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Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect on the love in your heart. Although you may think this means the love you have for another person, we at Next Day Access have a different idea. We are going to use today to reflect on the love we have for mobility products that help make life just a little bit easier.

Ramps

From aging in place to making your business more accessible, a durable ramp from Next Day Access could be just what you need. We offer both commercial and residential options. Whether you need help accessing your front door, garage door or outside spaces, there are many options to choose from. We also offer customizable options so that you get the perfect fit.

Stair Lifts

Aging in place can be hard when the upper levels of your home are off limits due to stairs. With a stair lift, however, you can safely and easily travel between floors. With multiple options for both straight and curved staircases, there is a lift for almost every home.

Grab Bars

Bathroom injuries account for hundreds of thousands of emergency room trips each year. Making your bathroom a safe place is one way to make life a little easier. Bathroom grab bars can help prevent those slips and falls that are so common when floors become wet and slippery. Placing bars in the shower as well as around the toilet can turn your bathroom into a much safer place.

Vehicle Lifts

Although getting out of the home can be challenging, getting yourself and your mobility equipment in and out of a vehicle presents its own challenges. Vehicle lifts can help ease this burden on both you and your loved ones. These lifts will help you acquire and maintain a more active lifestyle by enabling you to be on the go whenever you choose!

Next Day Access loves helping people gain their freedom back. This month, do what you love a little easier with help from our accessibility products. Need more information? Reach out to any of our experts today!

Whether you have decided to age in place, have mobility issues or recently suffered an injury, regaining your independence can be difficult. Not to mention, assisted living and rehabilitation homes can be a stressful and costly option. In 2017, a private room cost more than $97,000 a year, and hiring a home health aide ran upwards of nearly $50,000 per year; an increase of 6.2% from the previous year. A more cost-efficient way to regain your independence is to stay home with a few modifications. Next Day Access has the products you need to make your transition into regaining your independence a success.

Safety: One of the first things to do when modifying your home is to look at potential safety concerns. Will you be able to move around in your wheelchair or mobility scooter? Are there any potential tripping hazards? It is also important to note any thresholds in the home that have any kind of lip, edge or step. If there are doorways in the home that may have a lip, ledge or step, consider using a Next Day Access threshold ramp. With regular and extra-wide sizes, there is a threshold ramp for every entryway.

Accessibility: Are there multiple steps or landings leading up to your front or garage door? This can cause problems for anyone who utilizes a mobility scooter, wheelchair or walking aid. Next Day Access offers a variety of ramps that are customizable to fit your needs. Whether you need a solid surface ramp or open-weave, we have options that fit a variety of climates and functions.

Adaptability: When you modify your home to create the most independence possible, consider all areas including the bathroom and upper levels of the home. There are a variety of products and accessories from Next Day Access that will make your home more accessible for everyday life. Bathroom grab bars are an easy way to ensure that your bathroom is a safe and accessible place for everyone. Both around the toilet and in the shower, grab bars can help with ease of use as well as help prevent injuries. Also, if stairs in the home are preventing complete independence, a stair lift might be a good option. From straight stairs to those that curve, a stair lift can give you ease of access to all floors of the home.

Regaining your independence in the new year does not have to be an overwhelming goal. Next Day Access not only has the products you need, but the experts to make it happen. Contact us today and let us show you what products will benefit you!

As a spouse or child of a senior citizen, you want to ensure that your loved one is as safe as possible, while also enjoying a high quality of life. Thankfully, technology makes it easier for accessibility around the home. Check out these five smart home features that are sure to give you peace of mind.

  1. Smart Home Assistant

Devices such as a Google Home and the Amazon Echo are voice-activated assistants that can control devices around the house (like a thermostat), provide entertainment, make calls and answer millions of unique questions. This means that anyone with vision impairments or reduced finger dexterity can easily reach out to loved ones on the phone, find services available near their home and call for help if they have been hurt.

  1. Video Doorbell

Safety is a huge concern for those who live alone. With a smart home doorbell that connects over home Wi-Fi, a homeowner receives an alert, or chime, on their phone or wall-mounted device every time someone rings the doorbell. This is perfect for those with mild hearing impairments, as it’s easier for them to hear the chime if their phone is in close proximity to them. Doorbells for smart homes also have video capability. This allows the homeowner to see who is at their door before they even open it. That way, they limit the risk of opening the door to an untrustworthy stranger.

  1. Light Switch Apps

Many senior citizens are at risk for major injury every time they fall. Fumbling in the dark as they reach for a light switch can increase their risk. With a Wi-Fi enabled light switch, your loved one can turn on the lights by simply pressing a button on their phone. Before getting out of bed, they can take steps to ensuring their own safety.

  1. Automatic Pill Dispensers

As people age, it’s common practice to take vitamins in order to maintain health, and the older someone gets, the more pills they have to take. Traditional pill boxes are chunky and hard to open if someone suffers from arthritis or limited dexterity. With an automatic pill dispenser, you just press a button and the pills you need are delivered right to your hand. You can even receive alerts on your phone when it is time to take a pill. If you are looking out for a loved one, some apps even notify you when someone has taken their medicine.

  1. Cabinet Lift System

Another falling risk senior citizens encounter every day is from trying to reach the top shelf. Whether they are balancing on their tiptoes or stepping on a ladder, it’s easy to take a spill trying to get something that’s out of reach. If a cabinet lift system is installed, the cabinet can be lowered with a button, minimizing the fall risk.

Check out these smart home features for your loved ones or look into Next Day Access’s accessibility solutions to keep them healthy and happy. We’re here to help you find the balance between ensuring their safety and allowing them to live an independent lifestyle they enjoy.

It’s National Senior Citizens Day and Next Day Access wants to help you keep your mind and body young. By keeping your mental and physical health in check you can prolong your health and make life more enjoyable. With just a few adjustments, you can keep yourself fit well into old age.

 

Most people don’t think about staying mentally fit. However, keeping your mind engaged as you age is vital to your overall health. One of the biggest things you can do to combat those “senior moments” is continuing to learn and exercising your mind. You can actually build and maintain brain cells by incorporating challenging tasks that stimulate your intellect.

 

  • Try out a new hobby: Who says you can’t learn a new trick when you’re older? Picking up a new hobby like needlepoint or checkers will keep your brain muscles moving. Continually motivating your mind will prevent the deterioration of brain connections keeping you sharp year after year.
  • Give your memory a boost: One of the easiest ways to stimulate your mind is by giving your memory a workout. Try something simple, like writing down a list of words. An hour later, how many words from the list can you remember? Doing this exercise and testing your ability to recall items will stimulate your mind and boost those neural pathways.

 

Another more obvious way to keep yourself fit is by staying active. Some will find it much easier to jump right back into an exercise routine while others might struggle with the new activity. However, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Regular exercise reduces the risks of falls and bone fractures, lowers the risk of blood clots and heart disease, and can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

  • Go for a walk: Taking a quick walk can drastically improve your health. A short 20-minute walk around the neighborhood can improve your overall balance by strengthening your legs and hips. To increase the health benefits of a walk, invite a friend. Studies show that having a chat with a friend can drastically reduce stress levels and promote overall health.
  • Sit and build strength: It’s also important to note that not everyone can get up and out of the house. Thankfully, there are plenty of exercises you can do from the comfort of your bed or chair. Work on upper arm strength by simply curling a dumbbell or heavy object. You can also work your thighs and knee flexors by doing leg lifts.

 

Next Day Access hopes you will keep your mind and body active this National Senior Citizen’s Day and every day. We hope that you are inspired to get out and try something new today. Whether you join a friend for a brisk walk around a park or you try out checkers for the first time, there is no better day than today to give your health a boost.

Contrary to popular belief, modifying your home to improve accessibility can actually increase your home’s value. With just a few adjustments you can drastically improve not only your home’s value but also its desirability when you get ready to sell. Next Day Access has compiled a list of simple home modifications you can do to improve your quality of life at home and improve your selling chances when you put your home on the market.

 

It’s time to start looking down.

  • Your flooring is one of the simplest fixes you can do to make your home more accessible. Carpet makes moving around much harder for both people in wheelchairs and those who use canes or walkers. Uneven flooring can also be cause for concern as it creates a hazard. By replacing these items with level hardwoods, you make your home much more accessible. It also increases your home’s value with an ROI of up to 250%.

 

Bigger is better.

  • Another thing to consider when making your home more accessibility friendly is widening the entryways and hallways. Standard doorways can be anywhere from around 24” to 32”. Ideally, widening door and entryways to 36” will make them not only more accessible to those in wheelchairs but also anyone carrying a package, groceries, or a child. Hallways are another area you may consider widening. Although this can be an expensive fix, it can also do wonders for the overall look of your home. Adding just 6” to the width of your hallway can make your home seem much larger, adding square footage where there wasn’t any before.

 

Make everyday a spa day.

  • It’s widely known that kitchen and bathroom remodels are where you can get the most bang for your buck when it comes to ROI. One project that can take your bathroom to a whole new level is installing a zero-entry shower. Not only do these showers give the ambiance of a spa but they are also easily accessible for those with mobility issues. Next Day Access has a wide range of fully accessible shower options to make your spa bathroom a reality.

 

Whether your home just needs an update or you are looking to adjust for limited mobility, there are simple fixes you can implement. As you look to change your home, know that these fixes can actually improve your home’s value while making your life easier at the same time. Contact Next Day Access today if you want to discuss even more ways you can make your home barrier-free for everyone!

Over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury and over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries, according to the CDC. It is also estimated that 20% to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as: bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries. Slips and falls are mainly caused by a slippery surface. Here are 3 ways you can prevent slipping and falling because you do not want to become one of those statistics.

  1. Grab Bars Small spills, clutter, and loose flooring could result in an increase in injuries. Slip and fall accidents are a very common cause for brain injuries and account for 46% of fatal falls for older Americans. For people who may have limited mobility, a grab bar can provide a much safer way to get in and out of places such as the bathroom. These bars are primarily used as safety rails for toilets and in showers which aid in stability. Grab bars create a sense of security and improved independence in the home.
  2. Threshold ramps Doorways and uneven surfaces can cause problems in any house. If you have limited mobility, a threshold ramp might be the best answer to combat this problem. Threshold ramps feature a safer incline to make easing over uneven surfaces a breeze. This will help create independence for those living alone and can help those assisting others move easily and safely throw door and entryways. These ramps are available in aluminum, rubber, plastic and even extra-wide models to fit any home.
  3. StairliftsFalling up or down the stairs can cause hip fractures, head traumas, spinal cord injuries and in severe cases, even death. Stairlifts allow you to move between levels in your home safely and confidently. They are available in a variety of different styles and models so you can find the right fit for you and your needs.

More and more people are choosing to age in place. However, the typical home can be full of hazards if you aren’t paying attention. From small spills in the bathroom to pesky stairs, danger can be anywhere. Next Day Access is committed to helping you find products to make your home a safer place. Contact us today to see which solutions work best for you!

Are you planning a summer vacation or even a staycation, but you’re unsure what you need to do to keep you and your mobility equipment safe?  Next Day Access understands your worries and in honor of National Safety Month, we have compiled a list of items to remember when traveling and using your mobility chair this summer.

  1. Use Your Portable Mobility Ramp Safely

Our wheelchair ramps are customized to meet the specific needs of each of our customers. This customization, coupled with proper use of the product, is crucial for safety. You mobility ramp is key to being able to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Be sure you know not only how to properly have your ramp set up, but also how to store your portable ramp, in order to ensure safety and security.

  1. Think Ahead and Bring Backup Equipment

One of the best things you can do to stay safe is to always be prepared. Always double check that your equipment is properly charged and you have backup batteries and chargers packed as well. One more thing to think of is what you would do in case of a power outage. This applies to any items that would need to be charged.

  1. Plan Ahead

It is important to plan for any accessibility needs before heading out. If you know of potential issues ahead of time, you can start by calling your destination before your arrival to discuss your needs. This will not only alleviate your stress but it also gives your destination the opportunity to prepare for your entrance.

  1. Staying Cool as Temperatures Rise

Staying hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months, especially for mobility chair users. Never leave the house without water or some other fluid and be sure you know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke. Remember: the first signs of dehydration is being thirsty so drink up!

A little planning ahead of time can ensure you have a great summer. Whether you are staying local or venturing to a sunny destination, always ensure that you are prepared and that safety comes first. If you have any questions regarding mobility products or how to properly use your mobility chair or ramp, contact the helpful customer service team at Next Day Access!

Mobility is the most common disability among older Americans. So it’s no wonder that everyday tasks can present new and challenging difficulties. This becomes increasingly true for those who choose to age in place. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Next Day Access wants to make sure you live in a home without barriers. This includes making sure you have a quality product that increases your safety while at home.

  1. Shower and Tub Safety

According to the CDC, over 1.5 million aging adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury due to the slippery surfaces that come with water. There are a few steps you can take to help prevent slips and falls. A walk-in shower is an easy way to either take your mobility chair into the shower or avoid losing your balance by stepping over the high edge of a tub. Walk-in tubs provide the same security of not having to make a huge step in but allow you the relaxation of soaking in a tub.

 

  1. Adjusting Problem Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub or shower stall, install reachable grab bars by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. One more thing to not forget, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. For even more ease in the bathroom, Next Day Access recommends a Bio Bidet. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the Bio Bidet offers a cleansing method that sets it apart from the competition.

 

  1. Keeping it Clean

Since bathrooms set you up for falls, don’t leave things to chance. Make sure all spills are immediately wiped up and the bathroom floor is not slick from residue. Additionally, don’t let décor stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. Also make sure that any rugs or bath mats are tied securely to the floor to avoid a tripping or fall hazard. For even more safety, cover sharp edges of counters, cabinets and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

 

Although bathrooms can be a huge safety hazard if you aren’t careful, these tips and products can help keep you or your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about home safety and how you can make your home more accessible, contact the team at Next Day Access today.

It’s not a conversation we ever wish to have but sometimes it’s necessary. You notice your parents struggling to get up the stairs or get around in the bathroom safely. At first you may think it’s just a phase but you slowly start to realize their episodes on the stairs and in the bathroom are a common occurrence. You know it’s time to have a tough conversation with your loved one. But how do you do that without causing more distress? Take a look at these tips!

  1. Always approach with love, kindness and compassion: Going into these conversations with the right attitude and tone is so critical. Step into their shoes and understand that change is hard and slowly losing your independence is a difficult and frustrating transition. Listen to them and hear what they’re saying before responding after presenting the changes you wish to make to their home.

 

  1. Present Your Solutions: Lay out your plan for their care and present how adding things like grab bars or stair lifts can better help with their well-being. You’ll want to have done your research and provide accurate information when it comes to what solutions you’re looking into. Don’t forget to add in the benefits of installing a ramp or stair lift to ensure your loved one sees the benefits.

 

  1. Ask for their input: Don’t forget to include them in the decision once you’ve presented to them. Asking what they would like to see or would make life easier for them is key to helping them remain as a decision maker and maintain independence.

 

  1. Know this is ongoing: Things will continue to change for loved ones as they grow older. Make sure it’s known there could be follow-ups to this initial conversation. Discussions of a home health care nurse coming to help or assisted living could potentially come up and have their mind readied for these conversations can help them in the future.

 

We understand these conversations are difficult and they tend to not get any easier. We hope these four tips can help you approach these discussions with love and compassion. Have you had to have these tough conversations? If so, what are some tips you could share with others?

If you or a loved one is feeling trapped in their own home due to the fact they can’t access their various levels of their home, we have a cost-effective solution for you. Installing a stair lift may be just what you’re looking for. Designed to provide safe accessibility, we can help you find and install just what you’re needing. Take a look at these added benefits of installing a stair lift.

1. Ensured Safety:

You no longer have to worry about the tricky stairs along with the trips and falls they cause. As the sense of balance diminishes as we age, moving things up and down a set of stairs can turn into a true hazard, real fast. Adding a stair lift in the home is one way to help provide peace of mind for both parents and children.

2. Comfortable and Trusted Design:

We work with brands that we believe in their products and we trust and know will get the job done. If you have a curved or straight staircase, we can help you find the right model. Most models are designed so they aren’t in the way in the high traffic area of a staircase.

3. Greater Sense of Independence:

Our loved one may face emotional struggles as they have to rely on others to help them around the house but adding a stair lift can help them regain a little bit of that lost independence. They’ll be able to move safely about their home and someone doesn’t have to always be there watching over their shoulder. Think about what that could mean for a loved one.

To learn more about the stair lift brands and products we care visit our website here. No matter the stair case, budget or look you’re wanting, we have something for everyone. Contact us today to find a dealer near you.