Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

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!

 

Tags: Aging in America

Amramp exhibits accessibility solutions at WCI Conference

Posted on Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Amramp will be exhibiting top-notch accessibility products at the Workers' Compensation Institute's 2017 educational conference. The annual WCI conference always features organizations that have been recognized as leaders within the field.

The nationally acclaimed annual WCI conference continues to be the premier meeting for the study of workers’ compensation, workplace safety and health, and related issues.

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According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured every 7 seconds. That's 540 injuries per hour. A survey of injured workers conducted by the Gilmore Group says, "More than half of respondents (57%) said they did not have a workplace safety program or initiatives program in place at the time of their injury."

 

Amramp's temporary and permanent installations ensure that workers' don't need to be concerned about mobility or accessibility in the workplace or in their own home. We'll be exhibiting some of our products at the 72nd annual WCI conference August 6-9 at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Here's what else you can expect if you're heading that way:

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Gavin DeGraw, Grammy-nominee

 

Amramp is honored to have been asked back once again to showcase durable equipment that for home health, mobility, and safety. The Amramp accessibility experts look forward to heading to sunny Florida and hope to see you there!

 

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.

 

Increasing mobility for everyone

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

Tags: Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, WCI Conference

Amramp outdoor stair lifts offer total home accessibility

Posted on Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Imagine pulling up to your home, stepping out of your car, and walking up to your house. A few quick steps up from the sidewalk is your front door, and you’re home sweet home. Getting there sounds simple enough.


 

But what if you can’t get up and down your stairs freely? You may be able to walk, but you find stairs challenging.

 

No matter how big or small the staircase, stairs are considered the most dangerous area of a home, and they become a barrier between you and your home.

 

Even a few quick steps can be nerve-wracking and downright dangerous for those who cannot safely nor easily navigate them. They can be anxiety-inducing, not only for the person trying to negotiate the stairs, but for loved ones who are concerned for their well-being.

 

Outdoor stair lifts are a wonderful option for allowing you to enjoy your property to the fullest — not only for those with limited mobility, but also for those who are unsteady going up and down the stairs. They’re the perfect accessibility solution for an outdoor staircase. Nothing should stand between you and the full use of your home and property, and outdoor stair lifts are a solution to offer peace of mind and safe navigation.

 

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The outdoor stair lift experts at Amramp can set you up with a simple, affordable solution, so you can come and go as you please – and safely.

 

Here are 5 great reasons to consider outdoor stair lifts at your home:

 

1. Comfortable and easy to use

2. Full home access regardless of entry stairways

3. Built to withstand harsh weather conditions

4. Sturdy and reliable

5. Designed for safe, independent use

 

Don’t sacrifice safe and efficient use of your property, or let stairs stand in your way. Let Amramp’s outdoor stair lift solutions make life more accessible by setting you up for total home access. Count on your local Amramp accessibility expert to get the job done right.

 

Wheelchair ramp 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.

 

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: stairlifts, home accessibility

Amramp wheelchair ramp experts exhibit at CMSA 2017 Conference

Posted on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Amramp is dedicated to spreading top-level accessibility equipment and what better place to share our knowhow than the 2017 Case Management Society Conference? Case managers are always looking to lighten their clients' burdens. That fits right in with Amramp's mission to quickly install wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, and proven accessibility solutions – often within 24 hours.

 

The Case Management Society of America's (CMSA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo will be held on June 26-30 in Austin, Texas. The CMSA Conference and Expo celebrates growth in healthcare with networking and educational opportunities. The four-day event aims to empower attendees to create their most evolved case management practices, and Amramp is a crucial part for many case managers all across the US the Canada.

 

Amramp is focused on showcasing home-health related products such as stair lifts and wheelchair ramps. With locally owned and operated warehouses and expert installers, Amramp helps to reduce clients' length of hospital stays – and keep them in their homes longer. “It all comes back to getting patients home, and providing them with home safety (which also helps to lower insurance costs),” says Amramp’s Director of Marketing Barbara Gayton.

 

The CMSA Conference and Expo is the largest of its kind for professionals in the case management field. This year, the Exposition will feature an exhibit from prominent firms in the healthcare industry, like Amramp, which has exhibited at past CMSA conferences as well.

 

Continuing Education (CE) hours can be earned at the conference with a focus on:

  • Disease States
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Contemporary Issues in Case Management
  • Transitional Care Considerations

 

Information on how to receive credit can be found on the conference website. These credits are eligible for organizations such as Certification of Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), and Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

 

The Amramp team greatly looks forward to exhibiting at the 2017 CMSA Conference and Expo to demonstrate our latest accessibility products and advances in accessibility products for eldercare and life transitions at all mobility levels. We hope to see you in Austin!

 

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.

 

 

Making case managers' lives easier by imporving patients' quality of life.

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

Tags: Modular wheelchair ramp, CMSA, Case management conference

Amramp at New York Metro Abilities Expo

Posted on Mon, May 08, 2017
Amramp exhibited at the Abilities Expo recently held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.  The Amramp Team from right to left - Jack Pignatello, Amramp Northern New Jersey, Julian Gordon, Amramp President & Founder, Wendy & Marty Gold, Amramp Southern New Jersey and Dave Hoglund, Amramp Northern PA/Central New Jersey. Abilities Expo NJ Team 2017 (1)-resized.jpg