Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

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.

 

Aging in Place Amramp tips

 

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”

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Amramp Helps Prevent Falls and Injuries During Winter Months

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Jason Vandevander and the Amramp West Virginia team installed this wheelchair ramp during a light snow storm in Mill Creek, WV.

Even light storms like this can make stairs and pathways icy, slippery and dangerous.

Imagine trying to lift someone in a wheelchair up several steps covered in snow and ice. It’s dangerous for both the person in the wheelchair and whoever is lifting the chair.

A ramp provides a safe pathway in or out of a house and prevents falls and injuries for someone who uses a wheelchair, cane or walker or who is just unsteady on their feet.

The ramp provides safe and easy access to the outside world. People using wheelchairs or who struggle with stairs don’t want to be stuck in the house for two or three months during the winter because they can’t navigate the stairs at their front door. A ramp gives them an opportunity to connect with friends and family, enjoy community activities, go shopping, etc. It makes getting to medical appointments much easier.

Amramp wheelchair ramps can be RENTED, even just for the winter to provide a safe, non-slip surface with safety railings.  

The Amramp wheelchair ramp with its unique open mesh surface lets snow and moisture pass through, preventing dangerous ice film. Aluminum, wood and concrete ramps have solid surface which allow snow and moisture to accumulate.

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 time frame and no ramp size restrictions. 

Amramp provides an array of aging-in-place products and services such as stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, overhead lifts, portable showers, pool lifts and more across the US and parts of Canada.

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

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Amramp exhibits at PACE 2015 elder inclusive-care conference

Posted on Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Amramp Selected to Exhibit at the 2015 NPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Amramp is honored to be selected to showcase its installed accessibility products and solutions at the 2015 National PACE Association (NPA) Annual Conference, Oct. 18-21, in Philadelphia.

PACE, aka Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, develops sustainable programs to deliver medical and supportive services to elders 55 and older whom the state certifies needing nursing home-level care.

Strikingly, only about 7% of PACE participants actually reside in a nursing home. Instead, PACE provides services and preserves independence in their own homes, with community support. This event, which is held exclusively for NPA members, exists to advance Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly programs and provide networking and learning opportunities to the executive and clinical staff work tirelessly to support and promote comprehensive, quality, and cost-effective health care services for seniors.

The PACE model of care first began in the early 1970s when William Gee, a public health dentist who headed the nonprofit Chinatown-North Beach Health Care Planning and Development Corporation, hired social worker Marie-Louise Ansak to study the feasibility of building a nursing home in the community. When she found that building a nursing home would be financially impossible, she developed a comprehensive system of care based on the geriatric day-hospital model developed in the UK during the late 1950s and 1960s. Ansak then worked to obtain funding to train health care workers in cooperation with the University of California San Francisco. Since then PACE has grown considerably and currently has 107 programs operating in 32 states, where they offer 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

More than 600 individuals attended the 2014 NPA Annual Conference, this year is expected to be even bigger. With more than 60 education sessions and 20 poster presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and, with over 25 companies exhibiting.

This year’s keynote speaker Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency-room physician, Rhodes Scholar, author, and TED speaker. Dr. Wen received her medical training at Washington University and Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. As a professor of emergency medicine and health policy, she co-led a national collaboration on health policy and social mission and was founder and director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for transparency in medicine. The focus of Dr. Wen’s TED talks surround patient advocacy and health care reform. She recently released a book entitled When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Her speaking fee will be donated to Baltimore-area and other charities.

Amramp is looking forward to being a part of this conference that shares our passion for helping seniors maintain their independence. We will be demonstrating Amramp’s latest accessibility products, including our patent-pending modular ramp system, vertical lifts, and portable showers. Looking forward to seeing all PACE members in Philadelphia!

To learn more about PACE and available services, click here to check out the website.

 

Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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

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Amramp Wheelchair Ramp Experts Attend 2014 CMSA Case Management Conference

Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2014
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

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Amramp to Exhibit at Case Managers Conference Expo 2013

Posted on Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Come see Amramp in New Orleans, at the 23rd Annual Case Managers Conference!

Amramp is hitting the Big Easy this June! We are looking forward to jazz and sampling some authentic Cajun food while we showcase our latest accessibility products and introduce our services and solutions to more than 2,400 case managers and other healthcare professionals at the 23rd annual Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Conference and Expo, to be held June 25–28 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Case managers serve as guides and advocates for patients and their families who have difficulty navigating the vast, confusing, and expensive medical industry and its policies. Case managers help to identify goals, needs, resources, and solutions, then formulate a plan for achieving the best care at the most affordable prices. The Case Management Society of America, founded in 1990, supports and develops the profession of case management, with 75 chapters throughout the country and more than 11,000 members and 20,000 subscribers. These trained medical professionals “help provide an array of services to help individuals and families cope with complicated situations in the most effective way possible, thereby achieving a better quality of life.”

Amramp offers high-quality, cutting-edge mobility solutions to its customers at affordable prices, so case workers will often use or recommend our products and services to their clients. The CMSA Conference and Expo is unique in that it is the only healthcare event of its kind designed specifically for case management professionals. As an expo participant, Amramp will have the opportunity to meet and discuss options with thousands of case managers who will use or recommend Amramp’s mobility solutions to provide their patients with limited mobility with the best care available.

Expo attendees are diverse in terms of their years of experience in clinical practice, as well as their disciplines, including physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, behavioral health practitioners, and other patient advocates.

Along with the expo, the conference will feature an annual meeting, awards ceremony, symposiums, daily group sessions, keynote speakers, and more. Daily sessions will cover topics like industry trends and best practices, the impacts of recent changes in legislation, and topics like science, spirit, and culture. There will also be certification preparatory courses and other sessions for earning continuing education credits.

If you are planning to attend the CMSA conference in New Orleans this June, please stop booth 546 and say hi to Barbara Gayton, Amramp Corporate Director of Marketing and Bill Freshwater, owner of the local Amramp Baton Rouge franchise. We look forward to seeing you there!

Prioritizing Safety and Quality of Life

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Amramp Installs 174-Foot Ramp at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall Rotunda

Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Faneuil Hall Chooses Amramp for Full Accessibility During Elevator Upgrades

Can anyone provide a temporary ramp for wheelchair access to the second level of the mall?

It was a big job, but Amramp of Boston was more than up to the task.

The Commerce Center Mall at Faneuil Hall is currently undergoing elevator changes that will eliminate essential wheelchair access to the second-level shops. Management contacted Amramp for a solution that would comply with codes and not impact the historic space in any way.

The Commerce Center Mall is one of Boston's premier shopping, dining, and tourism hotspots, as well as a major historic landmark attracting 100,000 visitors daily.

In less than 48 hours after authorization to proceed, Amramp began producing engineering and City of Boston building permits. Work began over the weekend and by working 12 hours each day, the ramp was completed exactly on time. The City of Boston Building Department approved the stamped engineering plans and issued a work permit. By Monday, the Amramp team had already started installing the 174-foot ramp, spanning 14'8" in elevation.

The ramp is crucial, not just for complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act, but without a ramp to the second floor, all of the shops would have closed for at least a month. Faneuil Hall attracts 100,000 visitors daily, rain or shine: Closed shops incur significant damage to shops’ sales – and lost revenue for one of Boston’s premier landmarks.

The installation team worked 12-hour days to get the job completed. The installation started Monday, finishing up at 2 PM on Friday. Chief installer Brad Blakeman worked with two crew chiefs on the job, Jason Bradley and Drew Gibson, along with fellow installers' helpers Derek Bartulio, Tyrone Dickerson, and Tony McGill. The overall project manager was Steve Turner, while Conor Sweeney and Fran Barry handled the staging of materials, pre-assembly, planning, and engineering, and Jon Gordon served as the sales contact.

"I am so very proud to be associated with this team of dedicated people," says Amramp President and Founder Julian Gordon. "Faneuil Hall is a perfect example of how historic buildings can remain functional for everyone all of mobility levels, especially when mechanical features like an elevator are not working. An Amramp wheelchair ramp works rain or shine, and especially well in snow, with a steel-mesh platform that disperses precipitation.”

Faneuil Hall is named after wealthy Boston merchant Peter Faneuil, who built the structure in 1742 as a gift to the city. Faneuil Hall, also known as Quincy Market, is home to more than 100 upscale shops, restaurants, and specialty pushcarts, but it's also the spot where the original signers of the Declaration of Independence gathered from nearby Colonies before they started the big journey to Philadelphia in 1776. It has served as a gathering place for many famous historical figures over the centuries.

The ramp was built entirely from in-stock, standard Amramp materials, reflecting the huge range and capabilities of Amramp's unique modular system, but also highlighting the skills and engineering expertise of Amramp’s expert installers. 

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Amramp Exhibits at Franchise Expo South in Miami

Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Amramp’s Franchise Expo South Booth Offers Information About Franchising Opportunities

Calling all self-starters and entrepreneurs!

Amramp exhibited at the Franchise Expo South, happening this past weekend, January 11th-13th in sunny Miami, Florida. The Franchise Expo is one of the largest events of its kind on the planet, and it brings together people who own franchises (or would like to start franchising) with the companies that offer franchise licenses, but it also provides excellent learning opportunities and seminars tailored to help you get the most out of your franchise or to guide you in expanding your business.

Amramp received great interest from attendees from South Florida as well as from Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil and Russia.

Amramp offers franchise ownerships throughout the U.S. and Canada, serving both entrepreneurs and a growing population that needs mobility solutions like wheelchair ramps and Aging in Place products. Franchisees who are highly self-motivated and willing to go the extra mile to make their business successful and find the outstanding customer service that Amramp is known for very desirable.

Amramp franchise partners often already have deep ties to their communities and a lot invested in the local area, as well as being knowledgeable about it. The franchising setup allows each franchisee to use his or her own skill set and creativity to put Amramp's products and services to their best possible use when finding mobility solutions for their customers. It’s a win-win for everyone.

The conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center offered four different “tracks” to fit every type of conference attendee:

1. Buying a Franchise: for those who are still in the research or planning stages of becoming franchise owners.

2. Franchising Your Business: if you are looking to develop or grow your business, or are in the early stages of running it.

3. Three Party Franchising: for the next level of middle management franchise experience, including master franchising, subfranchising, and/or area representative franchising.

4. Franchisors Seeking Growth: for growing your business within or outside of the United States in international markets.

Including Amramp, nearly 175 companies exhibited at Franchise Expo South.  Learn more about Amramp franchising opportunities! Franchising with Amramp is a great way to grow a successful business and also make a difference in the lives of others as part of your daily work.

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Please contact Amramp’s National Call Center 888-887-1186

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Winter Slips and Falls, Ski Injuries: Amramp Can Help

Posted on Thu, Jan 03, 2013

Weather-Related Winter Injuries & Mobility Solutions From Amramp

Winter in North America usually brings with it cold, snow, and ice (in some areas), and these slippery conditions never fail to cause all sorts of weather-related accidents and injuries, usually related to slipping and falling, pulling something while shoveling snow, or, commonly, mishaps that happen on the ski slopes. Also, despite recent unseasonably warm winters in many areas, ski season is upon us, which brings additional sports-related injuries.

What are your options if you or someone you love becomes physically incapacitated or mobility-challenged? Or what happens if you have older relatives in wheelchairs coming to stay for the holidays (or longer) and you want to make your living spaces and/or gatherings comfortable and fully accessible to them?

Fortunately, Amramp offers a variety of both short- and long-term solutions, with franchise locations all across the US and Canada. And Amramp is more than just North America’s leading wheelchair ramp company; Amramp also offer a wide range of top-of-the-line accessibility solution products like stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, portable showers, pool lifts (great for warmer areas or indoor pools!), threshold ramps, portable ramps, grab bars, alert devices, and more.

An unexpected accident, injury, or change in a person's health/mobility level can be a very difficult and confusing experience for both the individual and her caregivers. Adapting to new physical and structural challenges can be intimidating; even if it's only a short-term situation.

Amramp makes this transition much easier and more comfortable, and our caring, friendly, knowledgeable experts are available to install ramps and other products quickly and easily. Our products are RENTABLE, adaptable, portable, and able to be deconstructed and reassembled.

If you or a loved one find yourself in a situation this winter where mobility becomes an issue, don’t despair; Amramp’s mission is to provide you with solutions for navigating your environment in a new way.

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Amramp Attending National PACE Association Conference in Los Angeles

Posted on Mon, Oct 15, 2012

Be sure to visit Amramp in Los Angeles at the 2012 National PACE Association Conference

Be sure to Visit Amramp in Los Angeles at the 2012 National PACE Association Conference

The National Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Association will be holding its yearly conference from October 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, and Amramp will be hosting an exhibitor booth to educate attendees on Amramp’s comprehensive line of home accessibility and Aging in Place products and services. This will be the first year that Amramp has participated in the annual PACE conference, which changes locations from year to year.

For those unfamiliar with the organization, PACE is for seniors age 55 and older who would otherwise need to live in nursing homes, but instead offers them services and support to continue living at home or with loved ones. Although PACE participants need to have a certifiably proven need for nursing home care, only about 7% nationally reside in nursing homes, and if they do, PACE pays for it and continues to coordinate the recipient’s care.

PACE is a model of healthcare “centered around the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible.”

Amramp and PACE are a perfect match: Amramp provides and installs ramps and home accessibility products such as lifts and installation of home safety products by experts to make nearly any home accessible to people of all mobility levels. Amramp believes the PACE goal of community-based care improves quality of life for elders and those with chronic conditions who need support.

“Amramp is thrilled to be taking part in our first PACE conference,” says Barbara Gayton, Amramp’s director of marketing. “We are eager to show new products and home accessibility solutions to PACE participants and administrators that are already making Aging in Place possible for thousands of Americans and Canadians.”

PACE holds its annual conference to inform participants of new program offerings, but also to talk about changes in law and policy that affect the program, such as the recently passed Affordable Care Act. The conference location changes year-to-year, but each location is in a district that offers PACE programs, which allows guests to actually visit different sites and see the programs “in action.”

The 2012 Pace conference highlights include  symposia, luncheons, education sessions, and roundtable discussions. And of course Los Angeles offers a diverse array of fun places to visit: Attendees will have the chance to see historic landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood Sign, and Beverly Hills – but one of the most anticipated outings of the weekend is an evening at Universal Studios Hollywood.

If you will be attending the PACE Conference Los Angeles 2012, make sure to visit the exhibitor expo, stop by the Amramp booth and say hello to Director of Marketing Barbara Gayton!

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Elders able to wait out home value slump safely

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

Older Americans can make their homes safer while aging in place and waiting for the real estate rebound with wheelchair ramps, portable showers, and more.

The collapse of the housing market has been especially devastating for elders who had planned to move to a setting where their needs would be met as they got older. That plan probably depended on selling their current home. But home sales are stagnant, and property values have dropped drastically.

For most elders, their homes are their most valuable assets. Older people cannot wait for the home sales market to rebound; it’s too far off, as the latest reports show:  Nationwide, February home sales hit their lowest level since 2002.  www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-21/u-s-february-existing-home-sales-fall-to-4-88-million-rate.html

Fortunately, more products and services are available to modify an older home in ways that will make it safe and comfortable for elders as their needs change.

One example is a ramp that makes it easy for seniors to access their homes in the event of a medical procedure or long-term issue that affects their mobility. Amramp rents and sells steel ramps that can be installed at any type of home on short notice.

If your plan to move has been thrown off course, you first need to survey your home to determine what’s needed to make it safer.

  • Grab bars are a must and easy to install.
  • A walk-in tub can be installed in an existing bathroom.
  • A portable shower can be rented from Amramp.
  • Scatter rugs should be removed, to avoid falls.
  • Lighting should be improved.
  • Books, magazines, and other items that can be tripped over should be put out of the way.

As the population ages, the number of services designed to help elders has grown. The cost can be affordable, and the amount of service offered can be flexible.

Housekeeping services abound; check local media or the web for local companies and national franchises.

  • Housekeeping services abound; check local media or the web for local companies and national franchises.
  • Homemaker services can help with medication and hygiene.
  • Meals on Wheels for those unable to prepare a hot meal.
  • Supermarket delivery services, some are free of charge.

Access outside and within the home is the most important factor for those who are “aging in place.” Amramp’s wheelchair ramps – and wide range of aging in place products – are ideal for people in wheelchairs and those who use walkers or canes. They can be rented for a day, a week, or longer or purchased.

Amramp also offers a wide range of aging-in-place products for sale, including:

  • Portable showers
  • Stair lifts
  • Automatic door openers
  • Vertical platform lifts
  • Pool lifts
  • Threshold ramps
  • Grab bars
  • Overhead patient lifts

Amramp’s patented steel-mesh platform does not collect moisture, allowing rain and snow to fall through. And because the ramps are modular, they are suited for all types of homes, including historic ones. They are far less expensive and obtrusive than permanent ramps, which can detract from a home’s appeal, for when the real estate market does come back.

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