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Amramp to showcase accessibility products at PACE, the premier senior care program conference

PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is an organization that is aligned with Amramp's own mission as a company: to provide mobility solutions and full accessibility to all, including the senior population in America and Canada, which is why we wouldn't miss this year’s annual PACE Conference, taking place October 26th-29th at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, California.

PACE’s programs “support, maintain, safeguard, and promote the provision of quality, comprehensive and cost-effective health care services for frail older adults,” so it’s easy to see how Amramp’s weatherproof wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products could be a tremendous asset to those using PACE for their elder care needs. Amramp is proud to be hosting a booth at the conference's vendor EXPO, where we will educate conference attendees about the benefits of and synergy between Amramp mobility solutions and PACE senior care programs. Amramp will be one of more than 30 companies exhibiting at the 2014 conference.

2014 is special in that it marks 20 years for the PACE organization, which boasts 100+ programs in more than 30 states (and growing). Along with celebrating, the 2014 conference will offer educational opportunities to keep attendees up-to-speed on new changes in the evolving elder care marketplace, such as regulations, state government priorities, technology, and consumer preferences. This knowledge will be imparted via almost 60 concurrent education sessions and 12 poster presentations. An open learning format will encourage discussion and idea-sharing between guests. Attendees can look forward to cutting-edge talks on numerous topics, including these:

  • The Aging of Addictions: Addressing Addiction Treatment in PACE
  • Ready to Serve? The Invisible LGBT Older Adult
  • The PACE Model Works: Improving the Bottom Line through Best Practices in Care
  • Empowering Wellness: Interdisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain Management for Multicultural Population of Older Adults
  • Self-Directed/Self-Selected Personal Care in PACE, and
  • Caring for the Caregiver: A Caregiver Support Program.

For the keynote speech, leadership expert Simon T. Bailey will teach listeners how to “shift your brilliance” and maximize your potential for success. Pre-conference learning opportunities will also be available, including:

  • PACE Basics
  • Intake/Marketing
  • Primary Care Symposium
  • Quality Improvement Symposium, and
  • Nursing Symposium.

One of the most exciting elements of the PACE conference each year is the opportunity to do site visits to local PACE programs. This year, conference-goers are invited to check out two programs operated by St. Paul’s PACE, as well as the opportunity to tour San Diego PACE, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference in late October; if you'll be attending, please stop by Booth #7 and say hello!

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Amramp Helps Canines and Humans Graduate in Orlando

Today was graduation day at Canine Companions in Orlando, FL. This graduation ceremony celebrated the completion of an education course designed to match person and dog and prepare them to work together successfully.   

To make sure all of the graduates could access the stage during the ceremony, Canine Companions turned to Renee Bird of Amramp Orlando, FL to coordinate a wheelchair ramp for this special graduation ceremony. Several graduates, both human and furry, were able to cross the stage with the assistance of the Amramp modular ramp. 

Canine Companions trains assistance dogs to assist adults with disabilities by performing daily tasks, to alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds, enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities and to work with a professional in a visitation, education or healthcare setting.  

Congratulations to the graduates!

Amramp wheelchair ramp at Canine Companions graduation helps human and furry graduates access stage.

Amramp Exhibiting at Annual WCI Conference in Orlando August 17-20

The Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI) will host its 69th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference and 26th Annual Safety & Health Conference in Orlando, Florida, Aug.17th-20th. The WCI annual conference is the workers' compensation industry’s premier educational opportunity, and Amramp is thrilled to be invited back to exhibit at this exciting event.

Education is the primary focus of the conference, with courses to address almost every topic imaginable related to workers' compensation. Breakout sessions will be provided specifically for:

  • Adjusters
  • Attorneys
  • Health care providers
  • Insurance professionals
  • Mediators
  • Medical case managers
  • Medical office administrators
  • Professional employer organizations (employee leasing)
  • Regulators
  • Risk managers
  • Safety professionals, and
  • Temporary staffing.

One key trait that distinguishes the WCI Annual Conference from others of its kind is that it provides a comprehensive, national overview of the industry while also emphasizing state-level legislation and regulations. In addition to the above breakouts, individual states will have their own daylong breakouts to discuss local laws and related issues.

Highlights of this year's conference will include the chance to observe a live surgery, as well as a session on the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, which is the biggest new issue facing those dealing with general liability and workers' compensation cases.

What else is new at WCI 2014?

  • Expanded “round table" regulatory program, gathering regulators from 25 states to compare notes on important issues;
  • New breakouts for insurance agents and physical therapists;
  • The inaugural National Workers’ Compensation Regulators College held in conjunction with the conference; and
  • The first-ever fundraising gala dinner to support WCI’s favorite charity, Give Kids the World.

Keynote speeches will be given by NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, as well as an industry speech by Scott Hudson, President and CEO of Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. Celebrity musician and songwriter Kenny Loggins will perform, as will the rock band Sister Hazel.

Amramp is looking forward to catching up with old friends and new, as well as to showcase our latest products and innovations at the vendor EXPO. Please stop by booth 920 and see us if you will be attending in Orlando!

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Amramp Wheelchair Ramp Helps Shine the Spotlight on God's Special Angels

            Amramp Wheelchair Ramps were used at the Night Under the Stars event organized by Runway Angels on July 26, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Temple of Praise in Fort Worth, TX.  The event honored 11 individuals with special needs - God’s Special Angels. The Amramp system was decorated for the event and allowed the honorees easy access to the stage.    

             When Runway Angels was planning their Night Under the Stars event, they needed a way to get this year’s honorees up on the stage. Organizer and founder, Tiffany Nash, reached out to Leslie Morgan and Scott Hilleger, president and owner of Amramp Dallas/Fort Worth, a local wheelchair ramp provider in Plano.

             Tiffany Nash, Founder of Runway Angels said, “That ramp made the night happen! Without the ramp from Amramp the night was just a vision. We were not going to go on with the affair if I couldn’t get every kid up on that stage. They are too used to having to position themselves at the bottom while other kids go up on stage. The ramp let them be spotlighted.”

             Amramp installs accessibility ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, swimming pool lifts and wheelchair showers throughout Northern Texas 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 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 with no minimum timeframe and no ramp size restrictions. 

              Service areas include North Texas from the Louisiana border to Lubbock, including, Dallas, Plano, Garland, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Fort Worth, Irving, Carrollton, Denton.

             Visit Runway Angels on Facebook for more information and visit www.amramp.com/dallas-fort-worth to learn more about Amramp.

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Celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day

Amramp extends greetings and best wishes to all observing July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day.

We celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the efforts of the US Department of Justice in working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for all for persons with disabilities.

 

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Amramp Congratulates Chantal Vandierendonck Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee

Five-time Paralympic medalist and former wheelchair tennis world champion Chantal Vandierendonck

Five-time Paralympic medalist and former wheelchair tennis world champion Chantal Vandierendonck has earned the honor of being nominated to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, putting her in the ranks of household names like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, and Billie Jean King.

Vandierendonck, 48, and originally from the Netherlands, was one of wheelchair tennis's first female stars, winning the first women's tennis ITF World Championship in 1991 and two times after. She held the world No. 1 player status for 136 weeks total in singles and also was ranked world No. 1 in doubles. She won medals in the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Paralympic Games.

Vandierendonck has used wheelchairs since a car accident injury in 1983; prior to the injury, she was already a nationally ranked tennis player. She learned about wheelchair tennis from an uncle who saw it on TV, and she immediately decided to try it. She became a trailblazer in the sport, inspiring many other athletes to follow.

Located in Newport, RI, the International Tennis Hall of Fame recognizes and honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis with an annual awards ceremony. Vandierendonck is the first woman of wheelchair tennis to be nominated; wheelchair tennis founder Brad Parks was officially inducted in 2010, and paralympian Randy Snow was inducted posthumously in 2012. Snow was also the first paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Vandierendonck will be inducted alongside WTA star Lindsay Davenport, as well as industry leaders Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, and John Barrett. The Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on July 12, 2014 during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend and in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI.

We at Amramp are thrilled to say congratulations Chantal!

For more information about wheelchair tennis competitions, players, and rankings, visit http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/home.aspx

For resources on how you can get into the game at any age or level of ability, visit http://www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/Wheelchair-Tennis/Wheelchair/

Amramp believes that mobility challenges should never stop individuals from following their passions, and applauds Chantal Vandierendonck's determination and success in her tennis career.

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.

Amramp Corporate Team Visits Dancing Wheels Company & School

We had a wonderful opportunity to meet with Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the founder of Dancing Wheels Company & School while we were in Cleveland, OH last week for the CMSA conference. Mary is the first professional wheelchair dancer in the US and she started Dancing Wheels as a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. John Wright, owner of Amramp Cleveland is a member of the Board of Directors.

Dancing Wheels is a touring company and sometimes the stages in other cities are not accessible for the dancers. Amramp has worked with Dancing Wheels for several years to provide temporary wheelchair ramps for their performances.

We had the opportunity to view one of the student rehearsals last week. It was very uplifting and inspiring. Check out their upcoming events here.

Amramp Wheelchair Ramp Experts Attend 2014 CMSA Case Management Conference

The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is putting together a show-shopping 2014 annual conference, and Amramp will join in the education, networking, and fun from June 17 to 20 at the Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation. #CMSA2014

While encouraging attendees to "embrace the changing rhythms of healthcare," the conference boasts a jam-packed lineup of educational/training sessions for case managers working in the fields of:

  • Health Insurance/Managed Care
  • Acute Care
  • Workers Compensation
  • Government Agency
  • Rehabilitation/Subacute
  • Integrated Care
  • Ambulatory/Community Care
  • Home Care, and
  • Behavioral Health.

Amramp will be one of more than 200 companies hosting a booth at CMSA's 2014 Expo, where we will share information about our accessibility products and adaptable ramp technology with thousands of professional case managers from across the country. The conference caters to all experience levels, from new/entry-level case managers, to business owners, or for non-case manager health professionals who wish to learn more about how case management works in the healthcare system.

Dr. Michio Kaku, author and researcher famous for his work in Einstein's unified field theory and also using science to predict business and financial trends, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. His books include Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century.

Keynote speeches will also be given by retired US Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, as well as US Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer.

Concurrent educational sessions will be given at Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels on a vast number of topics, allowing attendees to customize their learning experience to specifically fit their needs and interests. Case managers will also have the opportunity to earn professional continuing educational credits (CEs) and to view poster presentations by their peers in the field.

CMSA Educational sessions will primarily focus on

  • Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Case Management
  • Disease States – Emerging Issues, Trends, and Treatment Protocols
  • Healthcare Reform – Key Considerations for the Practice of Case Management
  • Trends & Best Practices in Workers Compensation & Disability Management
  • Transitional Care Considerations
  • Health Care Technology & Software Innovations, and
  • Masters Content for Advanced Practice Case Managers.

Amramp is eager to join top case managers at the CMSA 24th Conference & Expo, which promises to be among the most dynamic educational gatherings for healthcare professionals in 2014. If you will be attending the conference, do visit us at the Amramp booth #443 to meet John Wright, owner of Amramp Cleveland and members of his dynamic team – Jim Starek and Sean Amos!

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps and mobility within days not weeks

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

Amramp Edmonton to Meet With Physiotherapy Professionals at Annual Congress

Amramp Edmonton is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Annual National Congress of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association in Edmonton from June 18 through June 22.

This event will be the largest annual gathering of the physiotherapy profession in Canada. Lorne Wensel, independent owner and operator of Amramp Edmonton, is excited to be an exhibitor and have the opportunity to interact with 500+ physiotherapists, clinic owners and hospital buyers across Canada during the event.

Amramp prides itself on compassionate, friendly, knowledgeable service and the top-quality accessibility products available at affordable rates for rent or purchase, including adaptable nonslip weatherproof wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, grab bars, threshold ramps, portable showers, and more. Amramp franchise locations are located across the US and in Edmonton, Canada, committed to making every space – big or small, residential or commercial – fully accessible to individuals of all mobility levels.

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 12,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial branches and practice divisions, CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge and enhance practice. CPA provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians.

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

Happy Father’s Day to Amramp’s multigenerational team equipping California with mobility solutions

Father’s Day is a chance each year to celebrate and honor all of the dads, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who have made an impact in our lives. Here at Amramp, we have a father-son team who work together to install wheelchair ramps, mobility solutions, and other accessibility products.

Brett McKee of Amramp Los Angeles enjoys working with his three sons: Brendan, 32, Patrick, 28, and Dylan, 25. The partnership started in 2007, when Brendan and Patrick were attending community college in LA. Their first installation jobs included a local credit union, a residential house in Long Beach, and a sorority house at San Diego State University, which rented a ramp for its rush week.

The business started off small but grew quickly, with the team soon installing ramps in Northern California from the LA warehouse. When Brendan and Dylan transferred to UC Santa Cruz in 2009, Brett decided to expand the business to Northern California, buying another truck and leasing more warehouse space. They relied on Google advertising and exhibiting at physical therapy and case management conferences to spread the word about the business and to attract new referrals.

After Dylan graduated from college in Washington state, he moved back home and became lead installer for the Southern California branch, where father Brett handles most of the sales and referral calls and emails for the business. The two California branches communicate daily and get together in-person about every two months. Brendan and Patrick do site evaluations, design proposals, and installations, but Brett’s job keeps him very busy – often working up to 60 hours a week. His sons enjoy a 25-40 hours/week schedule which leaves them time to pursue hobbies like music, gardening, mushroom hunting, and other interests.

Brett notes that working for Amramp has cultivated excellent skills in customer orientation, operations, logistics, proposal-writing, and juggling shifting priorities, in addition to construction projects, tools, and techniques. Occasionally a large job will require additional training and innovation, such as a major installation of 15-pool lifts in Escondido, CA, and a 41-foot ramp installed in Berkeley, CA, last week.

“I know I can count on my sons to take care of the customer,” says Brett, pointing out that all three are geared toward providing excellent customer service and treating clients with empathy. “They show commitment. Much of what we do is ‘emergency work’: customers being discharged and not having a safe way to get up the stairs if they are in a wheelchair or walker.”

Just last week, in fact, Brendan and Patrick drove to the Sierras to make sure a patient who was discharged could get safely into his home. Meanwhile, Dylan and another coworker drove to Boulder City, NV, and at 10 p.m. installed a ramp in the dark for a patient.

The McKee family is looking forward to a vacation at the end of the month: a weeklong visit to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

 Amramp wishes you and yours a very Happy Father’s Day!

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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