Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

5 home-safety products for elders’ holiday wish lists

Posted on Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Your Loved Ones Can't Refuse a Present from Santa: Get Them On Board with Home Modifications

 

Of more than 46.2 million elderly people living in the United States, 90 percent wish to remain in their own homes. With this in mind, there is a growing need to address this population’s safety needs and concerns so they may safely do so.

 

One of the biggest challenges in meeting the needs of the elderly population is getting them to recognize those needs for themselves! From “I’m fine!” to “It was just a little slip,” the aging generation often downplays their need for help in safely navigating their own property. As loved ones and caretakers, it’s up to us to let them know what is available – and affordable – to keep them safely living at home.

 

 

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5 holiday wish list home-safety products

 

Have your parents add these to their list “for Santa.” Need help convincing them? See the “why” behind them. They each have their own benefits, but together, they allow your loved ones to keep calling the place they love home!

 

Vertical platform lifts 

 

An essential for accessing raised entries in and around the home. From the stairway that connects the garage to the home, or the front steps that lead to the mailbox, there are raised entries that your loved ones need to access every day.

 

Why: When loved ones’ grapple with compromised mobility, they still need the freedom to come and go as they please, and carry on with day-to-day living. A vertical platform lift offers independence.

 

Wheelchair ramps

 

Make daily navigation a breeze with a slip resistant surface.  Available to rent or own, wheelchair ramps can be easily installed and fitted to most any entryway.

 

Why: You don’t have to be wheelchair-bound to benefit from a ramp in the home. Stairs are tricky at any age, and become increasingly so as we age. This is a good safety move in general, especially if they are getting around on their own using a walker or wheelchair. Consider if they fell, whether anyone would know. We all know how popular the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” systems are.

 

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Grab bars

 

They prevent slips and falls that can be detrimental to the health of our loved ones, young and old. Safety grab bars can be quickly installed by experts into showers and tubs.

 

Why: They may be feeling well now, and thank goodness! But a quick slip and broken hip or knee can change everything, and these accidents become more dangerous with age.

 

Stair lifts – easily installed and designed for safe, comfortable, and independent use rather than hazardous staircases.

 

They provide the convenience and comfort of independent use rather than hazardous staircases. They can be fit to all types of staircases, indoor and out.

 

Why: If your loved ones want to age at home, he or she should be free to access the entire home, and not just parts of it. What good is an upstairs bedroom when it’s not accessible? Stair lifts offer unparalleled freedom to make use of the entire space.

 

Automatic door openers

 

Without the need for tricky wiring, an automatic door opener can be affixed to any indoor or outdoor door, based on individual needs.

 

Why: Finagling doors can be tricky, especially when your hands are full. How convenient is it to walk into a store when you’re pushing a grocery cart, and have the doors just open for you? This solution is all about convenience and ease. This is especially key for loved ones who use walkers and other aids, or perhaps have trouble reaching for doorknobs or locks from a wheelchair. This is also crucial for arthritis and MS sufferers whose hands simply don’t work as they should.

 

With the help of home modifications and safety solutions, our elderly loved ones can be where they want to be, and you can be sure they’re safe. Remind them of this, and they’re sure to get on board. If not, Santa will take the heat!

 

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.

 

 

Home is where your parents are, so make sure they’re safe

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

 

Tags: wheelchair ramp, ramp safety, Holiday wheelchair ramp rentals

Home stair lifts: retain independence and comfort at home without sacrificing safety

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Home stair lifts installed by Amramp accessibility experts

 

Much like people, no two homes are alike. They come in all shapes and sizes, from two floors to split-level and beyond. Likewise, different areas of the home serve very different functions — perhaps the ground level is your main living space, and the second floor is for sleeping and bathing.

 

No matter how your home is set up, it has to be functional for everyone living there. Unfortunately, that’s not possible when a resident has limited mobility and becomes unable to navigate stairs. After all, what good is an upstairs bedroom when you can’t get upstairs?

 

The stair lift experts at Amramp are here to ensure that’s a question you won’t have to answer. Amramp installs affordable stair lift to make your home (or business) completely accessible, no matter your needs.

 

10 reasons stair lifts are an excellent choice for total home mobility

 

  1. Safe
  2. Comfortable
  3. Easy-to-use
  4. Designed for independent use, with onboard and remote controls
  5. Practical, fold-up design
  6. Can be customized, and/or installed to fit curved staircases
  7. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, depending on where you need access
  8. Affordable
  9. Quickly and easily installed with no mess
  10. Restore freedom and independence in the home

 

Mike from Telford, Tennessee, wrote to Amramp about his experience with an Amramp-installed stair lift in the home.

 

He said, “I can get to the car, go to the mail box and let my dog out. The chair lift is so easy to use, and is not an eye sore. You did a great job measuring and planning the design. Your crew did a great job installing the chair…thanks again for your professionalism and attention to detail.”

 

It’s your home. Make sure you and your loved ones can enjoy it fully! The stair lift experts at Amramp can make your home completely accessible in days not weeks with an Amramp stair lift that is suitable for all types of spaces. Your health and mobility are paramount.

 

Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp installs 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.

 

 

 

Home is where the heart is, not where frustration should live

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

 

Tags: stair lift, stairlifts

Vertical Platform Lifts: 3 Reasons They’re the Right Choice for You

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Make your home accessible with a vertical platform lift

 

When you get to your front steps, what do you do? The same thing you do when you get to a staircase attaching your garage to your house, or your deck to your back door: You climb them. It seems like a simple solution. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to negotiate stairways or access raised entries for people with mobility issues. In fact, it presents a challenge that can be frustrating, restricting, and downright dangerous.

 

All across the United States and now in Canada seniors and folks with mobility concerns have regained their independence, shored up their safety, and made their homes accessible with Amramp’s expert-installed vertical platform lifts. Everyone should be free to safely navigate where they want, when they want to, without having to worry about transferring out of their wheelchair.

 

 

3 reasons a vertical platform lift is the right choice:

 

  1. Affordable vertical platforms lifts

Renting or buying, Amramp will work with you to make sure your vertical platform lift is affordable, with plenty of options to ensure you’re equipped with the wheelchair platform lift you need for as long as you need it.

 

  1. Wheelchair lifts installed in days not weeks

Whether you’re in need of a residential or commercial model, for indoor or outdoor use, Amramp’s expert installers will have your wheelchair lift installed properly, safely, and on time. Weatherproof options are a worry-free solution for outdoor spaces. Leave it to the professionals to get you set up. They’re fast, and friendly!

 

  1. Vertical wheelchair lifts are easy to use

Designed for safe and easy use, Amramp’s vertical platform lifts are extremely user-friendly. There is no need to navigate out of your wheelchair or scooter to access the lift. They range in size to accommodate different spaces and needs, and they are virtually maintenance free.

 

Looking to make spaces more accessible in your home or business? Gain full access to your space by contacting Amramp. Your local expert mobility solution installers – all across the U.S and now in Canada – will be able to meet your needs. Installation can happen as quickly as 24-48 hours after you approve your quote.

 

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.

 

 

Wheelchair lifts installed in days not weeks

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

Tags: accessibility, vertical platform lifts, vertical lifts

Amramp experts at National Workers' Comp Disability Conference

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Amramp shares installed accessibility innovations at NWCDC, nation's leading workers' compensation conference

 

For 24 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® (NWCDC) has provided the best workers' compensation and disability management training available. Attracting thousands of industry professionals this year in New Orleans as well as more than 260 vendors, the NWCDC is the nation's leading event for anyone involved in the workers' compensation.

 

In 2015 alone, this industry assisted some 2.9 million Americans who experienced nonfatal workplace injuries in the private sector, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

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NWCDC organizers selected 260+ vendors of claims management software, cost containment solutions, managed care services, medical/pharmaceutical products, RTW services, risk management solutions, and much more: “There's no better place to find, compare, and contrast all the products, tools, and services to help you with your toughest workers’ comp and disability management challenges.”

 

Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp will be exhibiting hand-selected innovative accessibility products, including the ADA-compliant, patented modular ramp system.

 

 

Attendees can also complete continuing education credits, approved for AAOHN, CDMSC, CCMC, CRCC, CWCP, and HRCI.

 

NWCDC kicks off with an opening keynote by Tim East, Director of Corporate Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company. “Fueling Injury Recovery With Engaged Workers” focuses on engaging injured workers in their own recovery. Resolving claims, East advocates, “produces better outcomes for both the employer and employee.” East will discuss how changing demands for technological experiences provide clues for how workers’ comp must evolve to meet the claims experiences workers now demand.

 

One of the myriad mega-sessions includes: “Preventing Prolonged Disability by Assessing and Eliminating Psychosocial Barriers” by Marcos Iglesias M.D., VP & Medical Director at The Hartford. A common challenge for workers’ compensation and disability managers is the conundrum caused by different individuals with the same medical conditions having widely dissimilar recovery durations. Since risk factors for delayed recoveries and disparate functional outcomes can be uncovered and addressed, Dr. Iglesias will “provide practical tools and interventions for mitigating psychosocial risk factors as well as examine how to help workers reengage with normal life activities through measures such as a biopsychosocial model of health.” Dr. Iglesias draws from his experience overseeing the development and implementation of comprehensive disability management solutions that focus on early identification of psychosocial risk factors and appropriate early interventions.

 

With 45 locally owned and operated locations across the US – and now in Canada – Amramp is dedicated to helping injured employees and anyone experiencing mobility challenges regain their freedom. Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp’s installed innovative accessibility products, includes 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.

Tags: ADA, NWCDC, NWCDC 2016

Amramp Provides Access for Keystone Military Families Food Bank in Shoemakersville, PA

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

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Keystone Military Families Food Bank is an organization based in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania that has been assisting deployed troops, veterans and military families since 2002. Their goal is to provide support to the military community while preserving their dignity. They are currently operating a food bank at their Shoemakersville center, serving from 40 to 60 families weekly. They found that some of their families had difficulty accessing the center because it was not wheelchair accessible. They turned to Nick Marcellino to install a wheelchair ramp. Nick and Amramp Philadelphia team were honored to be able to be able to help and provide the ramp.

 

It was a very moving moment when the ramp was completed. It brought tears to the eyes of the staff members. They were all so thankful that the food pantry was now wheelchair accessible for everyone to be able to access safely and easily.

 

Keystone Military Families functions as a resource center and assists Veteran families in finding whatever type of help is needed, from rent assistance to job searches and counseling services. There is an in-house counselor provided by the Lancaster Veterans Center to assist individuals or families with mental health and reintegration issues. KMF works closely with the VA Hospitals, Veterans centers in 5 counties and other organizations that provide assistance. They are a close knit community that is proud to serve our military members, our veterans and their families.

 

Our military and veterans have given up many things in their service to our country. Those who are deployed should not have to worry if their kids have enough breakfast before school or if the baby will have diapers and food. Many spouses lose jobs when they transfer to a new area with their military member. There are several hundred thousand combat injured vets who are waiting for a medical determination and have no income during the up-to 18 months that determination can take. There are a host of other reasons they end up in a tight money squeeze and the bottom line is they just need some help to get through this crisis and back on their feet.

An added benefit to the pantry is that we work very closely with the Family Action Center Specialists, the VA Hospital, SSVF, Salvation Army, Veterans Centers in 5 counties and many military support organizations and groups. When someone comes to the pantry we can also assess their current needs and direct them to the other sources of help they may qualify for. We do not cover electric or heating bills but we know of 3 other organizations that do so we can get them set up with an appointment. We do not handle any medical issues but if they appear to need some sort of medical evaluation we can get an appointment set up with the FACS to get things rolling.

If you are interested in volunteering or providing assistance in some way, please call Keystone Military Families at 610-698-2122 and they will get you set up with something that fits your abilities.

 

Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in steel modular wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes with independence and mobility. 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 products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental for residential and commercial use with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions. 

 

Amramp also installs Vertical Platform Lifts which are used where the length of a ramp might be impractical and stairlifts to allow people to access multi-level homes and buildings.

 

Amramp Philadelphia, located in Broomall, Pennsylvania provides modular wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, vehicle lifts and home modifications, including barrier-free bathrooms, walk-in tubs, zero step showers, railings, and other accessibility products in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey.

Tags: wheelchair ramp, ADA, Shoemakersville PA

4 easy ways to make your home safer for holiday guests

Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

There’s no place like home for the holidays, as the saying goes — but is your home safe and welcoming for every guest on your list this year?

 

Consider special mobility issues that may be new this year, or have changed since your last gathering. Maybe you’re hosting your aunt who had her hip replaced last month, or your father-in-law, who just doesn’t get around as easily as he used to. A wheelchair ramp rental or other short-term accessibility solutions from Amramp can help make your festivities a success for everyone on your guest list.

 

Whatever the case, Amramp can offer the proper mobility solution to ensure that the holidays remain a time of relaxation and togetherness, rather than undue stress of accessibility issues or possible slips and falls.

 

Here are our four tips to help make your home safer and more accessible for all of your holiday guests:

 

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Wheelchair ramp rentals, even for a day

 

Avoid last minute panic with one of Amramp’s durable, ADA-compliant ramps that are 100% customized to accommodate 99% of properties. Made of steel, the wheelchair ramps have a gripping texture to prevent skidding or icing. You work hard on maintaining your home, and the steel wheelchair ramps create an aesthetic that’s suitable for residential use and leave no permanent damage.

 

There is no minimal or maximum rental period, so you can be accommodated no matter how long your guests will be staying. Amramp also provides free on-site estimates on your schedule, and ramps can be installed and removed quickly — even in harsh winter weather.

 

De-clutter your home

Consider that loved one who use wheelchairs and walkers and other assistive mobility devices will need additional room to maneuver. Kids’ toys, hall tables, baskets for mittens all should be removed for this short time. Consider that your guests, even the ones who have no mobility concerns, may be hard of sight and could trip.

 

Don’t forget to ditch the area rugs

Area rugs – in the kitchen, the bathroom, bath mats, they’re everywhere. But for the holidays, ditch them if you have older guests, or very young guests who are just mastering walking. They can easily trip, too, area rug or not! Luckily, babies and toddlers don’t land in the hospital though.

 

Light-up at night

Loved ones – young and old – in unfamiliar places are easily disoriented, especially at night. Don’t spare the nightlights. Battery-operated LEDs that only light up when they detect motion are cheap and efficient, and most importantly effective.

 

Wondering when to check off a wheelchair rental of your to-do list?

 

Contact Amramp as soon as possible, so we can ensure that your local expert mobility solution installers – all across the U.S and now in Canada – will be able to meet your needs. Installation can happen as quickly as 24-48 hours after you approve your quote, but being a busy time of year, we encourage you to book ahead.

 

The holidays are a time to gather close to your loved ones, so welcome them into your home with a safe, affordable short-term accessibility solution from Amramp. Happy holidays to you and yours!

 

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.

Tags: wheelchair ramp, ramp safety, Holiday wheelchair ramp rentals

Amramp Salutes Veterans | Veterans Day 2016

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
—John F. Kennedy

 

Veterans Day, November 11, commemorates those in the U.S. Armed Forces who have fought and sacrificed for our country. Whether working stateside or overseas, these brave men and women deserve utmost respect for their service. 

 

Amramp joins the country in expressing gratitude for those who have served—and continue to serve—by recognizing each of branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. We thank you for your service.

 

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Wheelchair Halloween Costume Guide

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Not sure how to decorate your child’s wheelchair for Halloween? 

 

We’ve searched the web for creative Halloween costumes that you can build at home or find online. To start, here are five of our favorite looks we found on Instagram: 

 

Hot Air Balloon Pilot

 

Kirstin, a proud mother of four daughters (two daughters are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and one is diagnosed with multiple disabilities), created this elaborate costume for one of her girls. The colorful balloon and flags make this truly stand out!

 

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[photo credit: @house_of_redheads]

 

 

Elvis Presley

 

Sam knows how to impersonate the King of Rock riding in a pink Cadillac! Learn more about Sam and his diagnosis with a rare brain disease called Vanishing White Matter disease on his family’s blog.

 

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[photo credit: @samvsvwm]

 

Cruella de Vil

 

Zoey looks like the fashionable villain from 101 Dalmatians with her red luxury Panther De Ville—the fun paw-print and feather hat completes the look.

 

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[photo credit: @theduchessofdonuts

 

Buzz Lightyear 

 

Jorden, young cancer survivor, is ready to launch into infinity and beyond as the space ranger in Disney Pixar's Toy Story—the tap lights on the ship's wings are a useful detail for trick-or-treating at night.

 

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[photo credit: @lexi.lom]

 

 

 

Steve and The Enderman

 

Carsyn and his brother Dustyn look awesome in their Minecraft-inspired costumes—this sibling duo is great inspiration for families looking for a unique Halloween theme.

 

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[photo credit: @bysarahhalstead]

 

For more wheelchair costume ideas, we recommend searching Pinterest or Instagram.

 

Want to take your wheelchair costume to the next level?

 

There are amazing organizations dedicated to helping children who want custom wheelchair costumes. The Magic Wheelchair, is one non-profit and Walkin’ and Rollin’ Costumes, an organization based in Kansas City, create amazing costumes for families and their children with special needs. If you choose to work with an organization, be sure to plan ahead—the application process can start as early as August!

 

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Amramp Eastern Tennessee in the News

Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Dave Taylor and his Amramp Eastern Tennessee team installed a wheelchir ramp for a disabled veteran in Maryville, TN a short while back and his story was recently featured on the local news.

 

You can watch the news clip here now.

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Tags: Amramp, wheelchair ramp, Disabled American Veterans

Amramp Exhibits at National PACE Association’s 2016 Annual Conference

Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

 

Elders, geriatric specialists, and entities supporting them are sharing best practices and innovative aging-in-place solutions for independent elder care at the National PACE Association’s Annual Conference Oct. 23-26 in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel.

 

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The PACE – Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – Model of Care has its roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown-North Beach community, which realized a pressing need for long-term care services for its immigrant elders in the early 1970s. A committee led by William Gee, DDS, a public health dentist, hired Marie-Louise Ansak to investigate solutions. Working with other community leaders, they formed a nonprofit corporation called On Lok Senior Health Services to create a community-based system of care.

 

The National PACE Association aims to provide leadership and support for growth, innovation, quality, and success of the PACE Model of Care, which is recognized among consumers, health care providers, and government leaders as the most innovative, accessible, valuable, and effective model of care promoting the highest level of independence for individuals with significant health care needs.

 

PACE has grown considerably and currently has 107 programs operating in 32 states, where it offers services such as:

  • adult day care
  • physical, occupational, and recreational therapies
  • meal delivery
  • nutritional counseling
  • home health care and personal care
  • prescription drugs
  • social services
  • medical specialties, such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and speech therapy

The keynote speaker for the National PACE Association’s 2016 Annual Conference is Allison Massari, a masterful storyteller with a soul-stirring message that is content-rich with actionable takeways. Burn survivor, renowned artist, and champion of compassion and courage, Allison Massari teaches how to overcome adversity, triumph through change, and thrive with grace. 

 

Amramp joins 25 exhibitors at the annual PACE conference to present and discuss how to continue providing innovative solutions for non-institutionalized, independent elder care.

 

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

 

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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