why we are proud to introduce our HAULWAY Scooter and Power Chair Lift portable battery pack option. Not only does this allow for increased ease of installation and a Plug-N-Play solution, but it does not require a direct connection to the vehicle’s battery. To keep your lift moving, simply install the battery pack near the license plate holder on your lift with the provided bolt-on tray. Once it is fully charged, your lift will be able to perform approximately 20 to 30 cycles, depending on the weight and current temperature. Since the Plug-N-Play option does not require wiring to the vehicle, there is no invasive assembly required.  Featuring a durable and weather-resistant case as well as a status indicator for easy reading, this portable battery pack is the perfect investment in getting the most out of your HAULWAY vehicle lift!

C: Contact

With the Haulway vehicle lift, you can ensure you have access no matter where your travels take you. By utilizing the battery pack option, there is no limit to where you can go. To get started on your journey, the team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help. Learn more about the advantages of the Haulway portable battery pack by contacting us today!

Lift Off for Safety with HAULWAY® Vehicle Lifts!

 

Traveling can bring potential problems for those who use a scooter or power chair. Although mobility devices create a safe and easy aid in completing daily tasks, they also can cause difficulty when using vehicles. At EZ-ACCESS, security is our primary concern. To stay active no matter where you go, Haulway vehicle lifts provide the perfect safety solution for you and your loved ones. Available in three models, these scooter and power chair lifts attach to a wide range of vehicles and provide you with the customized solution you need to keep moving forward.

Get the Job Done with the Haulway Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift

No matter your mobility restrictions, life does not slow down! For heavy-duty security and functionality, the Haulway® Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift has got you covered. Designed for large scooters and power chairs with a weight capacity of 325 pounds, it makes transportation a breeze. Featuring auto-retractable ratchet tie-downs and an automatic fold system, this vehicle lift gives you the support you need to obtain the freedom you deserve.

Find the Right Fit with the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift

Our most popular automatic external lift solution, the Haulway® Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is designed with your convenience in mind. With a weight capacity of 275 pounds, the lift is equipped to carry medium to large three to four wheel scooters or medium-sized power chairs. Available for use on vehicles with a Class II or Class III hitch, the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect way to enjoy life on the road!

Keep it Simple with the Haulway Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift

For lightweight mobility devices, the HAULWAY Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect solution! Featuring a 175-pound weight capacity and an automatic tilt to secure your mobility device over steep inclines; this vehicle lift is the perfect way to transport your smaller mobility unit with ease.

Traveling with disabilities can be complicated but, with the right gear, you will be on the go in no time. To find the right fit for your travel needs, the EZ-ACCESS® Haulway® Lift Master is the simple way to find out which lift is ideal for your mobility device and vehicle.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are not only committed to ensuring you have the mobility solutions you need to enjoy life to the fullest, but we are devoted to continual improvement. That’s why we are proud to introduce the new Haulway portable battery pack. To find out more about this exciting new product, contact our team today!

Tips to Travel Safe with Your Wheelchair for National Safety Month

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Are you planning a summer vacation, but you’re unsure what precautions to take to keep you and your mobility equipment safe?  The EZ-ACCESS team understands your concerns.  In honor of National Safety Month, here are a few items to keep in mind when traveling with your mobility device this summer.

  1. Use Your Portable Mobility Ramp Safely

Mobility ramps are our area of expertise and we can’t stress enough how important it is to use your portable mobility ramp in the way it was designed to be used.  This means to only use your ramp at the proper incline, be mindful of weight restrictions and store properly to avoid injury.

  1. Take Along Backup Equipment

Be prepared for anything by remembering to pack replacement parts and backup batteries/chargers.  If your mobility device is battery operated, what is your plan of action in case of a power outage?

  1. Beat the Heat

Heat and hydration is extremely important in the summer, especially for wheelchair users.  Have a plan for staying hydrated throughout the day and know the signs of heat stroke.  Watch for our next blog where we cover the signs of dehydration and heat stroke in detail.

  1. Plan Ahead

Be prepared for any accessibility issues beforehand.  You can do this by calling the places you are visiting to discuss your needs.  This will give you more peace-of-mind and allow the hotel, restaurant or other destination to prepare for your arrival.

Now that you know these four simple precautions, go out and enjoy your summer.  Remember to use your ramp correctly, bring replacements, stay hydrated and call ahead.  If you have questions about how to properly use your portable mobility ramp, contact the helpful customer service team at EZ-ACCESS!

Top Lessons-Learned About Wheelchair Travel in Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In honor of the Irish holiday, the team at EZ-ACCESS researched the best ways for wheelchair travel in The Emerald Isle (Ireland).  This is what we found:
Flying with Wheelchair to Ireland
Flying to Ireland is the easy part.  As with any flight, you’ll need to check your wheelchair with your luggage.  You will then be taken by manual wheelchair to your gate and may use a special wheelchair when on your flight.  For more specifics, we recommend that you contact the airline that you are flying with to check on all requirements.  By law, all airlines flying within Europe are required to help those with reduced mobility to and from their flight for no extra charge.
Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
Whether you are staying in a hotel, castle, manor house or vacation rental, there are many choices with wheelchair accessible rooms and wheelchair accessible shower cabins.  A full list of wheelchair accessible hotels, castles, manor houses and vacation rentals is available at Discovering Ireland Vacations. Again, it is always recommended that you contact your destination first to find out about their wheelchair accessible rooms and access to other parts of the grounds.
Wheelchair Accessible Transportation
You’ll have many options when traveling around Ireland. The Dublin bus system allows for one wheelchair space, Dublin’s rail system provides generous space for wheelchairs; however, not all stations are wheelchair accessible.  When traveling by rail, we recommend booking a wheelchair space in advance to guarantee your travel.  For car rental, contact Motability Ireland which offers many features to accommodate those with reduced mobility.
Wheelchair Accessible Sightseeing
When planning your sightseeing schedule, be sure to check out these wheelchair accessible tourist attractions listed at Accessible Ireland.com.  These sights are a must-see and should offer little to no frustrations for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
Have you traveled to Ireland?  What was your experience with accessible locations?  We’d love to hear from you so please comment on the EZ-ACCESS Facebook page with your thoughts on accessible travel!