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Five Accessibility Apps for Wheelchair Users

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Download these apps to find wheelchair accessible destinations in your neighborhood and all over the world

 

Wheelmate

 

WheelMate lets wheelchair users around the world locate wheelchair-accessible toilets and parking spaces. The WheelMate app currently has more than 30,000 locations across 45 countries – and more are being added every day. Learn more

 

Wheelmap

 

Wheelmap is based on OpenStreetMap and works similar to Wikipedia - everyone can contribute to improving the accumulated data. The app draws its information directly from the net. All data is always up to date. Learn more

 

Access Earth

 

According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Access Earth founder and creator Matt McCann started working on the app after he booked a stay at a hotel that had advertised itself as wheelchair accessible, only to find that it was not. Access Earth members “give each other the specific information they need to try new restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions without worrying about accessibility.” Learn more

 

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Wheely NYC 

 

With stairways to the subway and lack of signage, those are only a few of the many accessibility challenges wheelchair users can face while in New York City. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by Anthony Driscoll, a Parsons New School MFA Design and Technology candidate, who was inspired to create this app through his travels with his father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more

 

 

AXS Map

 

AXS Map pulls destinations—restaurants, attractions—from Google Maps for users to rate how accessible they are. The app encourages hands-on engagement with the "Mapathon" functionality. The concept of Mapathon is to host a community event to go out and rate accessibility in your neighborhod. If users prefer not to start their own Mapathon, they are also able to join Mapathons with the guidance of AXS maps. Learn more 

 

Freewheel (in development)

 

Although the app is still in development, the world’s first fitness tracker for wheelchair users will take accessibility to the next level for. There is a mounted mechanism attached to the wheelchair that works via Bluetooth that calculates four key factors of wheelchair movement, as well as collects data to map navigable routes for other parties with accessibility needs. Freewheel is being developed by Chaotic Moon Studios in partnership with Accenture. Learn more 

 

 

 

 

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Amramp and HaveHealth Provide Family Caregiver Guide

Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

A sudden medical crisis can drastically alter your life.

Your everyday routine now focuses on how to help your loved one get better, making frequent hospital visits and often making critical decisions with little preparation or resources.

 

Through this difficult process, you have become a family caregiver — an unpaid family member who helps a loved one with a health condition. There is no formal announcement of your new position, nothing to prepare you for what’s ahead or help you manage your shock and anxiety.

 

Your role as family caregiver includes a number of responsibilities, such as

 

  • Advocating for your loved one to make sure the care team treats the whole person, not just the condition, by communicating what’s important about your loved one and what’s important to your loved one.
  • Alerting the care team to circumstances that may not be readily apparent — such as dementia, substance abuse, medication noncompliance, depression, or hearing loss. These can significantly affect your loved one’s ability or willingness to give hospital staff accurate information.
  • Navigating complex healthcare and insurance systems and coordinate care delivered by multiple medical specialists and nursing shifts.
  • Monitoring changes in medications, especially during transitions between different departments and at discharge, and also report side effects that your loved one may not recognize.

 

Your new role isn’t easy—even physicians and nurses working in hospitals report that being a family caregiver for a hospitalized loved one is much more challenging than they ever realized.

 

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A free, easy-to-read guide from HaveHealth — How to help your loved one in the hospital: You can make a difference — can help you manage your caregiver responsibilities. It tells you:

  • The three most important things you can do as a family caregiver
  • Three great ways to help manage your loved one’s health in the hospital
  • Three great ways to help prevent common mistakes made in the hospital
  • Three great ways to keep your loved one from having to go back to the hospital

 

Before discharge from the hospital, preparations must be made for taking your loved one home. You may need to make physical adjustments to the living space to accommodate mobility challenges, such as getting up stairs. When you make changes, you’ll want to comply with local zoning laws and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who’s been trained by the National Association of Home Builders can assist you. This specialist has been instructed in home remodeling that helps individuals recover — and grow old — at home.

 

Amramp has the installation process down to a science with factory-trained professional wheelchair ramp installers, not temporary subcontractors. Amramp delivers and installs Amramp wheelchair ramps in as little as one day from each of its 45 locally owned and operated locations across the United States and Canada.

 

Amramp carries a selection of accessibility home essentials, including:

 

View the full selection of Amramp accessibility options at www.amramp.com, call 1-888-715-7598, or contact [email protected].

 

A family medical crisis is overwhelming, but Amramp’s free home visit to evaluate your loved one’s needs and the free HaveHealth guide to managing the hospital stay can help reduce your stress and help you give your loved one the best care possible.

 

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Beth Suereth is the Founder and Managing Partner of HaveHealth. As a Certified Caregiving Consultant and End-of-Life Doula, she teaches family caregivers how to manage the hospital stay. Beth was previously the National Director of Marketing for BioScrip, a home infusion and home care company. Follow her on Twitter at @BethSuereth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no place like home, set it up to meet your needs

 

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

 

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598

Tags: Amramp, Long Term Care, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Caregiver, HaveHealth

4 Facts about U.S. Veteran Population [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2017

 

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18.5 million

The approximate number of total veterans living in the United States—comprised of 16.9 million men and 1.6 million women

4 million

The number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2016. A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

398,493

The number of all U.S. employer firms that are majority owned by veterans. Veteran-owned firms comprised 7.2 percent of the nation's 5.5 million employer businesses.

19.5

Percentage of veterans who report experiencing a traumatic brain injury during deployment who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq; approximately 18.5 percent of U.S. servicemembers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sources:

  1. Statista, Number of Veterans in the United States in 2016
  2. Veteran Owned Businesses and Their Owners Report, SBA, 2017 
  3. 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, U.S. Census
  4. Tanielian, Terri, Lisa H. Jaycox, Terry Schell, Grant N. Marshall, M. Audrey Burnam, Christine Eibner, Benjamin Karney, Lisa S. Meredith, Jeanne Ringel and Mary E. Vaiana. Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and Cognitive CareNeedsof America's Returning Veterans. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2008. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9336.html

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Increasing mobility for everyone

 

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Tags: Veterans Day, Disabilities, Disabled American Veterans

How You Can Help U.S. Veterans

Posted on Wed, Nov 01, 2017

"The veterans of our military service have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment" - Judd Gregg, former Governor of New Hampshire and former U.S. Senator

Veterans Day honors the brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who have fought and sacrificed for our country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 18.5 million military veterans in the United States as of 2016.

 

It is important to note that there are 4 million veterans who have a service-related disability that occurred during their time of military service and/or continues to interfere with their daily life after their military service. 

 

Amramp is proud to join the nation in giving thanks to all of those who made the sacrifice to protect the United States at home and abroad.

 

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Here are some resources to learn more about how you can help veterans in need:

 

9 Simple Ways You Can Help Veterans

CNN has put together a quick list of ways you can help veterans in your community or throughout the country at-large through small or large acts of kindness. There is a comprehensive list of organizations cited throughout the article dedicated to helping U.S. veterans.

 

Volunteer Locally to Help Veterans with Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit organization that serves veterans in a variety of ways, including providing local volunteer opportunities for individuals to help at VA medical centers or completing everyday chores and home projects such as grocery shopping or yardwork. 

 

6 Ways to Give Back to Veterans

Military.com provides additional veterans-related organizations to connect with, like nonprofits that benefit military service dogs or offer prepaid phone cards to help those in service to call home. 

 

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Tags: Veterans Day, Disabled American Veterans

Amramp welcomes the National PACE Association to our home city of Boston for their annual conference

Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2017

National PACE Association (NPA) will hold its annual conference right in Amramp headquarters' home city of Boston, Massachusetts, which means we don't have to travel very far to showcase patented wheelchair ramps and home accessibility solutions.

PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is an organization Amramp has partnered with and supported for many years in our shared goal of making life easier and more comfortable for aging people —particularly in terms of mobility. Losing physical functionality with age can be disheartening, but many quality Amramp-installed products, like vertical lifts and stair lifts, enable elderly homeowners and renters to live the fullest lives possible in their golden years.

 

2017's NPA Annual Conference takes place at the stunning Westin Boston Waterfront hotel in the popular Seaport district. Close to 700 professionals will gather this year to share experiences and learn from one another through educational sessions, networking events, poster presentations, and more.

 

Some will opt to arrive early for pre-conference training in subjects like

PACE Basics,

Intake/Marketing Workshop, and

Primary Care symposia, Nursing symposia, and

Quality symposia.

 

On October 16th, the conference enters full swing with a Networking PACE Professionals Luncheon, a PACE keynote speech from Dr. BJ Miller, who gave the renowned TED Talk “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” and a conference-wide Opening Night Reception with fun historical interactive programming.

 

 

 

Education is the heart of PACE conference and encompasses Special NPA Workgroup Sessions as well as more innovative sessions:

 

  • Promoting Resilience and Empowerment in PACE: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care,
  • Supporting Communication in the Day Health Center for Participants with Hearing Loss and Dementia,
  • An Enhanced Ethics Culture Can Improve Clinical Outcomes and Minimize Moral Distress,
  • Sometimes You Want to Go Where Everyone Knows Your Name and They're Always Glad You Came: How to Successfully Open a Designated Memory Support Area, and
  • Current Public Policy Developments Impacting PACE.

 

Boston's own Neighborhood PA is host program for the conference; attendees can join offsite visits to their wellness center as well as the Elder Service Plan of Harbor Health PACE Center, the Elder Service Plan of Cambridge Health Alliance PACE Center, and Upham's Corner Elder Service Plan PACE Center.

 

If you plan to attend, make sure to install the NPA Annual Conference mobile app through Whova to make conference navigation easier and more streamlined. You won't want to miss this year's fitness event, an exciting 6K walk/run through the South End of the city—Boston is known as “America's Walking City,” and we certainly hope you'll walk on over to the Amramp exhibitor booth and say hello!

 

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598





Tags: PACE, NPA, National PACE Association, National PACE Association Annual Conference

Amramp Salutes Parents Who Rock Halloween

Posted on Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Every year, Amramp loves seeing how families put together incredible wheelchair Halloween costumes for their children!

Although having limited mobility can be especially frustrating for young children on an average day, we admire parents who make Halloween a special day for their sons and daughters to have the best costumes among their peers. It's hard to miss all of the creativity, love and care that is put into the wheelchair Halloween costumes.

 

Amramp Wheelchair Costume Star Wars Family

 

Amramp Wheelchair Costume Ice Cream Truck

 

Amramp Wheelchair Costume Frosted Flakes x Lucky Charms

 

Amramp Wheelchair Costume Hello Kitty

 

Amramp Wheelchair Costume Carl x Russell Up Movie

 

If you want more wheelchair costume ideas for Halloween, check out our ultimate wheelchair Halloween costume guide!

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Tags: wheelchair solutions, halloween costumes, wheelchair halloween costumes, wheelchair costumes

Amramp Wheelchair Ramp Saves Family from Fire

Posted on Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“The quality of the ramp you installed saved me and my husband’s life. We were thinking about an aluminum wheelchair ramp. Thank God, we did not. My neighbors modular home exploded and my trailer home blew up and your ramp was not damaged and safe to use. I highly recommend this ramp and will in the future to others.”                                                             Sincerely, a Clinton, CT Family

 

Just over a week ago, Bob Danek, owner of the Amramp Connecticut & Eastern New York franchise, and the Amramp Connecticut Team installed a wheelchair ramp for a Clinton, CT family to access their new mobile home. This past Friday, less than a week after the ramp was installed, the family was awoken in the middle of the night by a large explosion. Their whole home was rocked by a blast from their neighbors’ mobile home exploding due to being filled with propane. The family quickly tried to exit their home only to find a large debris field and fire all around them. One family member uses a power chair could safely navigate down our steel modular ramp where they safely exited away from their home - which was on fire at the time. There was debris and fire all around them from the neighbors’ unit, which used to be about 100' away.

 

Many homes in the park were damaged from the blast that flew debris up to 100 yards, but our Amramp Modular Ramp survived!

 

Bob Danek remarked, “Upon inspection of our ramp we found no noticeable damage nor shifting of any part of the ramp. The solid structure of our ramp withstood the force of the blast that knocked out both sliding doors and all the windows in their unit. Our ramp allowed them to safely exit their home during this emergency.”

 

The Amramp steel ramp system is made in South Boston, Massachusetts from recycled steel and is cost effective, energy efficient, attractive…and fireproof!

 

Per design standards, wheelchair ramps are an emergency means of egress in a fire and should be fireproof. Amramp meets and exceeds those criteria and is made from the same steel as fire escapes. Wood and aluminum are not fireproof. Aluminum melts in the heat of a fire. Amramp is your trusted source for safe and affordable wheelchair ramps.

 

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products throughout the US and parts of Canada at residential homes, businesses, schools and institutions.

Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes safely with independence and mobility.

 

Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long-term needs – for purchase or rental. They are not a permanent modification and do not require footings so they can be installed in almost any type of weather.

 

Amramp products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions – even for just one day!

 

Amramp also installs stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, overhead patient lifts and other accessibility products – all intended to keep the people safe at home, among loved ones. Visit www.amramp.com to find out more about Amramp.

Tags: Amramp, Modular wheelchair ramp, steel wheelchair ramp, fireproof, ramp safety, fireproof ramp

5 things you need to know when buying a home stair lift

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

If you have mobility concerns, living in a multi-level home doesn't have to be an issue. Continue living safely in your own home with a home stair lift.

 

Mike from Tennessee understands the impact a stair lift can have on your home mobility. He wrote to Amramp after having a stair lift installed in his home:

 

"Now that I used my chair lift for a while, I want you to know that it has given me more things I can do," Mike wrote. "I can get to the car, go to the mail box, and let my dog out."

 

Don't let stairs create a barrier in your home. Amramp's quick installations and affordability of home stair lifts and outdoor stair lifts make accessibility a breeze.

 

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Five things you need to know when buying a stair lift:

  1. Amramp stair lifts can fit in any space! Whether you're looking to get up 5 stairs or 15, a curved staircase, or a straight one, Amramp can make it work. Amramp has curved and custom units available to ensure that you have access to every part of your home.
  2. Stair lifts can face the weather! Amramp offers both indoor and outdoor models. The weatherproof design ensures your total mobility.
  3. You are in control! Amramp's stair lifts are easy to use. Onboard panels and remote controls allow independent use.
  4. Comfort is key! Amramp's unique design ensures not only your comfort, but also your security. After all, this is about restoring your comfort in your own home.
  5. Stair lifts are quickly installed! Amramp prides itself on quick installations because we understand the importance of safe mobility. Stairs don't have to be a barrier in your home. A quick installation can help you stay in your home longer.

 

Wheelchair ramp manufacturer and installer Amramp offers innovative accessibility products, including the ADA-compliant, patented modular ramp system as well as home stair lifts and outdoor stair lifts. On-site estimates are free and installation is generally within days, often within 24 hours.

 

Amramp's stair lifts can help you regain your freedom in your own home.

For more about Amramp’s wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place products and services, or free on-site estimates, please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center at 888-715-7598.

 

Tags: stair lift, accessibility solutions, home accessibility

Reeve Foundation Awards $10,000 for Amramp Wheelchair Ramps in Richmond, VA

Posted on Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards over $800,000 in Quality of Life Grants

More than $22 million awarded since the program's inception

                                                          

News provided by

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

 

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, announced it has awarded over $800,000 in Quality of Life grants this year. Quality of Life grants support fellow nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation's mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote healthy self-esteem. The program has awarded over $22 million in grants to over 2,900 programs since its inception in 1999. In the first grant cycle of 2017, $809,291 in Quality of Life grants were awarded to 90 nonprofits nationwide. Funding for the grants is made available through the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) operated by the Reeve Foundation under a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

"We are continually looking for new ways for individuals living with paralysis to reintegrate themselves into the community through our grant programs," said Maggie Goldberg, VP of Policy and Programs. "Whether it is a small grant for a ramp to access a public building, or a larger award to support an accessible community playground or transportation service, each project brings us closer to our ultimate goal of full inclusion and independence."

 

The grants given out for this specific cycle covered a variety of projects including:

 

Ramp Access Made Possible by Students (RAMPS), Richmond, VA— $10,000
This Quality of Life grant will support a nonprofit community service organization based in Richmond in which high school student volunteers build modular wheelchair ramps for individuals living with mobility impairments and elderly people in the community who cannot afford a ramp to get them in and out of their homes safely. RAMPS is the "go-to" organization for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System's Spinal Cord Injury and Neuroscience units. Grant funds will support AMRAMP Material (hardened modular steel pieces).

 

Bill Grove and the Amramp Richmond team have been working with the RAMPS program for many years to install wheelchair ramps. Together, they have provided more than 200 wheelchair ramps for area residents in Richmond, VA.

 

About Amramp

Amramp is a national manufacturer and installer of commercial and residential wheelchair ramps, stairlifts and other accessibility solutions to keep people safe where they live, work and play. For more about Amramp's modular wheelchair ramp systems and aging-in-place products and services, please contact the National Call Center at 888-715-7598 or visit our website at www.amramp.com.

 

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB's Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

 

SOURCE Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

 

Tags: wheelchair ramps, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

6 Affordable Changes to Make Your Home More "Senior Friendly"

Posted on Wed, Aug 02, 2017

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You were supposed to grow old together, but now you are starting to feel betrayed… Not from your spouse – but from your house!

 

Your “safe place” is now turning into a scary place. With all the love and attention you gave your house over the years, it seems your house hasn’t kept up its end of the bargain.

 

A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute revealed that nearly 90 percent of surveyed seniors over age 65 want to stay in their current residence for as long as possible, and 80 percent believe that their current residence is where they will always live. However less than half of surveyed seniors indicate their homes are currently equipped to allow them to “age in place”.

 

The idea of staying at home is appealing because it does not involve any major life changes. You can keep your circle of friends and community, shop at the same familiar stores, visit your favorite restaurants, keep your daily routine. But, as situations change, there comes a time when staying at home can become a source of stress rather than a comfort.

 

The key is to evaluate your home and determine what needs to be changed before there are any major health issues. You don’t want to be making remodeling decisions when you are in the middle of dealing with a health crisis – or have someone else making those decisions for you. You also don’t have to do everything at once. If you start planning now before any issues arise, you can space out the work and expense over a period of time.

 

Let’s look at some easy, affordable ways to bring your house back to your safe place again.

  1. Increased lighting, especially at the front and back entrances, maybe with motion sensors so the lights come on as you approach the entrance. Increasing the wattage of the bulbs in interior hallways and stairways. Adding larger windows, skylights or task lighting to the kitchen.
  2. Making a safer entrance with a ramp and railings and smooth threshold transitions between rooms and outdoor decks or patios.
  3. Add safety rails and grab bars in the bathroom
  4. Add a stair lift or platform lift for safe access to the upper and/or lower level
  5. Widen the doorways and hallways to accommodate walkers, scooters or wheelchairs
  6. Add lever handles to doors, cabinets and faucets for easier opening

When you are ready to start your project, look for a company with accessibilities experience who is familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, local zoning laws, and which employs Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) that have been trained by the National Association of Home Builders on remodeling existing homes to age-in-place. 

 

Amramp can evaluate any home to determine what changes are needed to make the living space as accommodating as possible in the years ahead. Check out Amramp’s accessibility solutions online at www.amramp.com. Take advantage of Amramp’s FREE evaluation to review your needs and lay out a remodeling plan by calling 888-715-7598 or emailing to [email protected].

 

Starting to add some or all of these changes now will help you to fall in love with your home all over again!

 

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