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Amramp to showcase at 2018 HCBS Conference in Baltimore, MD

Posted on Wed, Aug 01, 2018

On August 27th- 30th, the National Home and Community Based Services Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD. This conference will focus on the acknowledgment of innovative technology, encouraging partnerships and showing support for the community. Many important administrations will be present, such as federal, state, and local policymakers and those who administer, manage and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. Over 1,500 attendees are expected from all 50 states.

 

This conference is run by The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), founded in 1964. NASUAD represents the nation’s agencies on aging and disabilities and national policies that support home and community based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

 

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Among many, Amramp will showcase its advancements relating to accessible transportation and home related products and solutions like wheelchair lifts, modular wheelchair ramps, portable, lightweight wheelchair ramps, vertical lifts, and threshold ramps. Come learn more than you ever thought you could by listening to guest speakers and attending interactive workshops such as:


  • Aging & Disability 101 for New Directors and First Time HCBS Conference Attendees
  • Housing & Urban Development’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program: Investing in Housing for People with Disabilities & Older Adults
  • No Wrong Door & Lifespan Respite: Sharing a Vision for Connecting Individuals & Their Family Caregivers to Services
  • The Value of Value-Added Benefits: Improving the Lives of Members through Art, Equine, & Pet Therapy Partnerships Atlantic
  • Technology Enabled Tools to Assess & Improve HCBS Programs
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Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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Amramp to exhibit at WCI Conference in Orlando

Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) will hold its 73rd Annual Conference & Expo on August 19-22, 2018, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

 

The conference will focus on bringing together stakeholders in the pursuit of gaining a better understanding of the issues of common concern regarding workers’ compensation. With an abundance of attendees including upper-level executives to end-users of products and services, the WCI’s Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference will allow for enrichment through keynote speakers general and breakout sessions, and roundtables.


Breakout sessions offer the chance for attendees to listen in on topics that catch their attention and dive deeper into the discussion. Possible topics of interest include:


  • “How Pain Becomes Chronic: Using Modern Neuroscience And Cognitive Behavioral Therapy To Inform Pain Recovery” by Geralyn Datz, Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist at Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates, PLLC and David Hanscom, Orthopedic Surgeon at Swedish Neuroscience Specialists.
  • “New Innovations in Treating the Injured Knee: Sub-Chondroplasty to Stem Cell” by Brian Reiter, MD at Atlantis Orthopaedics.
  • “Return to Work Success Stories” by Sherri George;  SkyWest Airlines’ Senior Manager of Workers’ Compensation Christine Lawson,Willis Towers Watson Vice President of Claims, Risk Control, and Claim Advocacy Practice, and Sedgwick CMS Vice President of Managed Care Client Services Tracey Radford.

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Click to learn more about workshop offerings:


Featured keynote speakers and topics include:


WCI 2018 Alliance of Women In Workers’ Compensation Keynote Speaker, Jean Chatzky



WCI 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker, Lee Corso



Join Amramp on-site in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the accessibility products that Amramp can provide to those with mobility concerns following a work-related accident. Don’t miss out on the long list of unique breakout sessions, prominent keynote speakers and engaging conversations with other professionals.


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

 

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Amramp to exhibit at AASC’s national service coordinator conference in Austin

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2018

The American Association of Service Coordinators will feature Amramp’s abundance of home accessibility products and solutions— modular ramps, stair lifts, portable ramps, platform lifts and moreat it’s 2018 National Service Coordinator Conference in Austin, Texas on August 19-22.

 

Join Amramp and service coordinators from around the country as they gather to learn on ways to enhance their care through workshops and network with other professionals.


Attendees will become subject matter experts after attending workshops with topics of interest that may include:

  • Falls & Falls Risk Prevention
  • Disabilities
  • Intersections in Health & Housing
  • HUD Regulations
  • Fair Housing

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The conference will feature 4 distinguished keynote speakers:

The exhibit hall will be open on Monday, August 20 in between general sessions and workshops. Amramp will showcase their array of accommodating products that service coordinators could potentially take advantage of in the future. Be sure to stop by at our booth, we looking forward to meeting with you in Austin!


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

 

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Use Technology to Take Control of Your Health Without Leaving Your Home

Posted on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Technology is giving patients the ability to gain the insight into their health without having to leave their homes. This is great news for those with mobility concerns, avoiding risk of injury such as falls due to weather conditions and terrain.


Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Being able to stay home for routine check-ups could help reduce the staggering amount of injuries.


Technology & Healthcare


Technology is creating roots in our healthcare system, integrating itself into every aspect of the process you’d expect to go through when you see your doctor. In today’s world, you can visit your doctor virtually for a check-up or to seek advice. Healthcare workers are using data from patient phone apps to track blood sugar levels, weight, and many other commonly monitored vitals to gain needed insights to properly assess and diagnose.


The possibilities with technology are endless, and the results have been positive. 80% of physicians are using smartphones and medical apps, and more than 25% of physicians are using mobile technology to provide patient care. Along with the ability to be in communication with patients, technology enables professionals to collaborate. This could be for advanced cases, to gain a second opinion, or just to have everything needed in one place when patients go from one specialty doctor to another. This is the new normal in healthcare.


Your health, healthcare’s future


The American Case Management Association’s (ACMA) 25th Annual Case Management and Transitions of Care Conference’s keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Kraft spoke on “The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us” and his clinical and biomedical perspective on technology and its future impact on health care.


Dr. Daniel Kraft Speaking at TedMed


Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator with more than 25 years’ experience. He is highly regarded for his insights into the impact and potential of technology in the health and medicine sector.


His talk at the ACMA conference gave an overview of how technology is integrating itself into the everyday lives in the healthcare industry and changing how the whole system works.


Be informed about how the changes could affect you


Watch Dr. Daniel Kraft’s Ted Talk “Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that” to inform yourself further on the ongoing changes in healthcare.



For Amramp customers and the general population, having insight into their health can save them multiple trips to their doctor that can hold up their lives. Technology can help to empower those who often need general check-ups to take their lives back. While consultations would still be required, patients can gain back the time it takes to get to and wait at the doctor’s office.


Amramp has the same spirit of empowerment by offering accessibility solutions like wheelchair lifts, modular wheelchair ramps, portable, lightweight wheelchair ramps, vertical lifts, and threshold ramps enabling them to be as independent as they would like to be.


To read more information about the ACMA conference, click here.

 

Live without the worry of accessibility challenges in your own home.

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

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Amramp to exhibit at CMSA's Chicago conference and expo in Chicago

Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2018

 

The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) — the world’s largest case management member organization — will host its 2018 Annual Conference & Expo on June 19 - 23 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

 

The conference will focus on supporting the unique health needs of individual patients and families. At the most highly attended and exhibited Case Management Educational Conference, health care professionals will benefit from a thought-provoking mix of education sessions, keynote addresses, and networking to advance the dialogue around the conference topic: "We are Case Management."

 

Attendees have the opportunity to shape their conference experience with subject-specific tracks, including all-new Legal and Leadership tracks, as well as:

  • Acute Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Workers Comp
  • Discipline Specific Case Management
  • Population Health
  • Managed Care

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Featured keynote speakers and topics include:

General sessions will address professional challenges and include such topics as:

  •    Alone and Impaired: Collaborative Strategies for Safe Discharge of Cognitively Impaired Elder Orphans
  •    Caring for People with Complex Health and Social Needs
  •    Friend or Foe: Are You an Age-Friendly Healthcare Organization?
  •    Population Health for Case Managers

CMSA will also offer extend the opportunity to earn up to 38 Continuing Education (CE) credits, and keep skills sharp in the face of an evolving professional landscape.

Amramp will be on-site in the Exhibitor Hall, showcasing showcasing breakthrough products to improve patient experience and support the work of case managers across the county. Enjoy this dynamic conference line-up, and we look forward to seeing you at our exhibitor booth!



Case closed: Improved case management is a must

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

 

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June is National Safety Month - Staying Safe at Home

Posted on Mon, Jun 18, 2018

June is National Safety Month

 

Home safety is an important topic all year round, but National Safety Month gives us a reminder to stop and assess our surroundings and make adjustments to keep everyone safe at home, especially the elderly and people with disabilities.

 

The first step should be to make a home emergency plan. Develop a plan of action to make sure everyone can exit the home in case of fire or other emergency. Make sure everyone is aware of the exit plan and knows if they have to go help another person.

 

A ramp at one or more entrances to the home can help someone with limited mobility and their caregiver to get out quickly and safely.

 

Smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo or Google Assistant and wearable technology can be used to contact authorities verbally even if someone cannot reach the phone.

 

Next, look around the home – inside and outside – to identify things that may cause falls or injuries.

Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups, but it’s the #1 cause of death for those 65 and older.

 

While falls can happen anywhere, they most often occur at home. What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you love safer?

 

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
  • Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking
  • Secure carpets to the floor
  • Wipe up spills immediately
  • Make sure outdoor areas are well lit and walkways are smooth and free from ice in winter
  • Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
  • Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
  • Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
  • Install railings on both sides of stairs
  • Ramps can help people with mobility issues get into and out of their homes safely and easily
  • Ramps also provide a safe emergency exit in the event of fire
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway
  • Place nightlights in the kitchen, bath and hallways
  • Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., so an older person won't be tempted to use a stool or ladder to get to them
  • If necessary, provide personal walking devices, such as a cane or walker, to aid in stability
  • Consider smart speakers or smart home technology for security and communications

 

Be safe out there!           

 

Amramp accessibility experts offer quick installation and products that are designed to promote aging in place while meeting ADA standards, bringing new meaning to staying “safely at home”.

 

Amramp installs residential and commercial accessibility ramps throughout the US and parts of Canada at businesses, residences, 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 fully access the community with independence and mobility. 

 

Residential Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the housing structure as they are not a permanent modification to the home.  Amramp wheelchair ramps 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. 

 

Amramp provides a full line of accessibility solutions, including wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, grab bars and safety railings and more to keep people safe at home.

 

For more information about Amramp, or to schedule a free evaluation, please call 888-715-7598 or visit our website at www.amramp.com.

 

 

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ADA experts Amramp to exhibit at AIA's NYC architecture conference and expo

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

ADA experts at Amramp will showcase ADA-compliant building accessibility solutions to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s 23,000+ design professionals at its immersive AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 from June 21-23 at the Javits Center in New York City.


As the largest annual gathering of architect professionals in the US, attendees of this "Blueprint for Better Cities" event will learn how leading industry experts are making a positive difference in cities around the world. The event will focus on architecture that considers health and resilience as critical factors, with an emphasis on taking care of ourselves, as well as the environment.

Conference highlights include:

Additionally, the Architecture Expo will feature expo floor sessions hosted by more than 130 innovative building product manufacturers, including Amramp.

 

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Amramp team members will be on-hand to showcase breakthrough products -- wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, pool lifts, vertical lifts, portable showers, and more -- to improve patient experience and support the work of health-focused building professionals across the county.

 

Enjoy this cutting-edge conference agenda, and don't forget to see best-in-class accessibility solutions at Amramp’s exhibitor booth!



Designed for better health: architecture of the future

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3 Easy Ways for Wheelchair Users to Make Summer Travels Less Stressful

Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018

Summer travels are often overwhelming -- trying to beat the heat while also taking on never-ending lines at the airport can be the makings of wishing you’d never left home. For wheelchair users, there is the added stress of being sure that all accommodations are met to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

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Wheelchair users and folks facing mobility issues may find these tips & tricks from Creditcard.com’s article “The fully accessible guide to flying for people with disabilities” helpful to make their flying ordeal more pleasant. 

  1.  Be sure to research all airline choices fully before purchasing tickets 

Each airline offers different accommodations, so looking into what can be provided prior to purchasing (generally non-refundable) tickets is the best bet. Major airlines such as Delta and United Airlines are equipped with many services to aid those with mobility concerns.


Delta airlines has a special group of employees, known as Complaint Resolution Official (CRO), that are specifically trained in understanding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) disability regulations. United Airlines allows you to submit a request online for things such as

  • obtaining an aisle chair,
  • being seated in a chair with a moveable aisle armrest,
  • adjoining seats with a care-provider, and
  • extra legroom.
  1. Call your airline, hotel, and TSA ahead of time to ensure a smooth process

Once you book your ticket, it’s imperative to communicate with those you are traveling with concerning the accommodations you desire. Most are willing to work with you regarding any accommodations needed as long as you call ahead. This gives them time to prepare any equipment or employees that may be needed to assist you. You can also ask for tips on how to make your travel experience easier, such as the boarding process and TSA pre-check.

  1. Take your equipment into consideration

There’s always a chance for something to go not as planned; even the smallest travel setback can cause turmoil. Creditcards.com suggests these considerations for those with a physical disability:

  • Use your own wheelchair or mobility equipment, and check it at the gate. While airlines will provide you with one, using your own equipment can eliminate wasted time and stress from switching from yours to theirs and vice versa.
  • Bring spare parts. If it could break, assume that it will and prepare accordingly.
  • If your wheelchair needs wet-cell batteries or anything that typically isn’t allowed on airplanes, make sure to call ahead and talk with TSA about your equipment needs.
  • Find the right luggage. You want luggage that is easy to handle, protects your medical equipment, and is easy to find in a sea of suitcases.

Many problems that arise at the airport are unavoidable whether it’s lost luggage or a delayed flight, but remember the small things that can be done to prevent the headaches that could’ve been avoided.

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Amramp helps senior population safely age in place at home

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2018

As the saying goes, there's no place like home. Ideally, it's where you feel most relaxed and safest — where you feel like you belong.

 

But what if you didn't? What if being at home started to make you feel nervous, or completely isolated?

 

It may be difficult to imagine, but unfortunately, this is the harsh reality for aging seniors who haven't taken steps to make aging in place more comfortable. They often find themselves without access to certain parts of the home, or the freedom to safely enter and exit at will.

 

Or consider during an emergency – will you or your loved ones be able to escape harm’s way in case of fire?

 

Even simple tasks like climbing the front steps, checking the mailbox, or getting upstairs to bed can become nearly impossible.

 

Staircases and thresholds that were previous unnoticed can quickly become danger zones. Bathrooms can be all but off-limits with the hazards they present.

 

So how can seniors reclaim their living spaces — and the lives they love? Fortunately, there are many manageable proactive steps to safely age in place. Amramp has helped thousands of elders (and families facing mobility issues) make it possible for the aging population across the country.

 

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8 tips to age in place safely

 

  1. Consider a ramp. This is a sensible first step to accessing or exiting the home safely, and at will. Ramps help aging seniors feel more liberated and better connected to the outside world. Ramps make sense event for folks who don’t use wheelchairs or walkers. Better not to wait until a stair accident happens.

 

“Ramps make sense for seniors who are at the stage of stairs presenting a challenge,” said Julian Gordon, Founder & President of Amramp, a leading wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place expert installers nationwide and in Canada.

 

 

  1. Install a stair lift. Whether it's four stairs leading up to the front door, or 20 up to a second-floor bedroom, staircases of any size can be frustrating and dangerous to seniors with mobility concerns. Indoor or outdoor stair lifts can be installed quickly and are easy to use independently.

 

“There’s a common misperception out there that folks have to move out of their two-story homes,” Gordon said. “Consider the cost of moving, finding suitable – and affordable – housing, and disruption to older folks who, quite frankly, may simply not be up for a drastic change at their stage of life.”

 

 

  1. Make grab bars handy. Safety grab bars are one of the easiest ways for aging seniors to get assistance with the kinds of tasks that are routinely done at home, from bathroom trips, to showers, and beyond.

 

“This is the first place to start, and helps folks of all ages. Consider grandchildren who have to hoist themselves up to the toilet,” Amramp’s Director of Marketing Barbara Gayton said. “How many bathroom accessories have been ripped from the studs when a little one needs some help. For an elder, that scenario, sadly, often leads to a trip to the ER. Grab bars simply make sense.”

 

  1. Lower counters and sinks. Help seniors utilize kitchen spaces by considering an adjustable sink or counter space, or remodel to lower sinks for seniors in wheelchairs.

 

  1. Widen doorways and entry points. Seniors can feel stuck if they're blocked from certain spaces in the home because their wheelchair or walker can't fit through the doorway. A simple solution to freely moving about the home is widening doorways to accommodate.

 

  1. Consider a portable shower. For seniors who are temporarily unable to navigate to the shower, the shower can come to them. Portable, roll-in showers make this an option, and can be used wherever there is warm water.

 

“Not just for seniors but also for folks coming home from a procedure or injury. Let’s face it, most homes simply are not set up for life’s unexpected challenges,” Gayton said. “Amramp proudly helps families manage these disruptions and prevent additional injury to the loved one and the caretaker.”

 

 

  1. Install handrails. Making full-grip railings more accessible and pronounced helps prevent falls. The PromenAid Handrail blends with every decor, indoor or outdoor.

 

  1. Cover thresholds and transition points. Threshold and entry ramps help anyone in a scooter, wheelchair, or walker pass through doorways and raised landings. They're also handy for anyone unsteady on foot.

 

Amramp offers quick installation and products that are designed to promote aging in place while meeting ADA standards.

 

Bringing new meaning to “safely at home”

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

 

 

Tags: mobility solutions, ADA standards, aging-in-place, aging life care

Stroke Awareness Month: 3 Steps to Survival

Posted on Tue, May 01, 2018

Stroke. It occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is blocked, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. And it’s the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

 

According to Stroke Center. nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke per year — nearly three-quarters of which occur in people over the age of 65.

 

As sudden, common, and frightening as strokes can be, you can empower yourself with proactive measures that include knowing the symptoms, understanding how to react, and getting the support you – as a stroke survivor or caretaker – need after a stroke occurs.

 

Strokes and Your Brain Health Infographic from the American Stroke Association & American Heart Association

Step 1. Learn the Symptoms

Stroke symptoms come on very suddenly. Here are some of the most common ones, according to the CDC:

  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the face, arm, or leg
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Coordination trouble
  • Severe headache

 

Step 2. Act FAST

The faster you can intervene when someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, the better. Think “FAST” and remember the following…

 

FAST stands for:

  • FACE: Look for drooping one on side of the face
  • ARM: Does one drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Is speech slurred or distorted?
  • TIME: Call 911 right away if you notice these symptoms

 

Step 3. Prepare for Recovery

After stroke survival, it’s time to make an action plan for getting your loved ones back on their feet. To get started, visit Amramp’s helpful guide for preparing the home for a stroke survivor here. Other helpful resources are also available online, including the Careliving Guide from the experts at stroke.org

 

Don’t let a stroke keep your loved ones from feeling safe and comfortable in their own home. Let Amramp’s total mobility solutions offer the freedom and peace of mind they deserve.

 

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

 

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.

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