Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

8-year-old shooting victim receives Amramp ramp for Christmas

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Amramp of Western Michigan makes paralyzed 8 year-old Detroitian's life a little easier this winter

Detroit, Michigan, is still trying to recover from the economic crash in 2008, continuing to be plagued by crime and unemployment many years later. In September of 2014, a 7 year-old girl named India Williams was playing on her bicycle on the Detroit street where she lives, when she was hit by a stray bullet from a shootout between two cars. The bullet severed her spinal cord and, as a result, she became paralyzed and needed a wheelchair.

Doug Draeger of Amramp Western Michigan learned of India's plight when he was contacted by the Detroit Fire Department, which along with local police have taken India under their wing in the year following her accident. They make regular visits to the house to check on her, take her on fun outings, and help out in various ways. The firefighters had organized a GoFundMe drive to raise money for a wheelchair ramp for India after her mother, Clinqute Williams, sprained her ankle and they saw her struggling to carry her daughter out the door for their outings.

Lt. Arnie Nowicki called Doug to find out how much it would cost to install a ramp at India's home for the GoFundMe page. Doug, compelled by the girl's story and inspired by the fire department's generosity and dedication, decided to install the ramp at no cost – just in time for Christmas.

"I know the firefighters in Detroit have a tough job; probably moreso than any other city in America," says Doug. "Houses get burned down there every day. On the street where India lives, half of the houses have been ransacked and are boarded up. It's tough to imagine a kid growing up there in a wheelchair. We wanted to make her and her mother's lives easier and also to thank the fire department for all that they do."

Amramp Wheelchair ramp for 8 year old girl caught in cross fire while riding her bike near her house

Amramp of Western Michigan installed the ramp on December 17th; Doug notes that although it was a small ramp installation, the lot where the house is situated is small and on the corner with a drastic slope to the ground, but his team was able to navigate the layout challenges successfully. The ramp will be in place for as long as India lives in the house, and Amramp’s patented steel mesh design is sure to withstand harsh Michigan winter precipitation, letting snow & ice drip through.

So far, all of the feedback that Doug has received has been extremely positive, and India loves her new ramp. Apparently, Lt. Nowicki jokingly warned her, "Now, it's not a ramp to pull wheelies on."

India's smiling response: "Why not?"

 

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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Amramp Awarded Training Grant for Workers

Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker recently announced $8.9 million in Workforce Training Grant funds to encourage economic growth in the state by allowing companies to invest in their workforce with additional training.

Amramp is proud to be among the 87 companies receiving grants to help train more than 7,500 workers across the state.

Amramp, the South Boston-based wheelchair ramp and accessibility company, was awarded $62,000 to train 37 workers at their headquarters. The training will include programs to increase efficiency of the manufacturing and shipping operations as well as programs to improve customer service, time and project management, sales, marketing and accounting skills. The courses will be given by the ManageAssist, Inc., a private licensed school based in New Jersey. Training is expected to begin later this year and continue until mid 2016. 

Amramp manufactures the modular wheelchair ramps at their West First Street location and distributes ramps, stair lifts, overhead patient lifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility products through their 45 franchise locations across the US and parts of Canada.

“We appreciate the support of the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Amramp President, Julian Gordon. “This grant will provide training for both manufacturing workers and office personnel. The training will improve the knowledge base of our workers and help to make Amramp more competitive.”

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. 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.

For more information on Amramp, please visit our website www.amramp.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our Amramp Family to Yours

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015
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Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

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Amramp Salutes Veterans - Veterans' Day 2015

Posted on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Amramp Salutes Veterans - Veterans' Day 2015 

When President Wilson first proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day he said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Here at Amramp, we also wanted to express our gratitude to those who serve and have served our country and recognize their sacrifice with these images we have collected of each of the five branches of the military. All of us send our gratitude to those currently fighting overseas and to their families. Thank you for your service. 

 Amramp Salutes Air Force Veterans 2015 Veterans Day

Members of the Navy manning the rails

Members of the Coast Guard assisting during the earthquake in Haiti

Two marines mourning a fellow comrade

 Normandy Invasion

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Amramp exhibits at the 2015 NWCDC Conference in Las Vegas

Posted on Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Amramp exhibits at record-breaking NWCDC 2015

NWCDC Conference Logo - source: wcconference.com

For 23 years the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has provided the best training, top industry experts, first-class networking, and all the latest technologies and services. And this year promises to be the best one yet. The 24th annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) is being held November 11-13, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with record-breaking attendance making NWCDC the industry event of the year.  

 The keynote speech this year will be delivered by Dr. Arthur M. Southam of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He will be discussing the importance of providing quality healthcare and how that can mitigate costs of chronic health conditions and other factors affecting claimants.

NWCDC conference photo with speaker onstage addressing audience - source: wcconference.com

The conference portion of the event will be providing an unmatched education on topics such as:

  • How Nurse Case Managers Add Value to Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Managing Risks and Claims in the Age of Legalized Marijuana
  • Risk Scenarios Live! Mending Physical Medicine Failures
  • Proven Workers’ Comp Claims Management Strategies That Get Results
NWCDC Conference Photo of Expo Hall - source: wcconference.com

NWCDC is also home to the industry’s largest Expo in the nation and features more than 260 exhibitors featuring products and services to help you with your most challenging workers’ comp and disability management problems such as:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Reporting Software
  • Return-to-Work
  • Risk Management
  • Safety
  • Screening
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Just in case this sounds like your typical conference, keep in mind that the first day of the event will be ending at Light Nightclub in Las Vegas for a night of food, drinks, and entertainment. 

Amramp is very excited to be participating at this years’ NWCDC conference. Amramp will be demonstrating all our latest products in the field of assistive technology, including:

The Amramp team representing our national network of expert installers looks forward to sharing its expertise with you. See you in Vegas!

For more on the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, explore the complete program on the NWCDC website.

 

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Amramp Goes to Wellesley!

Posted on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

The Amramp Boston team just completed installation of a temporary walkway at Wellesley College in that is almost 500 feet long!

The walkway will be used by students, staff and visitors to navigate a detour on the Wellesley, Massachusetts campus during renovations. The 48” wide walkway is ADA compliant and will also accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles.

The landscape architects directing this renovation were concerned about placing asphalt or other solid walkways over the beautiful trees along this route. The solid surfaces can block rain from reaching the roots which may cause the trees to die and change the appearance of this beautiful campus. Amramp’s open mesh surface will allow moisture to pass through to the tree roots and not upset the delicate balance of nature while providing a safe, sturdy walkway for students, staff and visitors.

The Amramp system is made in South Boston, Massachusetts from recycled and 100% recyclable steel and is cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. When the walkway is no longer needed, it will be disassembled and returned to inventory to be re-used somewhere else rather than ending up in a landfill.

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 with independence and mobility.

Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs. 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.

Amramp also installs stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, overhead patient lifts and other accessibility products. Visit www.amramp.com to find out more about Amramp.

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Amramp Salutes Parents Who Rock Halloween

Posted on Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Amramp Salutes Parents Who Rock Halloween 

In honor of Halloween, Amramp wanted to share the admirable efforts of parents who have children with mobility concerns and the creative costumes they've made – the hit of every Halloween party. From rockers to princesses, every child gets to be exactly what he/she wanted to be, despite having to use a wheelchair. Get inspired and share your costumes with us!  

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Princess and the Pea Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for DJ Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Mario Wheelchair Halloween Costume 

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Kiss Drummer Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Mr. Rogers Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Cinderella Wheelchair Halloween Costume 

Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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Amramp Provides Access at Jack Daniel's Invitational BBQ

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

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Last weekend, @JackDaniel’s_US held their 27th Annual World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN – the most prestigious barbecue contest in the world.

Amramp was there providing access with a wheelchair ramp rental for the trailer used as event headquarters. Jack Daniel’s has a lot of volunteers that help with this huge event. Many of them are retirees and they all used the ramp and greatly appreciated being able to get in and out of the trailer so easily this year. Jack Daniel's reached out to Dave Taylor, Amramp Eastern Tennessee to provide a solution for providing easy access to the trailer.

Congratulations to Grand Champion – Cool Smoke from Richmond, VA. They competed with sixty-eight championship teams from the US and 26 international teams from countries including Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland and South Africa in Lynchburg, TN.

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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.

 

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Fire-ready? Elders’, wheelchair users’ lives depend on it

Posted on Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2015 NFPA. 

For most of us, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week means making sure your smoke detectors are working. For people with mobility concerns and for wheelchair users, fire safety requires additional preparation and planning. Here are a few tips to help you – or those you care about – be fire-ready:

Fire-Ready Tip 1 – Develop a fire-escape plan so you know what to do. According to an NFPA survey, three-quarters of Americans have a home-fire escape plan, but more than half never practiced it. When crisis happens at home, work, or anywhere you routinely spend time, you don’t want to have to figure out what to do while in a state of panic.

In addition to evacuation routes, the NFPA Fire Prevention Week Campaign focuses on having fully operational smoke alarms in your home so that in the event of a fire, particularly one in the middle of the night, you are made aware soon enough to get out.

Amramp modular wheelchair ramp that a woman in Michigan used to escape her home during a fire; unlike a wood or aluminum ramp the durable steel Amramp ramp is completely in tact

Fire-Ready Tip 2 – If possible, plan for the possibility of not being able to reach your wheelchair. Amramp installed a modular wheelchair ramp for a woman who later suffered a fire in her home. She didn't have time to get to her wheelchair, so she held onto the furniture to make it to the front door. She was able to use the railings on the ramp to get to safety.

The Amramp modular ramp that was reinstalled after the fire

Fire-Ready Tip 3 – Invest in a wheelchair ramp and other equipment that will withstand high heat. In the case of the woman mentioned above, soon after she made it to safety, the aluminum front door melted. This is a dangerous failing of other ramps on the market that are made of aluminum or wood. In the intense heat of a fire aluminum melts and wood burns. Due to the durable steel that Amramp ramps are manufactured with, once they scraped the melted aluminum off, they were able to dismantle and reinstall the ramp at her new home the day after the fire.

Another Amramp client, who was a veteran, suffered a house fire in Hazelton, PA. He and his wife were able to escape using their Amramp wheelchair ramp provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Another man managed to escape his quickly engulfed home in Fair Oaks, NC, by using the Amramp modular wheelchair ramp provided by his church. His ramp was also dismantled and re-installed at his mother’s house right away after the fire.

Per design standards, wheelchair ramps are a “means of egress” in a fire and should be fireproof. Amramp modular ramps are made of the same steel used in fire escapes and provide a stable, fireproof exit in the case of fire. Contact Amramp for independent test lab data on ramp-fire safety.

Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013; half of these deaths resulted from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. It is crucial to prepare yourself, your family, and your home so that you have the best possible chance to escape a fire should one occur. It is even more vital for wheelchair users and people with mobility concerns. 

For more information on how to prevent a fire in your home check out the NFPA website.

If you would like to learn more about Amramp’s fireproof modular ramp system

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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